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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…

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…

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…

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…

The March of Governors, Governor #6, Horace Austin

Paul Nelson and Ken Peterson

The second of four Minnesota governors from St. Peter, Horace Austin, was the state’s first governor to directly confront the increased power of railroads, the state’s most powerful business force. Noted for being honest and straight forward, Austin succeeded in regulating their rates after being reelected in 1871…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2021: “How It Started; How It’s Going: Land O’Lakes Celebrates Ten Decades of Innovation”

Karen Mellott-Fosier

How It Started; How It’s Going: Land O’Lakes Celebrates Ten Decades of Innovation Author: Karen Mellott-Fosier Arden Hills-based Land O’Lakes, Inc. celebrates a milestone birthday in 2021. A century ago on June 7, 1921, representatives from 320 of the state’s co-op creameries gathered in the old state capitol…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2021: “Growing Up Hmong in the Twin Cities: Gatherings from Before”

Kao Kalia Yang

Growing Up Hmong in the Twin Cities: Gatherings from Before Author: Kao Kalia Yang Large and extended family gatherings are a steadfast tradition for members of the Hmong community in the Twin Cities area. St. Paul writer Kao Kalia Yang reflects on these familial celebrations where aunties and…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2021: “The Aesthetics of Bridge Design: A Paean to Two of St. Paul’s Elegant Park Bridges”

Christine Podas-Larson

The Aesthetics of Bridge Design: A Paean to Two of St. Paul’s Elegant Park Bridges Author: Christine Podas-Larson It is said that bridges have the power to define the character of a city. Today in St. Paul, 320 bridges carry and connect motor vehicles, trains, and bicyclists, runners,…

Ramsey County History – Summer 2021: Book Review

Mary Lethert Wingerd

Summer 2021 Book Review PDF of Book Review…

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