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Individual Membership General Benefits

 - Subscription to Ramsey County History quarterly magazine

 - Free general admission to Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakota Life during the programming season

 - Free use of our user friendly Research Center, open 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday - Thursday

 - 10% discount on Gibbs Museum Day Camps, purchases at either of our sites, Gibbs Museum or Ramsey County Historical Society at Landmark Center and ticketed events

 - Invitations to many free lectures, demonstrations, exhibits and special events


The Builders

Elias Drake
Elias Drake arrived in Saint Paul in 1860 with a contract to build the state's first railroad. During the next 36 years, Elias built more than 600 miles of railroad through Minnesota.

Jane & Heman Gibbs
Jane Debow Gibbs (the "Little Bird That Was Caught") and Heman Gibbs bought their farmstead in 1849. Starting with a small one-room sod house, they farmed the land, built a large famrhouse and barn, continued Jane's friendship with the local Dakota, and fostered education in the area, all while raising a family on the Minnesota frontier.
For more information on Jane & Heman Gibbs and the Gibbs Museum, see the page here.
For copies of the RCHS publication Jane Gibbs, "Little Bird That Was Caught" by Anne E. Neuberger, illustrated by Tessie Bundick. The book is appropriate for ages 8 and up.  

Seth & Mary Eastman
For Seth & Mary Henderson Eastman lived at Fort Snelling, where Seth became Commander in 1849. They were instrumental in recording Dakota and Ojibwe Native American life in Minesota; he3 painted the local landscapes and people while Mary wrote about the daily life of the Dakota. RCHS has available three publications about or by the Eastmans:
- Seth Eastman: A Portfolio of North American Indian (hardcover, with full color illustrations)
- Dakotah, or Life and Legends of the Sioux Around Fort Snelling by Mary Henderson Eastman, illustrated by Captain Eastman (hardcover with full color illustrations)
- Painting the Dakota: Seth Eastman at Fort Snelling by MaryBeth Lorbiecki (trade paperback with full color illustrations)

Please contact RCHS for more information on the Builders Circles or publications.




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Many Thanks to the:
 Katherine B. Andersen Fund
of The Saint Paul Foundation

For the $15,000
2015 Membership Matching Grant

 - all new memberships
- all upgraded memberships
 - all returning memberships from lapsed members rejoining the Society!


Builders Circle Contributing Memberships & Benefits

All Builders Circles donors receive a complimentary Household Membership. In addition to the Individual Membership general benefits listed to the upper left, each Builders Circle receives:

Elias Drake Circle: $100-$249
- Complimentary Household Membership
- Individual General Membership benefits (see left, above)
- Recognition in the Annual Report
- Invitations to Donor Events
- Your Elias Drake Builders Circle membership is tax-deductible less the $35 value of benefits that you will recieve

Jane & Heman Gibbs Circle: $250-$499
The benefits of the Elias Drake Circle plus:
- Two complimentary passes to the Gibbs Museum per visit for your friends and family
- Your Jane & Heman Gibbs Builders Circle membership is tax-deductible less the $35 value of benefits that you will receive

Seth & Mary Eastman Circle: $500-$999
The benefits of the Jane & Heman Gibbs Circle plus:
- Complimentary reproduction from the RCHS archival collection
- One hour of complimentary research assistance in our Research Center Collection (please call RCHS for an appointment)
- Your Seth & Mary Eastman Builders Circle membership is tax-deductible less the $50 value of benefits that you will receive.
For information on the Legends Society Circles for donations of $1,000 and above, please see the Legends Society page.

Please contact Samantha via e-mail at development@rchs.com or at 651-222-0701 x 5 with any questions or for more information on any of our Giving Circles.

For general membership questions, contact Robyn at membership@rchs.com, or 651-222-0701 x 6.

TO DONATE to Builders Circle Contributing Memberships, click the Donate Now button below and enter your donation amount. RCHS will automatically enter you into a Builders Circle and you can begin recieving your benefits.

Thank you for supporting RCHS!




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Business Sponsorship

  Business Sponsorship Benefits

- A subscription to Ramsey County History quarterly magazine

 - Free Family Passes to the Gibbs Museum and many special events

 - Invitations to free lectures, demonstrations and exhibits

 - A 10% discount at the Gibbs Museum Gift Shop and Landmark Center on books, merchandise and Gibbs Museum Day Camps.

 - Free and unlimited use of our user-friendly research center open Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Business Sponsorship 101

Becoming a Business Sponsor of Ramsey County Historical Society means your Business is directly contributing to:

 - Educational Pioneer and Dakota history programming for over 600 area schools

 - 26,000 school age children's Museum Experience Yearly at Gibbs Museum

 - Educational Exhibits at our Landmark Center Site Gallery

 - School and student research projects in our Research Center facility at Landmark Center

 - Innovative and interactive history programs for over 300 households with school age children

 - Day Camps that serve over 300 School Age Children each summer at Gibbs Museum


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 We express Gratitude to Our Current Business Sponsors


Latuff Brother's Autobody


Documents 2 Disc Inc





Sanders Wacker Bargly Inc.
Landscape architects and planners




Saint Paul Building Trades Council

Building Restoration Corp


Ulland Investment Advisors




Our Mission
"The Ramsey County Historical Society inspires current and future generations to learn from
and value their history by engaging in a diverse program of presenting, publishing and preserving." 

The place for St. Paul & Ramsey County, Minnesota history.
Ramsey County Historical Society programs include a research center, St. Paul & Ramsey County MN history magazine, 
historical exhibits, historic site attraction the Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakota Life.

323 Landmark Center, 75 West Fifth Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102    
Phone: (651) 222-0701, Fax: (651) 223-8539

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