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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…

History Revealed: Natural Curiosity

Don Luce

A Natural Curiosity: The Story of the Bell Museum with Don Luce History Revealed Series Program Date: July 21, 2022 Video on YouTube Since its humble start in 1872 as a one-room cabinet of curiosities, the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of natural history…

History Revealed: Daybreak Woman

Jane Lamm Carroll

Daybreak Woman with Jane Lamm Carroll History Revealed Series Program Date: Thursday, July 14, 2022 Video on YouTube In partnership with the East Side Freedom Library & Roseville Library A remarkable woman’s life spans nearly a century of peace, invasion, war, exile, return, and…

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…

History Revealed: Swedish Foodways & Immigration

Patrice Johnson

Swedish Foodways & Immigration with Patrice Johnson History Revealed Series Program Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022 YouTube Video From Spam to Tater Tot hotdish, Minnesotans have their unique and diverse traditions centered around food. Join author Patrice Johnson as she explores how Swedish immigrant…


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).