NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Rhoda Gilman to speak at Independent Scholars Forum May 19

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The Minnesota Independent Scholars Forum has begun their Spring 2012 series of programs. All programs are at the Hosmer Public Library, 36th Street at 4th Avenue in Minneapolis. The meetings are at 10:30 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month. All are free and open to the public.

Renowned historian and writer, Rhoda Gilman, is the featured speaker on Saturday, May 19. She will discuss her new book, Stand Up! The Story of Minnesota’s Protest Tradition, published by the Minnesota Historical Society. The book reveals Minnesota’s rich tradition of political and cultural movements, many of which have achieved national prominence. The volume includes profiles of the charismatic personalities who were involved.

Well known to Minnesota historians Gilman has also been active in the anti-nuclear movement; as a Green Party activist in 2002 as candidate she ran for Lieutenant Governor on the Green Party ticket.

The June 16 MISF presentation commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Dakota War of 1862. Speaker is Stephen Osman, recently retired senior historian with the Minnesota Historical Society where for three decades he managed Historic Fort Snelling.

Osman’s topic is “Minnesota’s Own Civil War: A Primer.” He will discuss the fact that in six tragic weeks more people were killed than all of the Minnesotans who died in the Civil War. The western half of the state was depopulated. Minnesota’s Dakota people were evicted from the state, leaving scars that remain to this day. Osman will discuss the causes of the conflict, show pictures of the battlefields, and consider the legacy of the Dakota War.

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