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March of the Governors, Governor #2, Alexander Ramsey

Paul Nelson and David Bly

Alexander Ramsey did not have it easy. He was orphaned at age ten and worked as a store clerk and a carpenter before finding his vocation in politics. He served two terms in Congress from Pennsylvania and for his service to the Whig Party was rewarded, if…

March of the Governors, Governor #1, Henry Hastings Sibley

Paul Nelson and Ken Peterson

Henry Hastings Sibley Podcast Link This is the first in a new series of podcasts. We call it March of the Governors because we will examine the lives and careers of governors of the State of Minnesota, one by one. We start with our first governor, Henry…

Massacre in Minnesota: The Dakota War of 1862, the Most Violent Ethnic Conflict in American History

Reviewer: Mary Lethert Wingerd

Massacre in Minnesota: The Dakota War of 1862, the Most Violent Ethnic Conflict in American History Gary Clayton Anderson Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2019 384 pages; hardcover, 42 b&w illustrations, 2 maps, $32.95 Did we really need another book about the Dakota War? My response…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2019: “William DeWitt Mitchell: The Other William Mitchell”

Thomas H. Boyd and Douglas R. Heidenreich

William DeWitt Mitchell: The Other William Mitchell Authors: Thomas H. Boyd and Douglas R. Heidenreich “Like Father, Like Son” is a common saying that most certainly applies to this article. Thomas H. Boyd, a St. Paul attorney, and Douglas R. Heidenreich, former dean of the William Mitchell College of…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2018: “A St. Paul Artist Behind Enemy Lines: Carl Bohnen, World War I, and Americanism”

Steve Trimble

A St. Paul Artist Behind Enemy Lines: Carl Bohnen, World War I, and Americanism Author: Steve Trimble St. Paul artist Carl Bohnen (1872–1951) was an accomplished pencil-and-charcoal portrait artist. In 1914, a group of local, wealthy arts patrons underwrote the cost of sending Bohnen and his family to Germany…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2018: “‘Dr. Nellie:’ One Physician’s Experience at the Front in the Great War”

Johannes R. Allert

“Dr. Nellie:” One Physician’s Experience at the Front in the Great War Author: Johannes R. Allert Nellie N. Barsness (1873–1966) was the first woman from the State of Minnesota to graduate from the University of Minnesota’s medical school (1902). She then set up her practice in St.

Ramsey County History Podcast #11 – Spring 2018: North Star: Civil War Stories

Paul Nelson, Daniel Bergin, and Bill Green

North Star: Civil War Stories Ramsey County Historical Society (RCHS) and Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) have collaborated in the production of the documentary film, North Star: Civil War Stories, about Minnesotans of African heritage who served in the Civil War. At the premiere screening, filmmaker Daniel…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2018: “Charles and Elaine Eastman: Their Years in St. Paul, 1893–1898”

Teresa Swanson, Sydney Beane, and William Beane

Charles and Elaine Eastman: Their Years in St. Paul, 1893–1898 Authors: Teresa Swanson, Sydney Beane, and William Beane Born in 1858 in Minnesota, Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa) survived the US Dakota War of 1862 and fled with his family to Canada, where he was raised in the…

RCHS/TPT Film – North Star: Civil War Stories

RCHS and TPT

North Star Civil War Stories Ramsey County Historical Society is proud to partner with TPT-Twin Cities PBS to produce a ground-breaking new documentary, North Star: Civil War Stories, which uncovers hidden details of African-American men from Minnesota involved in the Civil War. Using emerging research and scholarship, North Star: Civil War…