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March of the Governors, Governor #8, John Pillsbury

Paul Nelson and Tom O'Connell

John Pillsbury, a Republican, served three terms as governor of Minnesota from January 1876 to January 1882. An immigrant from New Hampshire, Pillsbury made a fortune in the grain milling business in the company that still carries his name. He also had a strong commitment to public…

History Revealed: The Spirit Tree: Hazel Belvo

Julie L'Enfant

The Spirit Tree: Hazel Belvo and the Art of Nature With Julie L’Enfant History Revealed Series Program Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021 Video on YouTube In partnership with the Roseville Library & the East Side Freedom Library Hazel Belvo has been…

Ramsey County History – Fall 2021: “Our Lady of Good Counsel/Our Lady of Peace: Two Names, Decades of Daily Mercy, and Innumerable Blessings at St. Paul’s Free Hospice Home”

Christina Capecchi

Our Lady of Good Counsel/Our Lady of Peace: Two Names, Decades of Daily Mercy, and Innumerable Blessings at St. Paul’s Free Hospice Home Author: Christina Capecchi Eighty years ago on December 7, 1941—shorty after radio newscasters began reporting the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii—nine nuns opened…

Ramsey County History – Fall 2021: “Tikkun Olam: Jewish Women Serving Their St. Paul Community”

 Kate Dietrick, Gabrielle Horner, and Janet Kampf

Tikkun Olam: Jewish Women Serving Their St. Paul Community Author: Kate Dietrick, Gabrielle Horner, and Janet Kampf Question: How do we go about repairing the troubled world in which we live—in which we’ve always lived? Answer: With the help and creativity of one determined person at a time. In this article,…

Ramsey County History – Fall 2021: “Closing the Book: The James Jerome Hill Reference Library, 1921-2021”

Eileen McCormack

Closing the Book: The James Jerome Hill Reference Library, 1921-2021 Author: Eileen McCormack James J. Hill, was a creator of businesses, railroads, banks, trusts, and mansions. In 1912, he set to work on one more creation—a gift to the people of St. Paul. Hill died in 1916 before his dream—the James…

History Revealed: Lost St. Paul Mansions

Larry Millett

Lost St. Paul Mansions With Larry Millett History Revealed Series Program Date: Thursday, November 11, 2021 Video on YouTube Scores of mansions that once stood on the bluffs around downtown St. Paul and in other parts of the city have been demolished over…

The March of Governors, Governor #7, Cushman Davis

Paul Nelson and Ken Peterson

Minnesota’s seventh governor, Cushman Davis, served only one term from 1874 to 1876 during which most of the state recovered from the Panic of 1873. Highlights of his time in office include amending the state’s constitution to allow women to vote in school board elections and serve on the…

History Revealed: St. Paul: An Urban Biography

Bill Lindeke

St. Paul: An Urban Biography With Bill Lindeke History Revealed Series Program Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 Video on YouTube In partnership with the Roseville Library and the East Side Freedom Library Author Bill Lindeke will share stories and research from his new…

The March of the Governors, Special Edition, The US Dakota War of 1862

Paul Nelson, Sydney Beane, Mary Lethert Wingerd, and Rebekah Coffman

The US Dakota War of 1862 was a unique event in Minnesota history. In his book, Massacre in Minnesota, the eminent historian Gary Clayton Anderson calls it “the most violent ethnic conflict in American history.” It was a calamity that we Minnesotans are still trying to deal with…