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Ramsey County History – Summer 2020: “Votes for Everywoman: Nellie Griswold Francis, the Women of Rondo, and Their Suffrage Crusade”

Leetta M. Douglas

Votes for Everywoman: Nellie Griswold Francis, the Women of Rondo, and Their Suffrage Crusade Author: Leetta M. Douglas A century ago, women of Minnesota, along with suffragists across the nation, won the hard-fought battle for the right to vote with the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment. Some…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2020: “The View from Summit Avenue: Inspiration Point for Sinclair Lewis’s Main Street”

Ralph L. Goldstein

The View from Summit Avenue: Inspiration Point for Sinclair Lewis’s Main Street Author: Ralph L. Goldstein When a young Sinclair Lewis traveled to Saint Paul at the turn of the twentieth century to take his Yale University entrance exams, he found time to explore the city, marveling at…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2020: “Clara Anderson v. City of St. Paul: A Woman’s Fight to Save Her Job in the Face of Discrimination”

John H. Guthmann

Clara Anderson v. City of St. Paul: A Woman’s Fight to Save Her Job in the Face of Discrimination Author: John H. Guthmann “Bartenders Wanted: Women Need Not Apply.” In the early 1940s, Clara Anderson worked as a bartender at a local hotel until the St. Paul City…

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Ramsey County History – Summer 2019: “St. Paul’s Distinct Leadership Tradition: A Century of The Sterling Club”

Jeremiah E. Ellis

St. Paul’s Distinct Leadership Tradition: A Century of The Sterling Club Author: Jeremiah E. Ellis At the turn of the twentieth century, social clubs were providing opportunities for members with like interests to serve their communities and gather for recreation, social activities, and timely discussions. In 1919, a group of…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2019: “One Hundred Years Serving New Americans: The Centennial of the International Institute of Minnesota”

Krista Finstad Hanson

One Hundred Years Serving New Americans: The Centennial of the International Institute of Minnesota Author: Krista Finstad Hanson 2020 Co-Winner of the Ramsey County Historical Society Virginia B. Kunz Award As visitors and clients open the doors to the International Institute of Minnesota in St. Paul, they…

A Life on the Middle West’s Never-Ending Frontier

Reviewer: Meredith Cummings

A Life on the Middle West’s Never-Ending Frontier Willard L. “Sandy” Boyd Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2019 394 pages; hard cover; 22 b&w photos; $35 A Life on the Middle West’s Never Ending Frontier is a well-written and sometimes humorous and self-deprecating memoir by St. Paul native…

Ramsey County History – Winter 2019: “Eliza Edgerton Newport and St. Paul’s Floating Bethel, 1891-1903”

Christine Podas-Larson

Eliza Edgerton Newport and St. Paul’s Floating Bethel, 1891-1903 Author: Christine Podas-Larson Eliza Newport knew how to get things done. The well-educated and well-connected St. Paul resident led many charitable organizations and community efforts throughout her lifetime, but one that was especially dear to her was the city’s Floating…

Diesel Heart: An Autobiography

Reviewer: Mary Lethert Wingerd

Diesel Heart: An Autobiography Author: Melvin Whitfield Carter, Jr. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2019 256 pages; soft cover; 27 b&w photos; $17.95 Melvin Carter and I both grew up in Saint Paul in the 1950s and ’60s. But Carter’s hometown was a world away…

Ramsey County History Podcast #12 – Winter 2018: Crusade for Forgotten Souls

Paul Nelson and Susan Bartlett Foote

Crusade for Forgotten Souls Podcast Link In the late 1940s and early 1950s, Minnesota led the nation in reform and modernization of the treatment of the mentally ill. But it didn’t last. Author Susan Bartlett Foote has told the story, a story at the same time inspiring…