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Ramsey County History – Fall 2013: “Present at the Creation: The Turbulent Sixties and Seventies in St. Paul Politics”

Ruby M. Hunt

Present at the Creation: The Turbulent Sixties and Seventies in St. Paul Politics Author: Ruby M. Hunt Ruby Hunt, who served on the Saint Paul City Council between 1972 and 1982 and on the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners between 1983 and 1995, recalls several key personalities, primarily Mayor…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2013: “One History of Service: The Guild of Catholic Women and Guild Incorporated”

Hayla Drake

One History of Service: The Guild of Catholic Women and Guild Incorporated Author: Hayla Drake In 1906, out of concern for the welfare of new immigrants in their community, a group of thirty women from St. Luke’s Catholic Church began the Guild of Catholic Women (GCW), which helped meet…

Ramsey County History – Winter 2013: “Preserving a ‘Fine Residential District:’ The Merriam Park Freeway Fight”

Tom O’Connell and Tom Beer

Preserving a “Fine Residential District:” The Merriam Park Freeway Fight  Authors: Tom O’Connell and Tom Beer In the late 1950s and early 1960s, planning for the construction of the vast interstate highway system across the United States included an exit from Interstate 94 at Prior Avenue in St. Paul…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2012: “Community Health with a Heart: The History of Open Cities Health Center”

Katie Jaeger

Community Health with a Heart: The History of Open Cities Health Center Author: Katie Jaeger The Open Cities Health Center (OCHC) in St. Paul got its start in 1967 when a group of the city’s residents opened one of Minnesota’s first medical clinics dedicated to helping people of color.

Ramsey County History – Fall 2011: “Gone But Not Forgotten? The Survival of Outdoor Sculpture in St. Paul”

Moira F. Harris

Gone But Not Forgotten? The Survival of Outdoor Sculpture in St. Paul Author: Moira F. Harris Outdoor sculpture is challenged by vandalism, theft, climate extremes, urban redevelopment, pigeon droppings, neglect, and changes in taste. Although a sculpture seems more permanent than a mural, due to its size and weight,…

Ramsey County History – Winter 2010: “‘Part and Parcel of a Great Cause:’ The St. Paul Society for the Hard of Hearing”

Kristen Mapel Bloomberg and Leah S. McLaughlin

“Part and Parcel of a Great Cause:” The St. Paul Society for the Hard of Hearing Authors: Kristen Mapel Bloomberg and Leah S. McLaughlin After providing general information on social clubs and organizations in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this article focuses on the group that worked…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2008: “Strike for Better Schools: The St. Paul Public Schools Teachers’ Strike of 1946”

Cheryl Carlson

Strike for Better Schools: The St. Paul Public Schools Teachers’ Strike of 1946 Author: Cheryl Carlson The story of the first teachers’ strike in the US carried out by 1,165 St. Paul educators. The background causes included the lack of support for public schools, partly because around a third…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2008: “Our Courage and Cowards: The Controversy Surrounding Macalester College’s Neutrality and Peace Association, 1917”

Emily Skidmore

Our Courage and Cowards: The Controversy Surrounding Macalester College’s Neutrality and Peace Association, 1917 Author: Emily Skidmore When eighty students sent a petition to Woodrow Wilson in support of neutrality from the World War, Macalester College found itself enmeshed in what became a national controversy. The students formed a…

Ramsey County History – Winter 2008: “Labor Found a Friend: W.W. Erwin for the Defense”

David Riehle

Labor Found a Friend: W.W. Erwin for the Defense Author: David Riehle Known as “The Northwest Whirlwind” or “The Tall Pine,” William Wallis Erwin (1842–1908) was an accomplished defense attorney. Even though he was respected throughout the country as a champion of underdogs, he is little known in the…