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History Revealed: An Interrupted Childhood, Part One

Katarzyna Litak

An Interrupted Childhood: Histories of Polish WWII Survivors in MN, Part One History Revealed Series Program Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023 Video on YouTube In partnership with the Minnesota Polish Medical Society and in conjunction with a photographic exhibition in Landmark Center, March 5-April…

March of the Governors #24: Elmer Benson

Paul Nelson & Tom O'Connell with Steve Trimble

March of the Governors, Governor #24 Elmer Austin Benson (Series Podcast #25) We are unlikely to see a politician like Elmer Benson ever again. The small-town, left-wing banker served briefly as a US Senator before becoming governor. He was a genuine political…

Ramsey County History Winter 2023: My Harley Grandma

Eleta Pierce

Volume 57, Number 4: Winter 2023 Growing Up in St. Paul: My Harley Grandma Mary Eileen Kehoe and the St. Paul Motorcycle Escort Club Author: Eleta Pierce When friends introduced Mary Kehoe, fresh out of high school in 1944, to the world of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, it didn’t take…

Ramsey County History Winter 2023: Arrival of the Birds

Dave Riehle

Volume 57, Number 4: Winter 2023 Arrival of the Birds: The (Almost) Incredible 1897 Central High School Bird Observation Author: Dave Riehle In the late nineteenth century, it wasn’t uncommon for boys (or amateur ornithology enthusiasts) to take down birds with slingshots or help themselves to unhatched eggs—many…

March of the Governors #23: Hjalmar Petersen

Paul Nelson and Tyler Taylor

March of the Governors, Governor #23 Hjalmar Petersen (Series Podcast #24) Hjalmar Petersen (1890-1968) holds many distinctions as a governor of Minnesota: our only Dane, our only Hjalmar, our last immigrant (so far), our only governor from Askov (so far), and the…

History Revealed: Dr. Martin Luther King’s Vision

Dr. Walter Greason

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Vision of Freedom in American Memory” with Dr. Walter Greason History Revealed Series Program Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023, 7:00 pm Video on YouTube In partnership with the East Side Freedom Library & Roseville Library The study of Martin…

March of the Governors #22: Floyd B. Olson

Paul Nelson, Fred Johnson, and Tom Beer

March of the Governors #22 Floyd Bjornstjerne Olson (Series Podcast #23) By age thirty, Floyd Bjornstjerne Olson (1891-1936) had been a shabbos goy, a college dropout, a stevedore, and a Wobbly. By age forty, he had served ten years as Hennepin County…

Ramsey County History – Fall 2022: William Mahoney

Jim McCartney

Volume 57, Number 3: Fall 2022 Farmer-Labor Founder William Mahoney and his Battle with Communists Author: Jim McCartney Writer Jim McCartney and William Mahoney, St. Paul mayor (1932-1934), have something in common—a house on Dayton Avenue. The McCartneys have lived there for thirty years. Mahoney owned the home from…

March of the Governors, Governor #19 Joseph AA Burnquist

Paul Nelson and Fred Johnson

March of the Governors, Governor #19 Joseph Alfred Arner Burnquist (Series Podcast #20) Joseph Alfred Arner Burnquist (1879-1961), born in Dayton, Iowa, was destined for leadership from an early age. A star student and orator at Carleton, he was in the…