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Jane Lamm Carroll '80
Jane Lamm Carroll '80

In her essay, "This Higgledy-Piggledy Assembly: The McLeods, an Anglo-Dakota Family in Early Minnesota, "Jane Lamm Carroll '80, associate professor of history at St. Kate's, takes us back to a time when Indians, Anglo-Indians and French-Indians dominated the region's population — and lived among one another in relative peace.

The fur trade was robust. French, British and American traders were close to their Indian neighbors. People of mixed heritage moved freely among the communities.

She illuminates history by telling it through the eyes of Martin McLeod, a Scots-Canadian fur trader who married an Anglo-Dakota woman and had five children with her. This spring, Carroll was awarded the 2009–10 Denny Prize for Distinction in Writing for her work on "This Higgledy-Piggledy Assembly."

"It's very gratifying to be recognized for the kind of research and writing that I do,"Carroll says. "Historical writing doesn't usually get much notice."Her essay is part of an ongoing study of Native women and Anglo men from an oft-forgotten past. (McLeod would later author the first legislation to establish public schools in the new territory and also serve as Hennepin County commissioner.)

Trustee Emeritus Chuck Denny and his brother, James, created the faculty/staff award 15 years ago to honor their mother, Eleanor McCahill Denny '26, and her love of books and elegant writing. This year's judges were Ranae Hanson, Garvin Davenport and Jack Galloway — all noted writers and scholars from the Twin Cities community.

English Professor Robert Grunst earned honorable mention for his collection of poems, "While Horses Eat Oranges." Grunst won the Denny Prize in 1997–98 and also picked up honorable mention in 2004–05. Other past winners include Professor of English Cecilia Konchar Farr, Professor of Theology Russell Connors and Associate Professor of English Gabrielle Civil.



From the Heart of the Campus

Recent Denny Prize Winners

2009: Colleen Cullinan, assistant professor of theology

2008: Francine Conley-Scott, assistant professor of French

2007: Melanie Figg, former assistant director of Foundation and Corporate Relations

2006: Jill Jepson, associate professor of English

2005: William Andrew Myers, professor of philosophy