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Posted on February 1, 2023

Winter Carnival Ice Palaces 1887 & 1888

Interior of the 1887 Winter Carnival Ice Palace The 1887 Ice Palace The St. Paul Ice Palace and Winter Carnival Association held a competition for the design of the ice palace that would again stand in the center of Central Park. The grand prize was $200, which was won by…
Posted on February 1, 2023

Winter Carnival Ice Palaces

The 1886 Ice Palace St. Paul was one of the fastest growing cities in North America in 1885. Newspapers and magazines advertised the virtues of agriculture and development to attract new settlement and business. When a New York correspondent wrote that St. Paul was, “another Siberia, unfit for…
Posted on November 21, 2022

Leetta Douglas Wins Ramsey County Historical Society’s 2022 Virginia B. Kunz Award

Author Spotlights History of St. Paul’s African American Suffragists. Ramsey County Historical Society (RCHS) presented Leetta M. Douglas with the Virginia B. Kunz Award for her article, “Votes for Everywoman: Nellie Griswold Francis, the Women of Rondo, and Their Suffrage Crusade.” It ran as the cover story in the…
Posted on November 7, 2022

Gibbs Farm Closed for Public Tours

Gibbs Farm is now closed for public tours until Saturday, May 27th, 2023. Take a look at our calendar for upcoming special winter programs and check out our field trip page for information about winter field trips.
Posted on November 1, 2022

Volunteer at Gibbs Farm this November

Please join us for our November 5th Volunteer Day from 10:00-1:00. Gibbs Farm staff will lead volunteers in active outdoor projects to prepare for the end of our 2022 season. Projects will include: gardening, light landscaping and site clean-up. Register using this link OR email Projects are great…
Posted on October 31, 2022

History in the Making – A 2022 Oxcart Odyssey

Much has been written about the history of the famous but mostly forgotten Red River oxcart trails that once cut through what is today parts of Canada, North Dakota, and Minnesota for fifty years beginning in the 1820s. Métis and Selkirk colonists packed pelts and other products onto two-wheeled…