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Ramsey County History – Summer 2022: “Addressing the ‘Trust Gap’ Harming History in the Twin Cities”

Chad P. Roberts

Addressing the “Trust Gap” Harming History in the Twin Cities Author: Chad P. Roberts Museum directors try to create institutions where everyone interested in and impacted by their institutions will be represented, welcomed, and engaged. However, following the murder of George Floyd in 2020, as museum staff…

March of the Governors, Governor #17, Adolph Olson Eberhart

Paul Nelson and Ken Peterson

Adolph Eberhart Podcast Link Adolph Eberhart (1870-1944) was a penniless, immigrant child from Varmland, Sweden, who embraced the opportunities the United States offered. Despite minimal schooling, he was named valedictorian of his class at Gustavus Adolphus College. He later became…

March of the Governors, Governor #16, John Albert Johnson

Paul Nelson and Ken Peterson

John Albert Johnson Podcast Link Minnesota’s sixteenth governor, John Albert Johnson, was our fourth from St. Peter. He had a “rags-to-riches Horatio Alger life.” The son of Swedish immigrants, he quit school at age twelve to support his mother and siblings. Self-educated, he eventually became a newspaper…

March of the Governors, Governor #15, Samuel Van Sant 

Paul Nelson and Tom O'Connell

Samuel Van Sant  was Minnesota’s fifteenth governor—the first to serve in the twentieth century and the first to occupy the current capitol. After three years of combat duty in the Union cavalry  (1861-1864), Van Sant joined the family steamboat business in LeClaire, Iowa. In 1883, he moved…

March of the Governors, Governor #14, John Lind

Paul Nelson and Fred Johnson

Three-term US congressman John Lind, a traditional Republican with a stream of populism coursing through his veins, made a major political course change in 1894. Unhappy with Republican policies, Lind, the first Swedish-American elected to Congress, opted not to run for a fourth term and quit the…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2022: “Six Decades Making Music and Memories: Minnesota Boychoir”

Barbara W. Sommer

Six Decades Making Music and Memories: Minnesota Boychoir Author: Barbara W. Sommer Sixty years ago, father and son—Morris M. Nilsen and Morris A. Nilsen—wished to give back to their community, and, so, they founded the Morris Nilsen Boys Choir, featuring the high treble voices of young, male singers. In the first…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2014: Book Reviews

Ramsey County Historical Society

Book Reviews Tim Mahoney, Secret Partners: Big Tom Brown and the Barker Gang (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2013). Arthur L. Norberg, Computers and Commerce: A Study of Technology and Management at Eckert-Mauchly Computer Company, Engineering Research Associates, and Remington Rand, 1947–1957 (Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2005).

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Ramsey County History – Spring 2022: “The Man and the Can: Patrick J. Towle and the St. Paul Origins of Log Cabin Syrup”

Matthew M. Thomas

The Man and the Can: Patrick J. Towle and the St. Paul Origins of Log Cabin Syrup Author: Mathew M. Thomas In 1888, after a grocery business failed in Chicago, Patrick J. Towle relocated to St. Paul with a new focus on packaging and selling a single product—maple-flavored syrup. Settling on…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2022: Grasshoppers in My Bed: New RCHS Children’s Book Coming in May – Kickoff Event at Gibbs Farm

Ramsey County Historical Society

Grasshoppers in My Bed New RCHS Children’s Book Coming in May Ramsey County Historical Society is pleased to announce the much-anticipated launch of a new children’s historical fiction book, Grasshoppers in My Bed: Lillie Belle Gibbs—Minnesota Farm Girl—1877 by author Terry Swanson and illustrator Peggy Stern. Written…