A Closer Look

An Index to the Details

In the Lives and Times web site, you can take "a closer look" at some of the ideas and details that are mentioned in the narratives and biographies. This index provides a shortcut to these "closer looks", categorized by individual. Below you will also find short explanations of what you can explore through these links.

Alexander Faribault | Mary Whipple | Taopi | Henry Whipple

Beaver
Did Alexander Faribault make a profit in the fur trade?

Buffalo
Adventurous hunting stories featuring Alexander Faribault.

Children
Alexander and Elizabeth Faribault's family.

Farming
Information about Alexander Faribault's farming ventures.

Faribault's French House
Alexander Faribault's second house.

Fur Trade
Links to educational sites about the fur trade in Minnesota.

Making the Town Grow
How did Alexander Faribault help to make his town a success?

Request
View Alexander Faribault's answer to Henry Whipple's request for land for the Dakota.

Site of the Bluffs
What did Alexander Faribault think about this spot on the Straight River?

Trading Post
1828 letter from Alexis Bailley explaining the need for a trading post in the area that is today Faribault.

Translated
Alexander Faribault's language skills.

Alexander Faribault | Mary Whipple | Taopi | Henry Whipple

Bed Bugs
Read Mary Whipple's letter about these pests.

Divinity Students
Who were they, and what did Mary Whipple think of them?

Emma and Eva Havens
Mary Whipple's 1870 letter about her adopted daughters.

Emma Willard School
Learn about where Mary Whipple and other educated women of her time went to school.

Eva's Death
Mary Whipple wrote of her sadness about her daughter's death.

Hastings to Faribault
A 1858 letter about Mary Whipple's rough journey to Faribault.

Hawaiian Fever
Mary Whipple's husband, George, had this "disease."

Learning
Find how much Mary Whipple loved math and link to one of the serialized novels she read in 1911.

Letters
Can you identify Mary Whipple's handwriting?

Letter of August 25, 1862
Mary Whipple's personal account of the events surrounding the 1862 U.S. Dakota War.

Longed to Travel
Could Mary Whipple see herself becoming a missionary?

Mary's Wedding
What did Mary Whipple wear to her wedding? Who was there? Read her letter of 1861.

Muhlenberg
Who was he?

Pets
Mary Whipple was kind to animals.

Sandwich Islands
Some history and a link to Mark Twain's 1873 commentary on missionaries in the Islands.

Soap to Sausages
How much did Mary Whipple love housework? Read her 1862 letter on this topic.

Some Clothing
Learn about clothing in 1860 and link to the Memorial Hall Museum's 1860 interactive "dress-up" activity.

Sound of Bells
How did Faribault citizens learn about the Dakota attack on the Lower Sioux Agency?

Alexander Faribault | Mary Whipple | Taopi | Henry Whipple

Baptism
Why did so many Dakota choose to be baptized at Fort Snelling in 1863?

Big Woods
Information and links related to this unique ecosystem.

Fort Snelling
A tragic place for Taopi and other Dakota in 1862.

Ginseng
Find out how this plant could make people rich.

Injuries
A graphic description from Henry Sibley explaining Taopi's name of "Wounded Man."

Map
View a large image of a sketch map showing Dakota settlement in Faribault.

Saving Others
Find out how Taopi worked to save white captives in 1862.

When it Started
Link to Taopi's statement about the beginning of the U.S. Dakota War

Alexander Faribault | Mary Whipple | Taopi | Henry Whipple

Back Home
Henry Whipple wrote romantic letters to his wife, Cornelia, during his travels.

Bad Teeth
How and why did Henry Whipple become a dentist?

Bashaw
Henry Whipple's amazing horse.

Correspondence
Henry Whipple wrote thousands of letters in his lifetime. Can you read this one?

East to School
Henry Whipple kept his young daughters up-to-date on everyday life in Faribault by writing letters to them while they were away at school.

Enmegahbowh
A valued Ojibway missionary and priest.

Frozen
Henry Whipple gets stuck in his sleigh.

Gull Lake
An Episcopal mission in northern Minnesota.

Loved to Fish
Fish stories featuring Henry Whipple.

Six Children
Henry and Cornelia Whipple's family.

Time of Crisis
What did Henry Whipple write to his daughters about the events of 1862?

Treatment of Indians
Henry Whipple's 1860 letter to his teen-age daughter about a mission trip to northern Minnesota and giving his thoughts on the Indian situation.

Underwear
Why was Henry Whipple's underwear soggy?

Youngest Child
Why did he cause the Whipple family both delight and sorrrow?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Alexander Faribault

Beaver
Buffalo
Children
Farming
Faribault's French House
Fur Trade
Making the Town Grow
Request
Site of the Bluffs
Trading Post
Translated

Mary Whipple

Bed Bugs
Divinity Students
Emma and Eva Havens
Emma Willard School
Eva's Death
Hastings to Faribault
Hawaiian Fever
Learning
Letters
Letter of August 25, 1862
Longed to Travel
Mary's Wedding
Muhlenberg
Pets
Sandwich Islands
Soap to Sausages
Some Clothing
Sound of Bells

Taopi

Baptism
Big Woods
Fort Snelling
Ginseng
Injuries
Map
Saving Others
When it Started

Henry Whipple

Back Home
Bad Teeth
Bashaw
Correspondence
East to School
Enmegahbowh
Frozen
Gull Lake
Loved to Fish
Six Children
Time of Crisis
Treatment of Indians
Underwear
Youngest Child


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