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Ramsey County History – Spring 1981: “The Trademarks of Classy Classic Art Deco: A two-page photo essay of Art Deco interior finishing in the City Hall-County Courthouse. God of Peace: Miles’ ‘Finest Creation in Stone’”

Dane Smith

The Trademarks of Classy Classic Art Deco: A two-page photo essay of Art Deco interior finishing in the City Hall-County Courthouse God of Peace: Miles’ ‘Finest Creation in Stone’ Author: Dane Smith The original interior design of the main hall of the Ramsey County Courthouse left a space…

Ramsey County History – Special 1976: “Minnesota Art and Artists: A Pictorial History, 1820–1914”

Rena Neumann Coen

Minnesota Art and Artists: A Pictorial History, 1820–1914 Author: Rena Neumann Coen Excerpts from the author’s book, Painting and Sculpture in Minnesota (1976), which was a Bicentennial project, along with an exhibit at the University of Minnesota Gallery. Nineteenth-century American artists, such as Seth Eastman and George Catlin, memorialized…

Ramsey County History – Spring 1971: “The Building of Old Fort Ripley and Its Links with St. Paul”

Robert Orr Baker

The Building of Old Fort Ripley and Its Links with St. Paul Author: Robert Orr Baker Fort Ripley was built at the confluence of the Crow Wing and Mississippi Rivers, primarily “to protect the Winnebago Indians who had been placed in the area as a buffer between the warring…

Ramsey County History – Fall 1970: Book Review

Ramsey County Historical Society

Edward J. Lettermann, From Whole Log to No Log: A History of the Indians where the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers Meet (Minneapolis: Dillon Press, 1969). PDF of Book Review…

Ramsey County History – Fall 1969: “Norman Kittson and the Fur Trade”

Clarence W. Rife and Holly Walters

Norman Kittson and the Fur Trade Authors: Clarence W. Rife and Holly Walters Few Minnesota pioneers painted on a bigger canvas than Norman Kittson (1814–1888). He traded furs around Fort Snelling in the 1830s, then he moved farther and farther north and west, to Pembina. He battled…

Ramsey County History – Spring 1969: “Orders, Letters, Lists of Possessions: Colonel Snelling’s Journals”

Virginia Brainard Kunz

Orders, Letters, Lists of Possessions: Colonel Snelling’s Journals Author: Virginia Brainard Kunz A recounting of life and the historical significance of Fort Snelling. The excerpts, joined by explanatory text, touch on death by disease, military discipline, relations with Native Americans, planned participation in a duel, Snelling’s transfer…

Ramsey County History – Spring 1969: “Summer Evenings, a Smudge Kettle, Tallow Candles—And Farm Life Recalled”

Lillie Gibbs LeVesconte

Summer Evenings, a Smudge Kettle, Tallow Candles—And Farm Life Recalled Author: Lillie Gibbs LeVesconte A short memoir written by the youngest daughter of Jane and Heman Gibbs about her years in the 1870s during summer evenings after all the chores were done and family members gathered in…

Ramsey County History – Fall 1967: “Case of the Vanishing Historic Site Or What Happened To Carver’s Cave?”

Charles T. Burnley

Case of the Vanishing Historic Site Or What Happened To Carver’s Cave? Author: Charles T. Burnley A reprint of a 1913 article from the St. Paul Dispatch. The entrance to Carver’s Cave was rediscovered and the cave reopened, with considerable ceremony, in 1913. Jonathan Carver had come across…