Author Event: Sue Leaf Presents Minnesota's Geologist
Thursday June 25 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Zenith Bookstore and Cafe Scientifique Twin Ports are excited to host Sue Leaf who will present her new book Minnesota's Geologist: The Life of Newton Horace Winchell.
This is the story of the scientist who first mapped Minnesota’s geology, set against the backdrop of early scientific inquiry in the state. Tracing Newton Horace Winchell’s path to becoming a leading light of an emerging scientific field, Minnesota’s Geologist recreates the early days of scientific inquiry in Minnesota, when one man’s passion for learning could unlock secrets of the state’s distant past and present landscape. This first telling of Winchell’s life story is set against a backdrop of Minnesota’s geological complexity and splendor.
Sue Leaf is author of The Bullhead Queen: A Year on Pioneer Lake; A Love Affair with Birds: The Life of Thomas Sadler Roberts; and Portage: A Family, a Canoe, and the Search for the Good Life, all published by Minnesota. She also wrote Potato City: Nature, History, and Community in the Age of Sprawl. Trained as a zoologist, she writes on environmental topics and is editor of the newsletter of the Wild River Audubon Society of east-central Minnesota.
"Sue Leaf has done a great service for the people of Minnesota and beyond by telling the story of Newton Horace Winchell so thoughtfully and beautifully. Readers of Minnesota's Geologist will be rewarded with new insights into why the world around us functions as it does. This is a book that I've been hoping for."
— Harvey Thorleifson, director, Minnesota Geological Survey
This meeting is co-sponsored with Cafe Scientifique Twin Ports, a volunteer-run community organization whose mission is to create greater access to science and the scientists within our community. For more information, see https://cafescitwinports.org/
Author Event: The Cadottes
Tuesday June 30 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Robert Silbernagel presents his new book The Cadottes: A Fur Trade Family on Lake Superior.
The Great Lakes fur trade spanned two centuries and thousands of miles, but the story of one particular family, the Cadottes, illuminates the history of trade and trapping while exploring under-researched stories of French-Ojibwe political, social, and economic relations. Multiple generations of Cadottes were involved in the trade, usually working as interpreters and peacemakers, as the region passed from French to British to American control. Focusing on the years 1760 to 1840 — the heyday of the Great Lakes fur trade — Robert Silbernagel delves into the lives of the Cadottes, with particular emphasis on the Ojibwe–French Canadian Michel Cadotte and his Ojibwe wife, Equaysayway, who were traders and regional leaders on Madeline Island for nearly forty years. In The Cadottes: A Fur Trade Family on Lake Superior, Silbernagel deepens our understanding of this era with stories of resilient, remarkable people.
Robert Silbernagel studied journalism at the University of Wisconsin and served as editorial page editor of the Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, Colorado for nineteen years. He writes a bimonthly history column for the Sentinel and is the author of several books on regional history including Troubled Trails: The Meeker Affair and the Expulsion of Utes from Colorado (Utah Press, 2011) and Historic Adventures on the Colorado Plateau (The History Press, 2018.)