Bishop Whipple at Fort Snelling

Bishop Whipple at Fort Snelling, 1863

On October 18th at 6:30 p.m. the Northfield Historical Society is sponsoring a talk in conjunction with its newest exhibit, 1862 Through Rice County’s Eyes.

The 150th Anniversary of the US Dakota Conflict this year has created a renewed interest and dialogue about the United States’ single bloodiest event with Native Americans. As the Civil War was a milestone in American history so the US Dakota Conflict was a defining event for the Dakota people and in the creation of the State of Minnesota. This presentation, given my local amateur historian Tim Madigan will focus on the prism used by various groups and individuals to view the Conflict and its aftermath.

Madigan was a history major in college, and Tim taught high school history and social studies for four years before entering the city management field. Three years of his teaching experience was in Morton MN site of the start of the US Dakota Conflict. While at Morton he designed a local history class and became familiar with many of the sites and events of the Conflict. He has also lived in Mankato and Faribault, cities with close ties to the events of the Conflict. For the past 33 years he has worked in the city management field in five cities.

The presentation starts at 6:30 at the Scriver Building in historic downtown Northfield. Refreshments will be provided.