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Stories At GCHS: Prophets and Ghosts The Story of Salvage Anthropology

June 14 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Salvage anthropology was a widespread and deeply fraught movement to rapidly document and collect in the face of presumed cultural extinction. Starting around the time of the Civil War, collectors of all kinds drove the rapid expansion of U.S. museums. But the methods used to gather these materials, especially the stories and objects of Native American societies, often reflected deeply troubling realities about power, race, and colonialism. Drawing on more than a decade of research and interviews with Native American artists and museum curators, this presentation will work to foreground fresh voices into the already poorly known saga. This talk will specifically explore the fascinating story of ethnomusicologist Frances Densmore, from Red Wing, Minnesota, as a way of better understanding the legacy of salvage anthropology. 


About the Presenter
Samuel J. Redman is an Associate Professor of History in the Department of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the author of Bone Rooms: From Scientific Racism to Human Prehistory in Museums (Harvard University Press, 2016), Prophets and Ghosts: The Story of Salvage Anthropology (Harvard University Press, 2021), and The Museum: A Short History of Crisis and Resilience (NYU Press, 2022). He is a graduate of Red Wing High School.
Ticket Prices

Members: $5.00

Non-Member: $7.00

Contact the Goodhue County Historical Society for more information and to reserve your spot today! 651.388.6024 


June 14
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm