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RCHS has several positions open for our HIV/AIDS Healthcare Providers Oral History Project. Please see the Employment page for more information.


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

Book Release Reception:
Tues., Nov. 11, 2014 at 7:00pm
Hamline University,
Anderson Center

 Join us as we celebrate the release of our newest publication. 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 to his family and friends by the nickname "Hans Christian." The letters cover not only politics, but philosophy, ideals and the day-to-day activities of the two men. 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.
$22.00 for members, $27.00 for non-members - prices include tax.
More more information, contact RCHS at 651-222-0701 


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 opening of the Green Line Light Rail on June 14, 2014.

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 here.
You may also contact
membership@rchs.com or call 651-222-0701 to receive entry guidelines.



 Our NEW Research Center Open Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 12:30-4:30 pm.
The Ramsey County Historical Society has determined that it can better serve the public and care for its diverse collection by adjusting the hours of its Research Center in Landmark Center. The RCHS Research Center is now open to the general public from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

 This adjustment will allow us to better assist researchers in late afternoons, a prime time for researchers to visit us, or to call from outside the Central time zone. The majority of research requests are received by phone and e-mail, the change will also allow more time devoted to addressing these requests. This will also allow us an extended block of time each day to work on collection maintenance and on grant-funded projects.

 The Research Center will continue to be available by appointment at other times. This schedule will be effective on Sept. 3, 2014.


Reflections on Ramsey
July 17-December 29, 2014
RCHS Exhibit Gallery

An exhibition of artwork and photography, “Reflections on Ramsey.” Iconic landscapes and historic themes from Ramsey County are featured in this juried exhibition. Accompanying these works of art are historical artifacts pertaining to the locations depicted.

For more information and a list of participants, see the Exhibition page.

Congratulations to the following winning artists:
First Place Award: Mariah Masilko, "Island Station"
Second Place Award: David Cunningham, "Shepard Road"
Third Place Award: Stuart Loughridge, "Seven Corners"

Honorable Mentions:
Lonnie Broden, "Saint Paul Lift"
John Lombardi, "Blair Academy"
Susan Solomon, "Mt. Zion Cemetery"
Claudia Stack-Kremer, "Sharrett's"

Thank you to all the artists for participating!


 All Landmark Center exhibitions are open during building hours
Landmark Center


RCHS Podcasts Now Live!

The Ramsey County Historical Society (RCHS) annpunces 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
The third podcast, is now 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, soon to be released 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.



Gibbs Museum
of Pioneer and Dakota Life


Upcoming Special Events

Gibbs Halloween
October 25, 2014
10:00am – 4:00pm

See the Gibbs Museum Calendar page for more details on each of our programs!

Gibbs Museum
2014 - A Big Year!
In 1849, Jane and Heman Gibbs made this farm their home. They farmed the land, raised a family of five children and maintained a relationship with Jane's "kin," the Dakota of Cloud Man's village.

The Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakota Life is celebrating this important milestone with special events and programs.



Gibbs Museum 2014 Hours
Saturdays - Sundays
May 24 - October 26
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


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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