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The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota’s Mental Institutions, 1946–1954

Reviewer: Gary Gleason

The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota’s Mental Institutions, 1946–1954 Susan Bartlett Foote Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2018 312 pages; soft cover; photos; $22.95 Susan Bartlett Foote has written an impressive book that combines a great story and exhaustive research about the early years of social…

The Scott Collection: Minnesota’s Black Community in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s

Reviewer: Earl Ross

The Scott Collection: Minnesota’s Black Community in the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s Author: Walter R. Scott Sr. Introduction by Anthony R. Scott; Preface by Chaunda L. Scott; Foreword by William D. Green St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2018 500 pages; softcover; 500 photos; $29.95 Published previously…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2017: “The Ties That Bind: Mounds-Park Nurses and the Great War”

Johannes R. Allert

 The Ties That Bind: Mounds-Park Nurses and the Great War Author: Johannes R. Allert After the United States entered World War I in 1917, some graduates of the Mounds-Park Nursing School in St. Paul joined the American Red Cross, which played a supportive role in the conflict,…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2017: “A Legacy of Civic Engagement: The Junior League of Saint Paul, 1917–2017”

Yvonne Hundshamer and Abby Sugahara Moeller

A Legacy of Civic Engagement: The Junior League of Saint Paul, 1917–2017 Authors: Yvonne Hundshamer and Abby Sugahara Moeller In the spring of 1917, Elizabeth Ames Jackson and two other young women founded the nineteenth official Junior League in St. Paul, thereby beginning what has become the organization’s century…

Ramsey County History – Winter 2017: “William T. Francis, at Home and Abroad”

Paul D. Nelson

William T. Francis, at Home and Abroad Author: Paul D. Nelson William T. (Billy) and Nellie Francis were a “Golden Couple” in Ramsey County in the 1920s. They were good-looking, intelligent, talented, ambitious, and successful. Then they went to Africa, and things went terribly wrong. This article presents the…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2016: “Building the New Salvation Army Rescue Home of St. Paul, 1913”

Kim Heikkla

Building the New Salvation Army Rescue Home of St. Paul, 1913 Author: Kim Heikkla The first Salvation Army Rescue Home to assist women who were either homeless, prostitutes, addicted, or unmarried mothers, opened in St. Paul in 1898, but it and its successor were soon outgrown. Adjutant True Earle,…

Ramsey County History – Fall 2015: “ALLY People Solutions: 50 Years of Service to Individuals and the Community”

Eileen R. McCormack

ALLY People Solutions: 50 Years of Service to Individuals and the Community Author: Eileen R. McCormack ALLY People Solutions, a St. Paul nonprofit corporation that serves people in the community with disabilities, traces its roots to a small group of parents who opened a Day Activity Center…

Ramsey County History Podcast #1 – Spring 2014: The Saga of I-35; East Side Freedom Library

Paul Nelson, John Milton, and Peter Rachleff

The Saga of I-35; East Side Freedom Library Part 1: John Milton tells the story of how citizen opposition delayed for many years the completion of Interstate Highway 35 through St. Paul. Part 2: Labor historian Peter Rachleff describes how he and his partner Beth Cleary plan…

Ramsey County History – Winter 2014: “Citizens versus the Freeway: RIP-35E and the Pleasant Avenue Route through St. Paul”

John Watson Milton

Citizens versus the Freeway: RIP-35E and the Pleasant Avenue Route through St. Paul Author: John Watson Milton In September 1955, the National System of Interstate Highways identified the Pleasant Avenue corridor as the route for north-south Interstate 35E through the City of St. Paul, connecting with…