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History of protest in Minnesota is meeting topic

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news Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Rhoda Gilman, a Minnesota historian, will be in the Brainerd lakes area on May 30 to talk about the history of protest in Minnesota. She will be talk about this rich history at 7 PM at Lord of Life Church in Baxter. This event, sponsored by the Brainerd Lakes League of Women Voters, is free and open to the public.

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The topic is the heart of her newest book, “Stand Up!”, published in 2012. She will discuss what makes Minnesotans unique in their approach to protest.

Gilman joined the staff of the Minnesota Historical Society in 1958 as a research assistant on a project related to Ignatius Donnelly, the state’s 19th-century spokesman for populism. For the next 34 years, as an editor, researcher, writer, and administrator, she worked to broaden and deepen knowledge of Minnesota’s history, especially its Indian people and its women.

She has written several books, including “The Story of Minnesota’s Past”, which was originally published as a textbook for middle school students, “Red River Trails” (1979), and a full-length biography, “Henry Hastings Sibley: Divided Heart” (2004), of the state’s first governor.

Her articles have appeared in Minnesota History, The Smithsonian Journal of History, Journal of the West, the Wisconsin Magazine of History, Daedalus, and many others.

She was a longtime supporter and contributor to the North Country Anvil, an alternative magazine published in Millville, from 1972 to 1989. After her retirement she edited an anthology of its articles and poetry, which was entitled Ringing in the Wilderness.

In 2008 she and her daughter, Betsy Raasch-Gilman, were both honored by the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation of Minneapolis for their work toward peace and social justice.

For more information contact Bob Passi at 825-0397.

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