Rhoda R. Gilman
Gilman, Rhoda R. Minnesota historian and political activist Rhoda R. Gilman died May 9, 2018 at Region's Hospital, St. Paul. She is survived by her daughters Elizabeth Raasch-Gilman of St. Paul and Carolyn Gilman of Washington, DC, and her son-in-law Richard Fuller of St. Paul. Born in Seattle, Washington, in 1927, Rhoda came to Minnesota in 1952. She became a researcher at the Minnesota Historical Society in 1958 and held positions there in the publications, education, and research divisions. Among the projects she accomplished was a textbook of Minnesota history for schools statewide, which was separately published as "The Story of Minne-sota's Past". In 2004 she published a biography of Minnesota's first governor, "Henry Hastings Sibley: Divided Heart". After retirement in 1992, Rhoda began a career as a political activist. She was a founding member of the Minnesota Green Party and ran for lieutenant governor on the Green ticket in 2002. She also edited and wrote about Minnesota's radical political tradition, including the Minnesota Book Award nominee "Ringing in the Wilderness" (1996) and "Stand Up! The Story of Minnesota's Protest Tradition" (2012). In 2008 she received the Vincent L. Hawkinson Foundation award for her work on peace and social justice. Rhoda served on the boards of the Institute for Minnesota Archaeology and the Minnesota Archaeological Society. She was also a founding member of Women Historians of the Midwest and the Minnesota Independent Scholars Forum. As a Quaker with a strong interest in Buddhism, Rhoda belonged to the Twin Cities Friends Meeting and served on the board of the Quaker Universalist Fellowship, heading up their publication program as both editor and author. Send memorials to Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Memorial service to be scheduled.