Lunch & Learn

The first Lunch & Learn of the year is a Zoom session with Phyllis Cole-Dai called, The 1862 U.S.-Dakota War Through Sarah Wakefield’s Eyes. It will be Friday, February 5th at noon. People can register at

Consider the 1862 Dakota Uprising in Minnesota from the perspective of Sarah Wakefield. At the time of the Uprising, Sarah was married to a government physician on the Dakota (or Sioux) reservation. She was captured with her two young children the first morning of the outbreak. Her relationship with Ćaske, her Dakota captor and protector, became a source of great controversy and ultimately tragedy.

In this presentation Phyllis tells a few captivating stories behind her writing of “Beneath the Same Stars,” her novel that dives into this history. She leads her audience on a journey from a family cemetery in a dense woods in North Kingstown, Rhode Island; to the ruins of the Upper Sioux Agency near Granite Falls, Minnesota; to the kitchen table of a Dakota elder in Peever, South Dakota. Along the way she explores a largely forgotten history that still haunts this region of the country.

Join the Vermillion Public Library for this Lunch & Learn program with Phyllis Cole-Dai on Zoom, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 5 at 12 noon. Register to access the session at Please register as soon as you can to guarantee a spot.

This program was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. If you have any questions, please email Rachelle at


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