History prof earns book award

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mary Wingerd
Mary Wingerd North Country by Mary Wingerd 

Mary Wingerd's revisionist take on early Minnesota history has earned a Minnesota Book Award.

The associate professor of history is the author of "North Country: The Making of Minnesota," a book that describes nearly two centuries of cooperation, accommodation and peace among disparate peoples.

Her award for best nonfiction book about Minnesota was one of eight announced April 16 in St. Paul.

The Minnesota Book Awards are presented annually by the Friends of the St. Paul Library.

Any book written by a Minnesotan and published in 2010 was eligible. A panel of judges selected the winners from among 32 finalists. There were 293 books nominated.

Wingerd's book is published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Among her previous works is a historical book called "Claiming the City: Politics, Faith, and the Power of Place in St. Paul," published in 2003 by a division of the Cornell University Press.

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