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Decisions, Destiny, and Dreams: Plympton’s Reserve, St. Paul’s Founding, and Desnoyer’s New Bridge Square

Drew M. Ross

The Desnoyer Halfway House located on the St. Anthony Falls-St. Paul Road attracted soldiers from Fort Snelling, residents from growing villages along the Mississippi, and tourists traveling to the area to glimpse the cascading St. Anthony Falls. Courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society. By Drew M. Ross To see this…

Ramsey County History Winter 2024: H. Emil Strassburger

Nicole Foss

Volume 59, Number 1: Winter 2024 Architect of St. Paul’s West Side: H. Emil Strassburger Author: Nicole Foss Architectural Historian Nicole Foss grew curious about some of the old houses she passed on daily walks in her neighborhood. Curiosity led to research, which evolved into our cover story “Architect…

Ramsey County History Fall 2023 – From Lower Phalen Creek Project to Wakaŋ Tipi Awaŋyaŋkapi

Daniel W. McGuiness with Maggie Lorenz

Volume 58, Number 3: Fall 2023 Link to download full issue of Fall 2023 Ramsey County History magazine A Sacred Dakhóta Site Inspires Community Renewal: From Lower Phalen Creek Project to Wakaŋ Tipi Awaŋyaŋkapi Authors: Daniel W. McGuiness, with Maggie Lorenz In the 1970s, land below St.

Ramsey County History Fall 2023 – Full Issue

Daniel W. McGuiness, Maggie Lorenz, Deacon DeBoer, Eileen Bass, Justis Brokenrope, Ava Grace, Dr. Rev. Clifford Canku, Heather Menefee, Šišókadúta

Volume 58, Number 3: Fall 2023 Link to download full issue of Fall 2023 Ramsey County History magazine Articles in this Issue: A Sacred Dakhóta Site Inspires Community Renewal: From Lower Phalen Creek Project to Wakaŋ Tipi Awaŋyaŋkapi Authors: Daniel W. McGuiness, with Maggie Lorenz…

History Revealed: Nature’s Crossroads

George Vrtis and Christopher W. Wells

Nature’s Crossroads: The Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota: A Wide-Ranging Environmental and Historical Study of the Evolution of the Minneapolis–Saint Paul Area With George Vrtis and Christopher W. Wells History Revealed Series Program Date: Thursday, June 22, 2023 YouTube Video In…

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…

Ramsey County History – Fall 2022: Retracing the Red River Trail

Terry Doerksen

Volume 57, Number 3: Fall 2022 A Man, a Woman, an Ox, and a Cart: Retracing the Red River Trail Author: Terry Doerksen Remember your teachers assigning the annual class essay, What I Did on Summer Vacation? Canadians Terry and Patty Doerksen were kind enough to share Terry’s one-of-a-kind…

Confluence: A History of Fort Snelling

Reviewer: Matthew W. Wright

2022 Minnesota Book Award Winner Confluence: A History of Fort Snelling Hampton Smith St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2021 256 pages; hardcover; $34.95 The past six years have seen the publication of two new histories of Fort Snelling…

Fort Snelling and the Civil War

Stephen E. Osman

Over one hundred fifty years ago, our state offered the first volunteers to defend the Union in the fight against slavery. Every Minnesota soldier passed through historic Fort Snelling to the fighting. Using detailed research and first-hand accounts, Stephen E. Osman’s new book, Fort Snelling and the Civil War, tells…