An Index to the Details
In the Lives and Times web site, you can take "a
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.
Did Alexander Faribault make a profit in the fur trade?
Adventurous hunting stories featuring Alexander Faribault.
Alexander and Elizabeth Faribault's family.
Information about Alexander Faribault's farming ventures.
Faribault's French House
Alexander Faribault's second house.
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?
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
1828 letter from Alexis Bailley explaining the need for a trading
post in the area that is today Faribault.
Alexander Faribault's language skills.
Read Mary Whipple's letter about these pests.
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.
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.
Mary Whipple's husband, George, had this "disease."
Find how much Mary Whipple loved math and link to
one of the serialized novels she read in 1911.
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?
What did Mary Whipple wear to her wedding? Who was there? Read
her letter of 1861.
Who was he?
Mary Whipple was kind to animals.
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.
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?
Why did so many Dakota choose to be baptized at Fort Snelling
Information and links related to this unique ecosystem.
A tragic place for Taopi and other Dakota in 1862.
Find out how this plant could make people rich.
A graphic description from Henry Sibley explaining Taopi's name
of "Wounded Man."
View a large image of a sketch map showing Dakota settlement in
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
Henry Whipple wrote romantic letters to his wife, Cornelia, during
How and why did Henry Whipple become a dentist?
Henry Whipple's amazing horse.
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
A valued Ojibway missionary and priest.
Henry Whipple gets stuck in his sleigh.
An Episcopal mission in northern Minnesota.
Loved to Fish
Fish stories featuring Henry Whipple.
Henry and Cornelia Whipple's family.
Time of Crisis
What did Henry Whipple write to his daughters about the events
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
Why was Henry Whipple's underwear soggy?
Why did he cause the Whipple family both delight and sorrrow?