History Revealed

RCHS is excited to offer new programming for adults and families!

History Revealed

Have you ever longed to uncover some of our community’s hidden history?
Wondered how historians and authors research and write the stories of the forgotten past?
Wanted to know the secrets of some of Minnesota’s historic houses?
Discover the stories of the people and places that shaped our community!

Ramsey County Historical Society is excited to offer a new program of presentations and talks by some of our community’s best local history authors, researchers and archaeologists, History Revealed. We offer audiences of all ages a glimpse into the lives and hidden history of some of the people and places that forged our community in a series of free presentations and book talks, with a new series at the Ramsey County Roseville Library. The series will feature a wide range of topics drawn from the heritage and traditions of Ramsey County, with an exciting new presentation each month!

And in all these stories, you’ll learn about the passions, trials and tribulations of researchers, and what it took to uncover and reveal these hidden gems of history.

Watch for more History Revealed programs, including other presentations, tours, and more!

History Revealed Presentations

Presentations begin at 7:00 pm and end at about 8:30 pm.
Please note locations for the talks below.

Presentations are free, and open to all. No reservations needed.

February 23, 2017
Thursday, 7:00 p.m
Roseville Library, 2173 Hamline Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55113-4248
Brian McMahon: The Ford Century in Minnesota
Author and historian Brian McMahon will be discussing how the Ford Motor Company transformed Minnesota and Ramsey County over the past 100 years, detailed in his new book, The Ford Century in Minnesota. Books will be available for signing.

See link for more information.

March 13, 2017
Monday, 7:00 pm
Shoreview Library, 4560 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126
Dr. Jeremy Nienow, Archaeology at Lake Vadnais
Learn more about the early inhabitants of our area as archaeologist Jeremy Nienow presents findings from last summer’s 2016 volunteer archaeological survey around Lake Vadnais with the North Lake Owasso Neighborhood Group. Presentation sponsored by the Shoreview Historical Society.

See link for more information.

March 16, 2017
Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
Roseville Library, 2173 Hamline Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55113-4248
Paul D. Nelson: The Golden Couple: Billy and Nellie Francis
William T. (Billy) and Nellie Francis were “The Golden Couple” in Ramsey County in the 1920’s. They were good-looking, intelligent, talented, ambitious, and successful. Then they went to Africa, and things went terribly wrong.

See link for more information.

April 20, 2017
Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
Roseville Library, 2173 Hamline Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55113-4248
Stephen Osman: Fort Snelling and the Civil War
Stephen Osman discusses the role of Fort Snelling as a major military station in Minnesota during the Civil War, and presents his new book, Fort Snelling and the Civil War, to be released this spring by the Ramsey County Historical Society. Stephen will be available for questions, and to sign books.

This project has been financed in part with funds provided by the State of Minnesota from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society.

See link for more information.

May 16, 2017
Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
Roseville Library, 2173 Hamline Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55113-4248
Jeremy Nienow: Archaeological Leads and Mysteries of Ramsey County
Throughout the years various individuals have reported archaeological finds and sites to professors, archaeologists, the historical society and others. A few of them become “alpha sites” or site leads that archaeologists could one day explore. Join archaeologist Jeremy Nienow as he discusses the alpha sites of Ramsey County, and a potential new program which may take a closer look at some of these.

See link for more information.

June 15, 2017
Thursday, 7:00 pm
Roseville Library, 2173 Hamline Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55113-4248
Steve Trimble: Ethel Stewart & Gibbs Farm: A Unique Adventure

Ethel Hall Stewart was a historian, a preservationist, a community organizer and a force of nature. Author and historian Steve Trimble presents Mrs. Stewart’s work in preserving the Gibbs Farm, founding the Ramsey County Historical Society and her contributions to the history of Ramsey County.

See link for more information.

July 27, 2017
Thursday, 7:00 pm
Roseville Library, 2173 Hamline Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55113-4248
David Page: Aha! Moments in Writing F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota
Working on any book provides plenty of surprising moments for the author. David Page will take a look at the moments when he discovered information that momentarily stunned him during the writing of his new book, F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota. These “Aha” moments may have initially been a revelation, but in hindsight they made perfect sense. Books will be available for purchase.

See link for more information.

August 24, 2017
Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
Roseville Library, 2173 Hamline Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55113-4248
Eileen McCormack: James J. Hill & Family: Early Saint Paul, Early Railroads, Lasting Legacy
The History Revealed August presentation will feature historian and author Eileen MCormack presenting an overview of James J. Hill and how he impacted early Saint Paul and became a national figure in business and transportation. The program will also look at his personal life and that of his wife Mary, and how their son Louis carried on the Hill family legacy in Saint Paul.

See link for more information.

September 28, 2017
Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
Roseville Library, 2173 Hamline Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55113-4248
Krista Finstad Hanson: Minnesota’s Historic House Museums
Join Krista Finstad Hanson for an illustrated talk tracing the history and variety of Minnesota’s historic house museums — from majestic landmarks like Duluth’s Glensheen Mansion and St. Paul’s James J. Hill House, to smaller residences lovingly restored by local communities and historical societies like the Gibbs Farm in Falcon Heights. Following the talk, Hanson will answer questions and sign copies of her book, Minnesota Open House which will be available for purchase.

See link for more information.

October 26, 2017
Thursday, 7:00 pm
Roseville Library, 2173 Hamline Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55113-4248
Paul D. Nelson: Melvin Maas

November 30, 2017
Thursday, 7:00 pm
Roseville Library, 2173 Hamline Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55113-4248
John Watson Milton: For the Good of the Order: Nick Coleman