Library offers free presentations and workshops

In the coming weeks, the Hennepin County Library is hosting several author presentations, a genealogy workshop and a presentation about the 1862 Dakota uprising. It is also looking for volunteers to help with Wikipedia research.  

Talk of the Stacks with David Treuer

Tuesday, Feb. 21
7 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

David Treuer will discuss “Rez Life," his first full-length work of nonfiction that Treuer examines Native American reservation life, past and present. Treuer, acclaimed author of "Little," "The Hiawatha" and "The Translation of Dr. Apelles," has received a Pushcart Prize, the Minnesota Book Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Bush Foundation for his work. A professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California, he divides his time between Los Angeles and Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota.

Minneapolis History Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Saturday, Feb. 25
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Minnesota Wikipedia users and local historians are invited to help increase the depth of information on Minneapolis history topics using materials from the library’s Minneapolis Collection. Pick a topic of interest or work from a list developed by Special Collections librarians.

Challenges of black genealogy

This One Minneapolis, One Read wrap-up event will feature master storyteller and librarian Jerry Blue who will share the experience of tracing his family history. He also will demonstrate resources to help you dig up your own black genealogy roots. Registration is required: Register online or call (612) 543-6875.

Saturday, Feb. 25
2 – 3 p.m.
Sumner Library, 611 Van White Memorial Blvd.

Colonel Sibley and the 3rd Minnesota in the Dakota Uprising of 1862

Tuesday, March 13
7 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Noted Civil War historian Dr. Joseph Fitzharris will examine the experience of the 3rd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry in the 1862 Dakota War. Captured by Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest in July, they were exchanged and returned to Minnesota by August 1862.

Talk of the Stacks with Benjamin Busch

Tuesday, March 27
7 p.m.
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

Benjamin Busch will discuss his memoir “Dust to Dust," which explores life and death, war and peace, childhood and revelations of adulthood. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Busch is a decorated U.S. Marine officer who served two combat tours in Iraq, an acclaimed actor (“The Wire”), award-winning photographer and short film director, and son of celebrated novelist Frederick Busch.

Additional programs and services

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Published Feb 15, 2012