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Growing Up In Frogtown: Little Women, Little Houses, Lots of Work, (and a Little Play)

Wendy Rossi

Young Wendy Hams’ Gumpa Guy surprised her with a dollhouse on her third birthday. It was designed to replicate the family home at 435 Charles Avenue. Photo courtesy of Wendy Rossi. By Wendy Rossi Growing Up In Frogtown In 1941, young Wendy Ham’s Gumpa Guy Metzger built a dollhouse—a replica…

Ramsey County History Summer 2023 – Roller Skating

Heidi Heller

Volume 58, Number 2: Summer 2023 Rolling through the Decades Roller Skating in Ramsey County Author: Heidi Heller What better way to spend a Saturday night than rolling ‘round and ‘round a skate floor with friends? Some will remember the disco era, complete with a sparkly, mirrored ball and…

Ramsey County History Winter 2023

Paul Nelson, Eleta Pierce, Dave Riehle

Volume 57, Number 4: Winter 2023 Link to download PDF of RCHS Winter 2023 Magazine Articles in this Issue: The Children’s Preventorium of Ramsey County Author: Paul Nelson Growing Up in St. Paul: My Harley Grandma Mary Eileen Kehoe and the St.

Ramsey County History Winter 2023: Children’s Preventorium

Paul Nelson

Volume 57, Number 4: Winter 2023 The Children’s Preventorium of Ramsey County Author: Paul Nelson History is challenging to piece together, but author Paul Nelson got lucky as he profiled the Children’s Preventorium of Ramsey County at Lake Owasso. Thanks to elders who once lived there as…

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…

History Revealed: Grasshoppers In My Bed

Terry Swanson & Peggy Stern

Grasshoppers in My Bed: Lillie Belle Gibbs, Minnesota Farm Girl, 1877 Terry Swanson and Peggy Stern History Revealed Series Program Date: Thursday, August 4, 2022 Video on YouTube In partnership with the East Side Freedom Library & Roseville Library Author Terry Swanson…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2022: “Six Decades Making Music and Memories: Minnesota Boychoir”

Barbara W. Sommer

Six Decades Making Music and Memories: Minnesota Boychoir Author: Barbara W. Sommer Sixty years ago, father and son—Morris M. Nilsen and Morris A. Nilsen—wished to give back to their community, and, so, they founded the Morris Nilsen Boys Choir, featuring the high treble voices of young, male singers. In the first…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2022: Grasshoppers in My Bed: New RCHS Children’s Book Coming in May – Kickoff Event at Gibbs Farm

Ramsey County Historical Society

Grasshoppers in My Bed New RCHS Children’s Book Coming in May Ramsey County Historical Society is pleased to announce the much-anticipated launch of a new children’s historical fiction book, Grasshoppers in My Bed: Lillie Belle Gibbs—Minnesota Farm Girl—1877 by author Terry Swanson and illustrator Peggy Stern. Written…

Grasshoppers in My Bed: Lillie Belle Gibbs, Minnesota Farm Girl 1877

Terry Swanson, Author and Peggy Stern, Illustrator

It is 1876—Christmas day—which just happens to be the eleventh birthday of Lillie Belle Gibbs. Her mother and father present her with a new journal. Now she must decide how to fill the pages. Grasshoppers in her bed, a smudge pot to keep the mosquitos at bay, the one-room schoolhouse…