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Society Briefs, Village News or the other “Gossip Columns”

  • 4 Oct 2023
  • 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
  • Zoom Webinar

Presented by Mary Risseeuw, sponsored by the Minnesota Genealogical Society.

Audience Level – All

Before Facebook there was an interesting tradition in journalism: the society and rural/small town correspondent columns. You could read about anniversary celebrations illness and hospitalizations, trips to town for business, and who came from out of town for a visit. Generally published once a week, these columns gave you a glimpse of the goings on in your community. It was a cheap filler for the editor and useful to the community. These columns can provide the useful, often amusing, tidbits that can fill in the blanks and connect the dots about your family and where they lived. Examples are included from around the world and also chronicle 54 years of a woman’s life through the use of one-liners in the village news.

About the Speaker:
Mary Risseeuw is a genealogist, historian, writer, and lecturer. She has researched 19th & 20th century Dutch immigration to Wisconsin for over 30 years and has published and lectured throughout the U.S. and the Netherlands. She serves on the Board of the Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies and hosted their 2011 conference in Wisconsin. Mary also organized and hosted the Dutch in Wisconsin Conference in 2008; the first Dutch studies conference to focus solely on Dutch immigration to Wisconsin. She has a B.S. from UW-Madison and M.A. and M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University.



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