Sunday, May 22, 2016

May 24 Minnesota's French History

L’Alliance Française a plaisir d’accueillir l’auteur de renommé Mary Lethert Wingerd pour une grande réception dans notre Grande Salle.

Local author and Saint Cloud State professor Mary Wingerd will be giving a historical overview on her book North Country: the Making of Minnesota.

$10 for AFMSP members and $15 for general public.

Mary Wingerd: North Country the Making of Minnesota
Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30-8:30 pm
$10 AF members, $15 General Public

Please RSVP HERE or call our office at 612 332 0436.

Today, the map of Minnesota is dotted with places that bear French names, which are as Wingerd puts it, “physical reminders of more than one hundred years of the French and Indian encounter.” Going beyond just the French-Indian war, Wingerd cites the ways in which French and Indians shared kinship connections, trade agreements, and land. Her history of the French and Indian hybrid culture and the way it influenced Minnesota through history and today is intricate, taking into account the interests of all who were present in this history. Through Wingerd’s historical construction, we can better understand the French role within this complicated, interconnected history of our region.

A discussion and book signing session will follow the presentation. Refreshments will be provided.

About the author:

Mary Wingerd holds a doctorate in history from Duke University and is Professor of History and Director of the Graduate Program in Public History at St. Cloud State University. She is the author of numerous articles and two prize-winning books. Her most recent book, North Country: The Making of Minnesota, explores the important French imprint on the region that became L’Etoile du Nord.

Awards: Minnesota Book Award winner & Winner of the Hognander Minnesota History Award.

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