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Exhibition Opportunity
“Green Line Revisited”
Call for Artistic Documentation
of the Green Line Light Rail Opening

The Ramsey County Historical Society is asking community members to use their creativity and skills to document the Green Line Light Rail with creative works created between January 2014-May 2015.

Tell a story, capture the moment, and preserve your experiences in the media of your choice.  

Created works will be displayed in a juried exhibition at the RCHS Galleries in the Landmark Center in St. Paul. The exhibition will be from June 18–December 27, 2015. Prizes will be awarded.

Entry guidelines are available as a pdf.
Entries are due by May 22, 2015.
You may also contact
membership@rchs.com or call 651-222-0701 to receive entry guidelines.


RCHS New Publication

 The German Friend: War and Postwar Letters from German Anti-Nazi Prinz Hubertus zu Lowenstein to American Hans Christian, 1942-1947
by John Larson

The German Friend tells the fascinating story of German Anti-Nazi Prinz Hubertus zu Lowenstein through his letters to his American friend John Larson, known by the nickname "Hans Christian." The letters cover not only politics, but philosophy, ideals and day-to-day activities. A testament to friendship and to the fight for freedom, the book is a deeply personal exploration of the thoughts, hopes and values of one of Germany's most prominent wartime authors.

The book is currently available through RCHS, trade size softcover (paperback), large-print type, over 700 pages.

Trade Size Paperback: 
$27.00/$22.00 RCHS members.
$53.00/$48.00 RCHS members
Prices include tax.

For more information, contact RCHS at 651-222-0701


 Research Center Open Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 12:30-4:30 pm.
Other times by appointment.


Current Events & Exhibitions

 Green Line Revisited
June 18-December 27, 2015

Main Gallery - Landmark Center

Creative Works about the Metro Transit Green Line
Featured Artist: Xavier Tavera

RCHS asked community members to use their creativity and skills to document the Green Line Light Rail. The exhibition will consist of works created from or about the Green Line within the time period of January 2014-May 2015, which includes a portion of the construction phase; the Grand Opening; and the Green Line in operation.

Artists and the general public were asked to use their creativity and skills to document the Green Line Light Rail through the media of their choice to tell a story, capture a moment, and preserve their experiences. The works submitted by these community artists were juried, and the exhibition will include photos, paintings, artists’ books and video from these chosen entrants. Cash prizes will be awarded at the Opening Reception on June 18, including a People’s Choice Award. The works will be shown with artifacts and documents from RCHS’ collections that ground this artwork in the long history of our area.


Riding the Rails: Transportation & The Green Line
Research Center Cases – Landmark Center

 All Landmark Center exhibitions are open during building hours
Landmark Center


RCHS Podcasts Now Live!

The Ramsey County Historical Society (RCHS) announces a new podcast series.
All the podcasts are available here.

Podcast #1
In the first one, available here, author and historian John Milton tells the story of how citizen opposition delayed for many years the completion of Interstate Highway 35 through Saint Paul. And l
abor historian Peter Rachleff describes how he and his partner Beth Cleary plan to convert the closed Arlington Hills public library into the East Side Freedom Library in Saint Paul.

Podcast #2
The second podcast, is now available here.

Edward Phelan was one of St. Paul's very first settlers. Was he also a murderer? In September 1839 the body of Phelan's cabin-mate, John Hays, was found floating in the Mississippi River. He had been beaten to death. Phelan was charged with the crime, but not convicted. Now, 170 years later, St. Paul author Gary Brueggemann believes he has solved the case. He tells the tale in his new book, Minnesota's Oldest Murder Mystery. We met with Gary Brueggemann at Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul.
Swede Hollow is a ravine on St. Paul's east side, and for a hundred years -- 1850s to 1950s -- a receptor neighborhood for recent immigrants. Swedes first, then Italians, then Mexican-Americans. St. Paul historian Steve Trimble edited the Swede Hollow memoirs of Michael Sanchelli for the Spring 2014 issue of Ramsey County History magazine. Steve Trimble joined us to talk about life in old Swede Hollow. 

Podcast #3
Available here.

What can an anti-Nazi writer and intellectual, exiled in the United States, do for his beloved Germany? Over 70 years ago, Prinz Hubertus zu Lowenstein visited St. Paul and met Hamline University student John Larson. A lifelong friendship and flood of letters ensued. John Larson has now assembled some of these letters, from WWII and after, into a book entitled The German Friend, published by RCHS. Paul Nelson interviewed Mr. Larson at his home in Taylors Falls.
The Minnesota Historical Society has created a new venture called MNopedia: short-form articles of state history - including several Ramsey County stories - in an online encyclopedia. This podcast also has an interview with MNopedia's then-editor, Molly Huber.

Podcast #4
Spring 2015
Available here.
For more than a century pioneer legislator Joe Rolette has been credited for preventing the Minnesta State Capitol from being moved from St. Paul to St. Peter. The story has been repeated countless times. But is it true?
In this episode, Minnesota historian William Lass makes the case that the popular story is folklore, not history.



Gibbs Museum
of Pioneer and Dakota Life


The Gibbs Museum opens May 23, 2015! Please join us for a wonderful season filled with great events, wonderful programs and camps, and much more.

Coming Up!
Ice Cream Sunday: Aug. 16
Apple Festival: Oct. 3
Gibbs Halloween: Oct. 31
plus weekly
Farm Fridays for those 55+

We are taking reservations for Gibbs Day Camps! See the Day Camp page for information.
Reservation Form

For information and schedules for
Gibbs Museum 2015
55+ Farm Fridays, 
Ice Cream Sundays,
and more, see the
Gibbs Calendar page.   


Gibbs Museum 2015 Hours
Saturdays - Sundays
May 23 - October 31
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


Traveling Events & Exhibitions

 New Land, New Life:
 Norwegian Immigration in Minnesota 1825-1925

January-March, 2015
Winona Co. Historical Society
in Winona, MN
Sponsored by Nor-Win Lodge

April-June, 2015
Giants of the Earth Heritage Center in Spring Grove, MN
Sponsored by Valheim Lodge

July-September, 2015
Wilmar, MN
Location TBA
Sponsored by Fedraheimen Lodge

October-December, 2015
Fargo-Moorhead, MN
Location TBA
Sponsored by Kringen Lodge

July-September, 2016
Pope County Museun in Glenwood, MN
Sponsored by Mjosen

Please contact Ron Stowe at burle103(at)aol.com if your organization would like to host New Land, New Life


Our Mission
"The Ramsey County Historical Society inspires current and future generations to learn from
and value their history by engaging in a diverse program of presenting, publishing and preserving." 

The place for St. Paul & Ramsey County, Minnesota history.
Ramsey County Historical Society programs include a research center, St. Paul & Ramsey County MN history magazine, 
historical exhibits, historic site attraction the Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakota Life.

323 Landmark Center, 75 West Fifth Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102    
Phone: (651) 222-0701, Fax: (651) 223-8539

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