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March of the Governors, Governor #1, Henry Hastings Sibley

Paul Nelson and Ken Peterson

Henry Hastings Sibley Podcast Link This is the first in a new series of podcasts. We call it March of the Governors because we will examine the lives and careers of governors of the State of Minnesota, one by one. We start with our first governor, Henry…

Ramsey County History – Winter 2021: “Take a Hike: A Century of Walks with the St. Paul Hiking Club”

Bob Tholkes, with Meredith Cummings

Take a Hike: A Century of Walks with the St. Paul Hiking Club Author: Bob Tholkes, with Meredith Cummings On January 15, 1921, twenty-five hardy young people bundled up in their warmest boots, knickers, hiking skirts, and woolen mittens and socks for a six-mile round-trip jaunt on the…

Ramsey County History – Winter 2021: “Growing Up Along the Mighty Mississippi: The Great Depression Through the Eyes of a Young ‘River Rat'”

Harriette Peterson Koopman, with Connie Koopman Pettersen

Growing Up Along the Mighty Mississippi: The Great Depression Through the Eyes of a Young “River Rat” Author: Harriette Peterson Koopman, with Connie Koopman Pettersen When Harriette Peterson Koopman was growing up during the Great Depression, she and her siblings were sometimes called “river rats” by classmates. The derogatory slur…

Ramsey County History – Winter 2021: “We Represent:  Evolving Public Art at the Saint Paul City Hall – Ramsey County Courthouse”

Kristina Youso

We Represent:  Evolving Public Art at the Saint Paul City Hall – Ramsey County Courthouse Author: Kristina Youso On August 19, 2020, the public got its first look at four new 16’ x 5’ murals now on display in the council chambers of the Saint Paul City…

Ramsey County History – Winter 2021: “How’d They Do That? Bringing Ramsey County History Tours Right to Your Home”

Jeremy Nienow

How’d They Do That? Bringing Ramsey County History Tours Right to Your Home Author: Jeremy L. Nienow The COVID-19 pandemic significantly limited our abilities to get out and about and explore the many interesting and unique museums, historic homes, and other local venues in Ramsey County. But don’t…

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Neighborhood Architecture–Irvine Park, Saint Paul: a coloring book.

Jeanne Kosfeld, Illustrator and Richard Kronick, Author

Twin Cities-based illustrator Jeanne Kosfeld and author Richard Kronick have together transformed a simple sketchbook featuring pen and ink drawings into a brief storytelling of the Irvine Park neighborhood’s unique 173-year history. Artists of all ages and abilities may colorize their own imagined versions of these historic edifices, including fanciful…

Ramsey County History – Fall 2020: “Interminable Township Turmoil: White Bear Township and the Power of the Vote”

Sara Markoe Hanson

Interminable Township Turmoil: White Bear Township and the Power of the Vote Author: Sara Markoe Hanson Why is White Bear Township shaped that way? If you’ve ever wondered about the answer to that question, Sara Markoe Hanson, executive director of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, carefully…

Ramsey County History – Fall 2020: “A Doctor Ahead of His Time and the Trouble that Followed: The Sexual Life by Charles W. Malchow”

Ryan T. Hurt and Paul Nelson

A Doctor Ahead of His Time and the Trouble that Followed: The Sexual Life by Charles W. Malchow Authors: Ryan T. Hurt and Paul Nelson At the turn of the twentieth century, a progressive doctor named Charles W. Malchow, who worked at Hamline University’s short-lived Department of Medicine, wrote…

Ramsey County History – Fall 2020: “Born in Ukraine: Sculptor Antin Pavlos”

Janice Quick

Born in Ukraine: Sculptor Antin Pavlos Author: Janice Quick Sculptor Antin Pavlos was one of many Ukrainians who came to St. Paul following World War II to escape the looming threat of Communism. He took a job with St. Paul Statuary upon his arrival in the late…