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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 To see the complete magazine with endnotes and images, please view the PDF version.  …

Ramsey County History Summer 2023 – Tribute to John Milton

John Lindley

Volume 58, Number 2: Summer 2023 A Tribute to John Watson Milton Author: John Lindley John Watson Milton, a longtime member of the Ramsey County Historical Society Editorial Board, passed away July 3, 2023, following a long illness. RCHS Editor Emeritus John Lindley spent time reflecting on our esteemed…

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…

History Revealed: We Are Meant to Rise

Carolyn Holbrook, David Mura, Suleiman Adan, Marcie Rendon and Kevin Yang

We Are Meant to Rise With Carolyn Holbrook, David Mura, Suleiman Adan, Marcie Rendon and Kevin Yang History Revealed Series Program Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022 Video on YouTube In partnership with the East Side Freedom Library and the Roseville Library. We Are…

History Revealed: A Private Wilderness

David Backes

A Private Wilderness: The Journals of Sigurd F. Olson with David Backes History Revealed Series Program Date: Thursday, August 19, 2021 Video on YouTube David Backes shared the personal diaries of one of America’s best-loved naturalists, revealing his difficult and inspiring path to finding…

History Revealed: Sinclair Lewis

Patrick Coleman

Sinclair Lewis, His Life, Work and Relevance Patrick Coleman History Revealed Series Program Date: November 19, 2020 YouTube Video Ramsey County Historical Society, in partnership with the Roseville Library. Sinclair Lewis’s Main Street turned 100 years old this October. It was a publishing phenomenon…

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Ramsey County History – Summer 2020: “The View from Summit Avenue: Inspiration Point for Sinclair Lewis’s Main Street”

Ralph L. Goldstein

The View from Summit Avenue: Inspiration Point for Sinclair Lewis’s Main Street Author: Ralph L. Goldstein When a young Sinclair Lewis traveled to Saint Paul at the turn of the twentieth century to take his Yale University entrance exams, he found time to explore the city, marveling at…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2020: “The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library Celebrate Seventy-Five Years: Honoring Perrie Jones, the Librarian at the Center of It All”

Mark Taylor

The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library Celebrate Seventy-Five Years: Honoring Perrie Jones, the Librarian at the Center of It All Author: Mark Taylor As The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library celebrate seventy-five years advocating, fundraising, and producing programming for the Saint Paul Public Library…

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Ramsey County History – Fall 2019: “Three Jewish Writers”

Steve Trimble and Paul Nelson

Three Jewish Writers Authors: Steve Trimble and Paul Nelson What do three men who grew up in St. Paul’s predominately Jewish neighborhoods in the first half of the twentieth century have in common? Quite a bit, actually. Authors Steve Trimble and Paul Nelson highlight the lives of…