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The Legend of Hole in the Day

Last year I wrote a long newsletter article examining the legend of Chief Hole in the Day I. This legend states that so long as the Chief’s grave on the bluff north of Little Falls, MN, is not disturbed, bad weather will not strike Little Falls. It was a legend I first heard as a kid from my father and I was curious as to how it arose. My investigation led to some surprising conclusions.

Once the article went out in the newsletter to our members, we republished it in booklet form and put it on sale at the museum for $3.00 plus tax. It’s still for sale here, but we also wanted to make it available online within a year of its original publication. Well, a year is now up, so you’ll find “The Legend of Hole in the Day” available in pdf form by clicking this link. You’ll also find a link to the booklet listed on the People page of the History section of the website. Happy reading!

Anton Treuer Reading at Weyerhaeuser Museum

We are excited to announce that Dr. Anton Treuer, professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University and author of The Assassination of Hole in the Day, will be appearing at the Weyerhaeuser Museum on Wednesday, November 17. We’re partnering with Bookin’ It Bookstore of Little Falls, MN, on the event. Dr. Treuer will be doing a book-signing at the bookstore from 4-5 p.m.

At 6:30 he will be at the Weyerhaeuser Museum for a meet-and-greet and then will do a reading at 7 p.m. His book will available for sale at both venues during the event.

The Assassination of Hole in the Day examines the murder of Chief Hole in the Day II by a group of Ojibwe men. There’s a more complete description of the book here.

Book cover: Anton Treuer's "The Assassination of Hole in the Day," published in 2010.

Book cover: Anton Treuer's "The Assassination of Hole in the Day," published in 2010.

Members of the Morrison County Historical Society will have received their newsletters by now featuring an article we produced on “The Legend of Hole in the Day,” which concerns Chief Hole in the Day I.  For non-members and those who want extra copies, the article is being redesigned in booklet form and will be available for sale at the event as well.

Booklet cover: "The Legend of Hole in the Day" by Mary Warner, published by the Morrison County Historical Society, 2010.

Booklet cover: "The Legend of Hole in the Day" by Mary Warner, published by the Morrison County Historical Society, 2010.

The book-signing and reading are free and open to the public, so come and bring your friends and family. We’ll even be serving treats at the museum. (Do you really need that as a bribe?)

-Mary Warner

Minnesota and Dacotah

I continue to be astounded by the amount of information that can be found online, and how that data grows in exponential leaps within a matter of months. An effort has been underway for years now to digitize books, particularly from the past, which is a researcher’s dream, but a nightmare for authors when it comes to copyright concerns. Google Book Search is the most visible player in the realm of book digitization, partially because Google is so big, but also because it has been maneuvering the thicket of digital rights negotiations with the publishing industry.

Before there was Google Book Search, however, there was Project Gutenberg. Its goal is to provide the full text of books online, to make books freely available to the reading public. Project Gutenberg has over 28,000 books available through its online catalog and offers around 100,000 books through its Partners, Affiliates and Resources. Project Gutenberg has sidestepped thorny copyright issues by concentrating on digitizing books already in the public domain.

You may be asking yourself at this point, “What does this have to do with Morrison County history?” For some time now, Project Gutenberg has had the text of “Minnesota and Dacotah” by C. C. Andrews available for download through its online catalog. The book is a compilation of letters written by Andrews concerning a trip he took into Minnesota Territory in 1856. (The C. C. part of his name is short for Christopher Columbus. Perhaps his name inspired an urge to travel.)

Andrews traveled from Baltimore to Chicago and from there to St. Paul, which was his starting point for investigating other parts of what is now Minnesota. During his travels, he went through Swan River and Little Falls in Morrison County, and continued on to Crow Wing. He met with Chief Hole-in-the-Day II, who had a considerable influence on what is now Morrison County. The details Andrews provides, which are laced heavily with his opinions, give an interesting picture of life in the territory at that time.

And best of all? The book is free and readily available. Check out Project Gutenberg and see what other treasures you can find.