Henry H. Sibley was and continues to be a controversial
figure in Minnesota's history. He was a partner in the American
Fur Company, a hastily commissioned officer during the Dakota
Conflict of 1862, a territorial legislator, and eventually a governor.
Historian Rhoda Gilman has studied the life of Henry
Sibley for many years and recently published the comprehensive
biography Henry Sibley: Divided Heart. Gilman believes the complexity
of the role that Sibley played in relation to the Dakota Indians
may be better understood in the post-911 world than it has been
in earlier times. On Wednesday, February 9, Gilman will discuss
her work in a presentation entitled "Henry Sibley: The Consequences
of Conquest" in SMSU campus room IL 214 at 1 PM.
Gilman's talk is part of the Center for Rural and
Regional Studies Fellows welcome to SMSU. Immediately following
her talk a reception and welcome will be held to introduce the
2005 Rural and Regional Fellows, Knut Oyangen and Jorie Miller.
The Open House Reception will be from 2-3:15 PM in IL 212. This
program is made possible by funding from the Otto Bremer Foundation.