Tag Archives: history

100 years of journalism at M.A.

A century of student voices Since 1920, Minnehaha Academy students have been covering news, exchanging opinions and recording school history. In 2019-20, The Talon newspaper staff reviewed this history in a four-part series. PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 PART 4

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Bdo-te, Mdo-te, Mendota: Reflecting on where the rivers come together

Minnehaha finds a temporary home near the confluence of rivers A familiar winding road follows the twists and turns of the Mississippi. Below, the river gradually meanders south, where it eventually meets another waterway, the Minnesota River. This meeting of the rivers is called a confluence, and the Dakota word …

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Saying good bye to a ‘teacher’s teacher’

“I don’t love history. I like it, but I don’t love it,” said social studies teacher Matt Ridenour. “The best parts of the job are, and it’s so cliché but it is so true, these wonderfully dynamic relationships we get to have with students.” After teaching for eight years at …

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Still denied after 100 years

The Armenia Genocide: a family memoir Few Americans know of the tragic events, while political leaders are reluctant to speak the ‘g-word’ “Raise your hand if you have heard of the Holocaust.” Every single hand went into the air. “Now,” said former history teacher Elizabeth Van Pilsum in AP World …

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Historical fiction connects the past and present

“Chamberlain closed his eyes and saw it again. It was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. No book or music would have that beauty. He did not understand it: a mile of men flowing slowly, steadily, inevitably up the long green ground, dying all the while, coming to …

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The 2016 Madrigal Move

“Our motto is ‘many hands make light work,’” said choir teacher Karen Lutgen, as the student body in the audience grew increasingly restless in anticipation of the coming event. After a few more tips and precautions were given, the dismissal was announced and a mass of students poured out of …

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AP World History students watch Guns, Germs, and Steel

With the second week of second semester hitting the halfway point, students of all grades continue get back into the swing of things and slip back into a normal school routine. In particular, AP World History students are becoming familiar with a new way of testing in class. Unlike first …

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Learning through experiences and memories of the elderly

“Just a few years ago…[my dad] came to my class and talked to my students. That was the first time I’d heard any of those stories [that he told],” remarked history teacher Elizabeth Van Pilsum. “I just thought ‘Wow, what a resource’ and ‘What have I been doing all these …

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Homecoming traditions

Observing Minnehaha’s history through the annual return of alumni, commemeration of seniors and collection of events and activities that has brought the school community together for over half a century Although the origins of the homecoming traditions are not crystal clear, the University of Missouri claims the first homecoming. In …

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Saying good-bye to Ms. Van Pilsum

One day during advisory, social studies teacher Elizabeth Van Pilsum, (known to her students as “VP”), projected a photo of the beautiful Dominican Republic and told her advisory, “I’m moving here.” At first the girls assumed it was a joke, maybe wishful thinking. But soon, they realized their beloved advisor …

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