Traveling Exhibit Coming to SMSU

Kim Watkins, News Editor

What came from a course at Gustavus Adolphus College in St Peter, Minn. turned into a project that portrays a controversial, yet important topic in U.S. history.

“Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota-U.S. War of 1862” is a traveling museum exhibit that will be on display Nov. 5-29 at Southwest Minnesota State University in SS 101 (Social Science Museum) from 9 a.m.-noon Mondays through Fridays.

Though the exhibit only covers a six-week period of this event, it still reflects the controversies between Native Americans and the United States government.

“We are fortunate to have it here…[I’m] hoping a lot of people will see it,” Jan Louwagie, regional research center coordinator, said.

Along with the exhibit, SMSU alumna Janet Timmerman will be on campus Nov. 7 in CH 201 at 7 p.m. to present “Red Earth, White Road: Experiences of the LaFramboise Family,” an essay she has been working on for many years.

Timmerman is the program coordinator for the History Center of Olmsted County as well as an adjunct faculty member at Rochester Community and Technical College.

“It’s a great opening week activity and it’s timely that her essay is being published…it’s brand new and a nice way to kick off her new study. Some copies [of the essay] will be available for the first time ever,” Louwagie said.

These events are sponsored by the Southwest Minnesota Regional Research Center, the SMSU Social Science Museum, the SMSU Social Science Department, the SMSU Oyate and History clubs and the Society for the Study of Local and Regional History.

This project was funded by Gustavus Adolphus College, the Nicollet County Historical Society, the Minnesota Humanities Center, the Minnesota Historical Society and the people of Minn. through a grant funded by an appropriation to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

“It’s an attempt to discuss a controversial topic…it’s worth presenting and discussing. If we can’t discuss the controversies and mistakes we’ve made in the past, there’s no way to learn from them,” Louwagie said.

For more information or to schedule a visit during off-hours, call 507-537-7373 or email [email protected]

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