Ramsey County History – Fall 2016: “Virginia Brainard Kunz and Ramsey County History”
Virginia Brainard Kunz and Ramsey County History
Author: John M. Lindley
John Lindley served as the volunteer chair of the RCHS editorial board between 1989 and 2005. In that capacity, he worked closely with Virginia Brainard Kunz, who was the founding editor of Ramsey County History (published twice a year between 1964 and 1990; published quarterly since then). Kunz served as the only editor until her death in early 2006. In addition to her work as editor, Kunz often wrote articles and book reviews for this magazine. When she was not busy with these editorial duties or her responsibilities as the society’s executive director (1962–1989), Kunz wrote a number of fine histories, most of which deal with the history of Ramsey County in one way or another. She is probably best known for writing three different histories of the City of Saint Paul. When Kunz retired as executive director in 1989, she continued her work as editor of Ramsey County History. Thus, she left a legacy of research and writing that is an invaluable resource for future generations.
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