St. Kate's faculty member wins Minnesota Historical Society award
Associate Professor of History Jane Lamm Carroll '80. Photo by Tony Nelson.

St. Kate's faculty member wins Minnesota Historical Society award

Associate Professor of History Jane Lamm Carroll '80 has won the Minnesota Historical Society's Solon J. Buck Award for the best article of the year in the society’s Minnesota History magazine.

Carroll was recognized for her article "This Higgledy-Piggledy Assembly: The McLeods, an Anglo-Dakota Family in Early Minnesota," which appeared in the summer 2007 issue. She was recognized at an awards ceremony in December.

Her article focused on Martin McLeod, a college-educated Scottish-Canadian who left Montreal in 1836 to find his fortunes west. He came to the Minnesota territory in 1837, married and raised his family during the time when Minnesota succumbed to the cultural influences brought by an influx of Anglo settlers.

McLeod embodied the multiculturalism of the early Minnesota dominated by a fur trade that fostered economic, societal and cultural bonds between Indians and Anglos. He worked for the American Fur Co. and married a woman of Anglo-Dakota Indian parentage with whom he had five children.

Although McLeod died in 1847, his family lived to see Minnesota became a society dominated by Anglo-American settlers and to witness their culture and laws relegate Indians and multicultural Euro-Indian families to the fringes of the community.

Faculty coordinator of the St. Kate's Antonian Scholars Honors Program, Carroll is an expert on American social, constitutional and political history, American women's history, the history of feminism in western society and Minnesota history.

Her current research interests include Anglo-Dakota families in 19th and early 20th century Minnesota. She was a lecturer for the Historical Society's 2006 National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for teachers, "Fort Snelling: A Contentious Ground."

Carroll credits the College's annual weeklong summer writers' and scholars' retreat, headed by Dean of Professional Studies Susan Cochrane, with giving her the time and space to prepare the article. An on-campus version of the retreat also is held each January, during the interim break.

"It is the second article I have been able to publish in Minnesota History as the result of time spent at a Scholars' Retreat," Carroll says. "I'm grateful to the administration, especially Susan Cochrane, for their invaluable support of faculty/staff development via these retreats."

The Solon J. Buck Award was named for Minnesota History magazine’s first editor, who served from 1915 to 1931. During his tenure, he helped organize county historical societies and championed the Minnesota Historical Society's move to its first building from the basement of the State Capitol building.

In 1931 he joined the University of Pittsburgh as professor of history. When the U.S. National Archives were established in 1935, he served as the first assistant director and then as the second archivist. In 1941 he became chief of the manuscript division of the Library of Congress and later served as assistant librarian until he retired in 1954.

By Julie Michener
Feb. 2, 2009

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