When I was seven years old, I heard several of my mother’s sisters talk about being Indian. A few days later I asked my mother to explain and she forbade me to ever speak of it again.
Garden City, NY (PRWEB) December 05, 2013
The National Association of Professional Women honors Frances L. Hagemann, Ojibwa Metis, as a 2013/2014 Professional Woman of the Year for leadership in American Indian history with this prestigious distinction. As the largest, most-recognized organization of women in the country, the National Association of Professional women is a powerfully vibrant networking community with nearly 500,000 members and over 400 Local Chapters.
“When I was seven years old, I heard several of my mother’s sisters talk about being Indian. A few days later I asked my mother to explain and she forbade me to ever speak of it again,” says Ms. Hagemann. Her mother’s response only made her more curious, so she read and learned as much as she could about her heritage. It also fueled Ms. Hagemann's lifelong love of Indian history and an enduring passion for educating non-Indians about the history and culture of her ancestors and other tribes.
Ms. Hagemann’s ability to find pertinent historical documents, expertly interpret them and use her skills as a writer to shed light on the past have earned her a reputation as a highly respected scholar and historian. A former teacher, Ms. Hagemann has guest lectured at her alma mater, Chicago State University. She has authored and published A History of American Indians of the Chicago Metropolitan Region and the Western Great Lakes, which was accepted for inclusion in the Edward A. Ayer Collection of the Newberry Library.
Now an independent contractor researcher/writer, Ms. Hagemann holds the prestigious title of ‘Scholar-in-Residence’ at Newberry, an independent research library in Chicago, specializing in independent research that focuses on the humanities. “The Ayer Collection on American Indians is one of the strongest in the world,” says Ms. Hagemann. When the need for illustrations arose, Ms. Hagemann honed her skills as a photographer and has participated in a number of gallery exhibits in addition to having some of her photos published.