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Ramsey County History – Winter 2018: “Another Siberia, Unfit for Human Habitation: Saint Paul’s Super Ice Palaces 1886, 1887, 1888”

Bob Olsen

Another Siberia, Unfit for Human Habitation: Saint Paul’s Super Ice Palaces 1886, 1887, 1888 Author: Bob Olsen When a New York newspaper correspondent criticized St. Paul in 1885 as “another Siberia, unfit for human habitation,” local boosters banded together and initiated St. Paul’s first Winter Carnival in February…

Ramsey County History – Fall 2017: “‘Onward Central, Onward Central:’ The 150-Year Legacy of St. Paul Central High School”

Steven C. Trimble

“Onward Central, Onward Central:” The 150-Year Legacy of St. Paul Central High School Author: Steven C. Trimble   Central High School in St. Paul has been operating continuously for more than 150 years. Founded in 1866 as St. Paul High School, it opened its doors in the heart of…

Ramsey County History – Fall 2017: “Emma F. Brunson: The First Woman Registered as an Architect in Minnesota”

Diane Trout-Oertel

Emma F. Brunson: The First Woman Registered as an Architect in Minnesota Author: Diane Trout-Oertel   Shortly after the Minnesota Board of Registration for Architects, Engineers and Land Surveyors was organized in 1921, Emma F. Gruetzke Brunson registered and thereby became Minnesota’s first woman to hold this professional credential.

Ramsey County History – Summer 2017: “William Nettleton, John G. Wardell, and the Highland Spring Water Company in St. Paul”

Donald L. Empson

William Nettleton, John G. Wardell, and the Highland Spring Water Company in St. Paul Author: Donald L. Empson William Nettleton (1822–1905) was born in Ohio, relocated to northern Minnesota in the early 1850s, and was one of the founders of Duluth. Around 1871, he moved again, this…

Our Minnesota State Capitol: From Groundbreaking through Restoration

Reviewer: Alan K. Lathrop

Our Minnesota State Capitol: From Groundbreaking through Restoration Author: Denis P. Gardner Foreword by Former Governor Mark Dayton St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2017 104 pages; softcover; 70 color and b&w illustrations; $19.95 With the brilliant restoration of the State Capitol building in St.

Ramsey County History – Spring 2017: “Honoring F. Scott in St. Paul: 35 Years of Fitz and Starts”

David Page and Lisa Heinrich

Honoring F. Scott in St. Paul: 35 Years of Fitz and Starts Authors: David Page and Lisa Heinrich In 1982, the University of Minnesota’s Office of Continuing Education organized a conference in St. Paul that focused on the career and accomplishments of literary icon F. Scott Fitzgerald. Since then,…

Ramsey County History – Winter 2017: “Peoples Church, the Reverend Samuel G. Smith, and St. Paul”

Philip J. Ramstad

Peoples Church, the Reverend Samuel G. Smith, and St. Paul Author: Philip J. Ramstad Peoples Church was founded in St. Paul in 1888 by a group of Methodist men and women who wanted to keep their minister, Rev. Dr. Samuel G. Smith, when the Methodist hierarchy wanted him to…

Ramsey County History Podcast #7 – Winter 2016: The Ford Motor Company in St. Paul

Paul Nelson and Brian McMahon

The Ford Motor Company in St. Paul For almost a century, the Ford Motor Company built vehicles in St. Paul, first on University Avenue, and, from 1925 onward, in Highland Park. Architect and historian Brian McMahon has now published a book telling the…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2016: “Homes vs. Factories: The 95-Year Battle over the Future of the South Highland Park Neighborhood”

Marc J Manderscheid

Homes vs. Factories: The 95-Year Battle over the Future of the South Highland Park Neighborhood Author: Marc J Manderscheid When the South Highland Park neighborhood was initially zoned in 1922, St. Paul officials designated it as a residential neighborhood made up of houses of not more than two families.