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Looking back 150 years at the Dakota Sioux uprising

Marie Koenigs' wedding dress was adorned with Ojibwe beadwork. She will speak on Wednesday, January 25 at 1 p.m. as part of the speaker series held at the Runestone Museum. Contributed1 / 2
Marie Koenigs will bring her family's intricate Ojibwe beadwork to the Runestone Museum when she speaks on Wednesday, January 25 at 1 p.m. as part of the speaker series. Contributed2 / 2

The Runestone Museum in Alexandria is sponsoring a series of speakers in recognition of the 150th anniversary of the 1862 Dakota Sioux uprising.

Following is a schedule of events.

Marie Koenigs

Wednesday, January 25 at 1 p.m.

Marie Koenigs, a retired teacher from Benson who is part Ojibwe, will speak. Koenigs will share a verbal history of the culture and customs of her Ojibwe family and will show the intricate bead work of her aunt and mother.

Candace Simar

Wednesday, February 1 at 1 p.m.

Candace Simar, a poet and author from Pequot Lakes, will speak. Simar wrote Abercrombie Trail: A Novel of the 1862 Uprising. As a grandchild of Scandinavian immigrants, Simar has a passion for Minnesota history and how life might have been for the settlers.

This book was written after learning how little her adult children knew about the 1862 Minnesota Sioux uprising. Her great-grandfather drove the stagecoach from St. Cloud to Fort Abercrombie in the years directly after the uprising. Her book tells the story of Evan Jacobson - a story that might have been her great-grandfather's had he arrived in the area sooner.

Simar's writing also appears in Her Voice Magazine, Lake Country Journal, The Talking Stick, Dust & Fire, Bylines Writer's Calendar, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Mother in All but Name by Marguerite Bouvard, and The Ultimate Christmas.

She also authors a weekly e-mail devotional called Sweet Honey from the Rock, and has works published in the Christian Online Magazine, The Spirit-Led Writer, The Seed Sower, Living Each Day, The Bible Advocate, and other online publications.

She has also received several awards for her work.

Curtis Dahlin

Wednesday, February 8 at 1 p.m.

Curtis Dahlin, an independent historian specializing in the Dakota Uprising of 1862 in Minnesota, will discuss his book, The Dakota Uprising - A Pictorial History. It contains about 275 period photographs of people and places involved in the Dakota Uprising.

Dahlin grew up on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Indian Reservation near Sisseton, South Dakota. He obtained a degree in history, spent two years in the U.S. Army, and then worked for the Minnesota Department of Transportation for 35 years. Since retiring in 2002, he had spent his time researching and writing on the 1862 uprising.

He also published Dakota Uprising Victims: Gravestones & Stories and contributed an essay for Trails of Tears: Minnesota's Dakota Indian Exile Begins. He also has three shorter booklets on the uprising, plus Tales of the Dakota Uprising: Period Eyewitness Accounts. He is currently involved with publishing a semi-annual magazine titled Minnesota's Heritage, that deals primarily with aspects of the uprising.

All three events take place at the Runestone Museum, 206 Broadway in Alexandria. The sessions are free for museum members, or $5 each for nonmembers. Limited seating is available. Call (320) 763-3160 or e-mail bigole@rea-alp.comfor more information.