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March of the Governors, Governor #5, William Rainey Marshall

Paul Nelson and Tom O'Connell

William Rainey Marshall could be said to occupy a prominent place in Minnesota’s list of founding fathers. He played a leading role in many of the seminal events that shaped the state’s early history. A strong opponent of slavery, he chaired the founding meeting of Minnesota’s Republican…

March of the Governors, Governor #4, Stephen Miller

Paul Nelson, Matt Wright, and Rebekah Coffman

Stephen Miller moved to Minnesota in middle age from Pennsylvania, several years after his friend Alexander Ramsey had moved to the state. He immediately involved himself in politics in St. Cloud. With the outbreak of the Civil War, he was named lieutenant colonel of the First Minnesota…

March of the Governors, Governor #3, Henry Swift

Paul Nelson and Matt Wright

Henry Swift came to Minnesota from Ohio as a young man, eventually settling in St. Peter. He was elected to the state senate and saw combat in the US Dakota War of 1862 at the Battles of New Ulm. The next year, because of Lieutenant Governor Ignatius…

A Private Wilderness: The Journals of Sigurd F. Olson

Reviewer: Anne Cowie

A Private Wilderness: The Journals of Sigurd F. Olson Sigurd F. Olson; David Backes, ed. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2021 376 pages; cloth cover/jacket, 74 b&w photos, 1 map, $29.95 Sigurd Olson, a father of the movement to save the Boundary Waters in the Quetico-Superior…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2021: “A Fort Snelling History Mystery: The Lost Barracks and the Twenty-Fifth US Infantry Regiment”

Matt Flueger

A Fort Snelling History Mystery: The Lost Barracks and the Twenty-Fifth US Infantry Regiment Author: Matt Flueger Historic Fort Snelling celebrated its bicentennial in 2020. After 200 years, it’s not surprising that a lot has been written about this place, which still stands today on a bluff at…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2021: “Historical Sleuthing: Solving the Mysteries of Fort Snelling through Archaeology”

Jeremy Nienow

Historical Sleuthing: Solving the Mysteries of Fort Snelling through Archaeology Author: Jeremy L. Nienow As a related write up to Matt Flueger’s “The Lost Barracks and the Twenty-Fifth US Infantry Regiment” article, author Jeremy Nienow shares a short history about the archaeological work at Fort Snelling over many decades. Nienow…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2021: “Correcting Mystery and Myth:  Not Everything You’ve Heard About Pig’s Eye Parrant is True”

Matt Goff

Correcting Mystery and Myth:  Not Everything You’ve Heard About Pig’s Eye Parrant is True Author: Matt Goff Most any St. Paul native is familiar with a character in local history named Pig’s Eye. The man lived in and around what would eventually become St. Paul, Minnesota, on…

Ramsey County History – Spring 2021: Book Reviews

Meredith Cummings and Paul Nelson

Spring 2021 Book Reviews…

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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…