BEMIDJI-After a successful first run, the Beltrami County Historical Society has issued a second printing of "Ojibwe Imprints on Northern Minnesota," a book exploring life in 19th Century Beltrami County.
Released last fall, the book has gained word of mouth recognition, warranting a second publication which was printed in January. Beltrami County Historical Society Executive Director Dan Karalus said the book is in keeping with the society's focus.
"It is our goal at the Beltrami County Historical Society to include multiple perspectives," Karalus said. "The book explores the history of Ojibwe in White Earth, Red Lake and Leech Lake reservations and their dealings with European American settlers."
The book's author, Leo Soukup, is a former Beltrami County Historical Society board member and history teacher. Soukup included portions of the late Charles Vandersluis' work "Mainly Logging," in the book. "Mainly Logging" was a text-heavy compilation of three men's life stories: Euclid Bourgeois, an early Beltrami County surveyor; Charles Wight, a timber cruiser; and John Morrison Jr., a tradesman and government employee. In addition to writing his own portions of the book, Soukup embellished Vandersluis' work with photographs and maps.
The historical society has an exhibit of artifacts Morrison collected while he lived on the White Earth and Red Lake Indian Reservations. Morrison was a mixed-blood fur trader who died in 1964 in Bemidji. Morrison was a founder of the historical society in 1952.
"In his lifetime, there was a distinct separation between mixed-blood and full-blood Indians," Soukup writes in his new introduction to the book.
The book includes history from Morrison's ancestors' fur trading in the 19th Century. Karalus said "Ojibwe Imprints on Northern Minnesota" is ideal for high school and college students.
"A majority of books have gone to schools to be used in libraries as research tools and for curriculum," Karalus said. "The book also contains three oral history cds."
Karalus said while a talk and signing event is not planned at this time, one is not out of the question as Soukup continues to promote "Ojibwe Imprints on Northern Minnesota." Soukup was not available for comment Friday afternoon.
Locally printed at Arrow Printing in Bemidji, "Ojibwe Imprints on Northern Minnesota" is available at the Beltrami County Historical Society gift shop for $29.95 and on beltramihistory.org. Beltrami County Historical Society, located at 130 Minnesota Avenue Southwest in Bemidji is open from noon to 4 p.m Wednesday through Saturday.