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Dec 02

From Nashville to the Kensington Stone: A Look Back at EGF History by Andrea Lorenz

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on December 2, 2022 at 10:37 AM by Genesis Gaule

Did you know that East Grand Forks was originally known as Nashville? It was named this after William C. Nash, fur trader and government mail carrier between Abercrombie and Pembina, in 1874. Nash was born in Pennsylvania, but came to the area in 1863. He built the first house (of a White man) at the fork of the Red and Red Lake Rivers, waiting for the flood of settlers he was sure was coming to buy land.* 

Before this, the land was inhabited by the Ojibwe people, who freely ranged across the areas that would become Manitoba, Minnesota, and North Dakota. In October of 1863, they signed the Treaty of Old Crossing under duress, ceding 11 million acres of Ojibwe domain to the United States Government.

Drawn map of Red River Valley (Lisbon, ND to Roseau, MN) featuring Old Crossing Treaty boundaries

Before the Ojibwe were established, there’s disputed evidence that a group of Norsemen visited the area in 1362. Three miles from Kensington, MN, Farmer Olaf Ohman and his two young sons found a nearly 200 pound stone inscribed with what appeared to be runic characters stating:

“8 Goths and 22 Norwegians on a journey of discovery from Vinland westward. We had a camp by 2 rocky islets one day’s journey north from this stone. We were out fishing one day. When we returned home we found 10 men red with blood and dead. AVM save us from evil. Have 10 men by the sea to look after our vessel 14 days’ journey from this island. Year 1362.” 

A photograph of the Kensington Stone

Supposedly at the command of Magnus Erickson, ruler of Norway and Sweden, a band of Vikings traveled across Hudson’s Bay, up the Nelson River, across Lake Winnipeg and then entering the Red River of the North until navigation became impractical (around where East Grand Forks now sits). After a march overland, 10 of the party were killed; the survivors then carved the stone, buried it and moved on to parts unknown.**

* The name was officially changed to East Grand Forks in 1883.

** Modern scholars believe the Kensington Stone to be a forgery, likely carved by immigrant farmers with expertise in stone cutting and the runic alphabet – a hoax created for entertainment during the long Minnesota winters.

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Nov 15

Book Notes 11/14/2022

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on November 15, 2022 at 10:38 AM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes

11/14/2022


Come join us Thursday, November 17 @ 5:30 pm for the Anime Club!  All ages are welcome to join us as we enjoy the genre of anime. More information...


How Do We Know Ourselves? by David G. Myers

Curiosities and Marvels of the Human Mind // A delightful tour of the wonders of our humanity from David G. Myers, the award-winning professor and author of psychology's bestselling textbook.

150 MYERS


Reconnecting after Isolation by Susan J. Noonan

Coping with Anxiety, Depression, Grief, PTSD, and More // An accessible, concise, and comprehensive guide to understanding and dealing with the impact and consequences of social isolation.

302.545 NOONAN


Seen and Unseen by Elizabeth Partridge & Lauren Tamaki

What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams's Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration // This nonfiction picture book for middle grade readers examines the Japanese-American incarceration-and the complexity of documenting it-through the work of these three photographers.

940.53177 PARTRIDGE


Create Your Dream Home on a Budget by Daniel & Noell Jett

Practical Advice, Inspiration, and Projects // Seasoned home-renovation experts and TikTok stars Daniel and Noell Jett (@JettSetFarmhouse) know a thing or two about building gorgeous homes with cost-effective tips and tricks. You'll learn how to add functionality, beauty, and charm to each room of your home--including ideas for outdoor spaces--whether you're renovating or building from the ground up!

643.5 JETT


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Sep 27

Book Notes 9/26/2022

Posted to Campbell Unclassified on September 27, 2022 at 9:57 AM by Genesis Gaule

Blog Book Notes

9/26/2022


Support your library at the Friends of the Library Book Sale! October 7 & 8 @ 8 am - 5 pm. More information...


Indigenous Continent  by Pekka Hämäläinen

The Epic Contest for North America // In this book Pekka Hämäläinen overturns the traditional, Eurocentric narrative, demonstrating that, far from being weak and helpless "victims" of European colonialism, Indigenous peoples controlled North America well into the 19th century.

970.004 HAMALAINEN


What the Fact?  by Dr. Seema Yasmin

Finding the Truth in All the Noise //Tracing the spread of misinformation and disinformation through our fast-moving media landscape, a journalist, scientist, medical professional, and professor gives readers the skills to identify and counter poorly sourced clickbait and misleading headlines.

302.23 YASMIN


When Children Feel Pain by Rachel Rabkin Peachman & Anna C. Wilson

From Everyday Aches to Chronic Conditions // Drawing on the latest research, two leading voices on pediatric pain show parents, teachers, and medical practitioners how to help when they are needed most, attuning adults to practical strategies that make real difference in kids' lives.

618.92 PEACHMAN


The Story of Russia by Orlando Figes

This book is a fresh approach to the thousand years of Russia's history, concerned as much with the ideas that have shaped how Russians think about their past as it is with the events and personalities comprising it.

947 FIGES


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