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The German Friend: War and Postwar Letters from German Anti-Nazi Prinz Hubertus zu Lowenstein to American Hans Christian, 1942-1947
by John Larson

 Join us as we celebrate the release of our newest publication with a Book Release Reception:
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at 7:00pm
Hamline University, Anderson Center
Free
The German Friend

‘Bought 2 Horses & a Wagon’ 
The Story of the Murphy Companies
Virginia Brainard Kunz
This is the story of how E. L. Murphy Sr. established his business, gradually converted it from horses to trucks, suffered through the takeover of Murphy Transfer and Storage Company and Murphy Motor Freight Lines by a St. Paul bank in the midst of the Great Depression, and how brothers Edward L. Murphy Jr. and Richard T. Murphy Sr. were able to regain control of the family business and rebuild it for future growth. Acclaimed Minnesota historian Virginia Brainard Kunz also tells how the Murphy Companies dealt with all the changes wrought by World War II, federal deregulation of the trucking industry in the 1970s and ‘80s, and today’s growing demand for quality warehousing and rigging services in a highly competitive marketplace.

Members Price: $29.00
Non-Members Price: $32.00
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Celebrate St. Paul
150 years of History

John M. Lindley
Hardcover 

Members Price: $15.00
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Dahcotah; or Life and Legends of the Sioux around Fort Snelling
Mary Henderson Eastman, illustrations by Seth Eastman

FIRST PUBLISHED in 1849, DAHCOTAH; or, Life and Legends of the Sioux presents an unparalleled glimpse into Sioux (Dakota) customs and manners by a writer who had the advantage of long-term residency among the Indians. The wife of army officer and illustrator Seth Eastman, Mary Eastman gathered the material for this book during their seven years at Fort Snelling in what became the Minnesota Territory.  Illustrated with watercolor drawings from Seth Eastman's frontier portfolio, this new edition of a celebrated classic is a feast for the eyes.

Members Price: $24.00
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The Dutiful Son: Louis W. Hill Life in the Shadow of the Empire Builder, James J. Hill
by Biloine (Billie) W. Young with Eileen R. McCormack

Local author Biloine (Billie) W. Young and researcher Eileen McCormack bring to light the extraordinary life and contributions of Louis W. Hill Sr., the second son of James J. Hill.  Following the death of his father, Louis took on the management of the Great Northern Railway and banking empire, became the major force behind the establishment and development of Glacier National Park, restored the St. Paul Winter Carnival as a city-wide celebration and equitably settled his parents’ vast estate despite, at times,  bitter opposition from members of his family. 

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Farming in Early Minnesota
 Edward J. Letterman
 97 Pages, profusely illustrated by the author
, softcover
Softcover

Members Price: $10.00
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For the Good of the Order
ANick Coleman and the High Tide of Liberal Politics in Minnesota, 1971-1981
J
ohn Watson Milton
Chronicles Nick Coleman's role in the legislative cauldron that resulted in Minnesota being recognized throughout the country as "the state that works." Nick Coleman provided the vision and leadership that enacted social and economic programs, and inspired voter support that sent Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, and Walter Mondale to national prominence.

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For the Good of the Order
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From Arcade Street to Main Street
A History of the Seeger Refrigerator Company, 1902-1984
James B. Bell
 “St. Paul has long been famed for its Winter Carnival, but another sort of chill was big business for more than three quarters of a century on the city's East Side. There, in a sprawling plant operated by the Seeger Refrigerator Company along Arcade Street, thousands of workers produced iceboxes and later refrigerators and freezers, including those sold by Sears, Roebuck under its popular Coldspot label. This carefully researched and richly illustrated book offers the first complete history of the Seeger Company and the remarkable St. Paul family, led by John A. Seeger, who founded it. … Later merged with Whirlpool Corporation and RCA’s Appliance Division, the workers on Arcade Street made their last appliances in 1984, and the plant is now gone. But the company still lives on in memory, and this fine book brings to life a vital and fascinating chapter in St. Paul’s history.”
               Larry Millett

                Author of Lost Twin Cities and Twin Cities Then and Now

Members Price: $34.00
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Just Released!
The German Friend:
"War and Postwar Letters from German Anti-Nazi Prinz Hubertus zu Lowenstein to American Hans Christian, 1942-1947

John W. Larson
The German Friend tells the fascinating story of Prinz Hubertus zu Lowenstein through his letters to his American friend, John W. Larson, (known to his family and friends by the nickname Hans Christian). The letters cover not only politics, but philosophy, ideals and the day-to-day activities of the two men. A testament to friendship and to the fight for freedom, the book is a deeply personal exploration of the thoughts, hopes and values of one of Germany's most prominent wartime authors.

Trade size softcover, over 700 pages, larger print
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Jane/Little Bird Jane Gibbs:
"Little Bird That Was Caught"

Anne E. Neuberger
with illustrations by Tessie Bundick
In 1834, five-year old Jane was placed into a covered wagon without her parents’ knowledge to travel with a family she did not know. They took her through great woods and savannahs in a covered wagon, boating across Lake Michigan and up rivers until they reached Minnesota. While her new family was building a log cabin, Jane discovered that the other people already there lived in houses made of tree bark or buffalo skins and spoke a language called Dakota. And she came to love these people. From then on, Jane lived in two worlds, that of the white missionary family, and of the native people who treated her like a daughter. She spoke two languages, lived by two sets of rules, and answered to two names: Jane and "Little Bird That Was Caught." This true story tells of Jane’s amazing experiences as a child of two cultures. A chapter book for ages 8-14. Softcover.

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John B. Sanborn: Speeches and Addresses
John Sanborn with John Lindley

Between 1869 and 1887, General John B. Sanborn (1826–1904) published ten speeches and addresses that ranged from the genealogy of the Sanborn family to his service in the Civil War to his efforts after the war to establish peace between the federal government and a number of Indian tribes of the Great Plains. Born and educated as a lawyer in New Hampshire, Sanborn came to St. Paul in 1854. Read More


Softcover:
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Hardcover:
Members Price: $44.00
Non-Members Price: $49.00

 
   
   
Mississippi/St.Paul
The Mississippi and St. Paul
A Short History of the City’s 150-Year Love Affair With Its River
Virginia Brainard Kunz
Softcover

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PAINTING THE DAKOTA: Seth Eastman at Fort Snelling
by Marybeth Lorbiecki, Foreword by Lori K. Crowchild (Native American descendant of Seth Eastman).

READERS LEARN ABOUT Dakota Indian culture through the Seth Eastman paintings. Painted during seven years on the frontier, these watercolor and oil paintings comprise the most significant source of information about Native American life in pre-territorial Minnesota. Softcover.

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Pearl and the Howling Hound Farm
Pearl Marea Schenk 
Born in 1911, Pearl Marea Schenk grew up on a farm in rural Anoka County, Minnesota, and received her early education in a one-room schoolhouse similar to the one that Ramsey County Historical Society has preserved at the Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life. She then became a classroom teacher in several Minnesota districts and later, after earning a master’s degree, served as a school counselor in Roseville. This gifted educator’s memoir recounts the good times as well as the constant work her family shared on their Howling Hound Farm during the 1920s and ‘30s. Pearl Schenk also remembers her experiences with the changing nature of public education in a suburban district after World War II, when educators recognized they needed to provide better support to students with special needs.  The book is published by the Ramsey County Historical Society.

Members Price: $24.00
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Rocky Roots
Geology and Stone Construction in Downtown St. Paul

The  second edition of Rocky Roots is a guide to the use of stone in downtown St. Paul’s architecture.  It can be a flexible and useful guide to several different walking tours that will enrich a pedestrian’s stroll through town
.  It uses text, photos, and maps as a guide to the use of ornamental stone, particularly stone quarried in Minnesota.  The user will see the city with new eyes and new appreciation.

 A favorite of local teachers, students, geologists, and those who are interested in the architecture of downtown St. Paul buildings, the first edition of Rocky Roots came out in 1978. Written by dedicated science educator Sister Joan Kain. Over the past thirty years some buildings that are discussed in that first edition have been torn down and a number of noteworthy new buildings that use ornamental stone have been erected. The new edition will update and expand Rocky Roots to reflect these changes in the city’s built landscape and provide new maps showing the city’s current street layout.

 

Paul D. Nelson, a noted local historian and author, prepared the second edition under the auspices of Sr. Joan Kain and the Society. The new book retains the spirit and intent of the original while replacing many of the first edition’s black and white photos with photos in full color. In addition author Nelson is expanding the book’s coverage of the uses of ornamental stone to the interiors of many of the city’s public buildings.

 

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Seth Eastman: A Portfolio of North American Indians
Sarah Boehme, Christian Feest, and Patricia Condon Johnston

A LANDMARK PUBLICATION that showcases the foremost collection of watercolors by the premier pictorial historian of the American Indian in the nineteenth century. A career U. S. Army officer assigned to frontier duty, Eastman preserved a visual record of Native American life, which was then undergoing rapid change. Hardcover.

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Subscription to
Ramsey County History
Ramsey County History,
the award winning quarterly magazine published by the Ramsey County Historical Society, is filled with wonderful stories, photos and maps reflecting our lives and culture. For people interested in the history of St. Paul and Ramsey County, this magazine is essential.

The best and most cost effective way to get this publication is to become a member of the the Ramsey County Historical Society.
The magazine is a benefit of membership along with free admission to the Gibbs Museum.

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"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.

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RAMSEY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
323 Landmark Center, 75 West Fifth Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102    
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