Its Our 75th Anniversary!

It’s our birthday today—March 5, 2024!

For seventy-five years, Ramsey County Historical Society (RCHS) has been sharing and celebrating the history of the people who call Ramsey County home, beginning with the Jane and Heman Gibbs family.

In fact, the society formed in 1949 when a group of citizens led by Ethel Stewart worked to acquire and preserve the Gibbs family farm. The site at the corner of Larpenteur and Cleveland Avenue in Falcon Heights officially opened in 1954 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places twenty years later. Today, we welcome families, history buffs, and thousands of students to learn and explore nineteenth-century life and agriculture through tours, special events, field trips, and summer camps. Gibbs Farm programming also centers on women’s history and Dakota culture, building on the historic connections between Jane Gibbs and the people of Ȟeyáta Othúŋwe (Cloud Man’s Village).

In addition to Gibbs Farm, RCHS shares its mission through award-winning publications, including its quarterly magazine, Ramsey County History, and by providing access to millions of artifacts and archival documents through its Mary Livingston Griggs & Mary Griggs Burke Research Center. We host public presentations, workshops, guided tours, and exhibitions throughout the county, featuring diverse topics driven by community interest.

We look forward to celebrating this anniversary year with you through a variety of special events, programs, and articles, so keep an eye out for upcoming announcements. Here’s to another seventy-five years of history with RCHS!