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The Fur Trade in Minnesota: An Introductory Guide to Manuscript Sources

White, Bruce M
This resource guide presents specific manuscript sources, found in the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, related to the fur trade in Minnesota including the Minnesota River Valley. A listing of additional collections is appended, as well as a roster of fur traders from 1795-1822.

Lac Qui Parle and the Dakota Mission

Willand , John
Based primarily on manuscripts in the collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, this publication presents the story of Dakota Mission work in southern Minnesota during the nineteenth century. The author reports in detail on the formation, establishment, and decline of the Dakota Mission, with much attention paid to the backgrounds and personalities of the individuals involved. The mission at Lac Qui Parle is emphasized, with chapters addressing the building of the station and its domestic life. A bibliography and chronology of events are appended.
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Early Days at Fort Snelling

Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society
Drawing primarily from accounts in an 1852 book on pioneer women, this article explores life at Fort Snelling during the first several years following its establishment in 1819. Viewed from the perspective military officers' wives, descriptions cover such topics as climate and weather, food, housing, encounters with Indians, and the building of the fort.
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