Previous History Revealed Programs

February 23, 2017
Brian McMahon: The Ford Century in Minnesota
History Revealed Library Series – Roseville Library
Author and historian Brian McMahon discussed 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.
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March 13, 2017
Dr. Jeremy Nienow, Archaeology at Lake Vadnais
History Revealed Library Series – Shoreview Library
Archaeologist Jeremy Nienow presented 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.
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March 16, 2017
Paul D. Nelson: The Golden Couple: Billy and Nellie Francis
History Revealed Library Series – Roseville Library
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.
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April 20, 2017
Stephen Osman: Fort Snelling and the Civil War
History Revealed Library Series – Roseville Library
Stephen Osman discussed the role of Fort Snelling as a major military station in Minnesota during the Civil War, and presented his new book, Fort Snelling and the Civil War, released by the Ramsey County Historical Society. Books are available through RCHS, to purchase Fort Snelling and the Civil War through RCHS, click here.
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May 16, 2017
Jeremy Nienow: Archaeological Leads and Mysteries of Ramsey County
History Revealed Library Series – Roseville Library
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. Archaeologist Jeremy Nienow discussed the alpha sites of Ramsey County, and a potential new program which may take a closer look at some of these.
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June 15, 2017
Steve Trimble: Ethel Stewart & Gibbs Farm: A Unique Adventure
History Revealed Library Series – Roseville Library
Ethel Hall Stewart was a historian, a preservationist, a community organizer and a force of nature. Author and historian Steve Trimble presented Mrs. Stewart’s work in preserving the Gibbs Farm, founding the Ramsey County Historical Society and her contributions to the history of Ramsey County.
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July 27, 2017
David Page: Aha! Moments in Writing F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota
History Revealed Library Series – Roseville Library
Working on any book provides plenty of surprising moments for the author. David Page looked 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.
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August 24, 2017
Eileen McCormack: James J. Hill & Family: Early Saint Paul, Early Railroads, Lasting Legacy
History Revealed Library Series – Roseville Library
The History Revealed August presentation featured 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 also looked at his personal life and that of his wife Mary, and how their son Louis carried on the Hill family legacy in Saint Paul.
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September 21, 2017
John Anfinson: Fountains of Life and Death: The Origins of the Twin Cities Water Supply System
History Revealed Landmark Lunch Series – Landmark Center
Dr. John Anfinson examined the origins of the Minneapolis and St. Paul water supply systems. Unknowingly, the two cities became a human experiment about the consequences of taking our drinking water for granted and of ignoring obvious solutions. Anfinson set the Twin Cities in the context of water supply development in the nation, and reminds us of how far we have come, but we should not forget where our water comes from and what might be in it.
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September 28, 2017
Krista Finstad Hanson: Minnesota’s Historic House Museums
History Revealed Library Series – Roseville Library
Krista Finstad Hanson presented 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.
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October 26, 2017
Paul D. Nelson: Melvin Maas, Saint Paul’s Flying Congressman
History Revealed Library Series – Roseville Library
Melvin Maas served in both world wars, won three combat medals, went blind in middle age, worked many years for America’s handicapped citizens, and told a few tall tales. Oh, yes, and though he was a conservative Republican, he represented St. Paul in Congress throughout the era of the New Deal. Meet the surprising Melvin Maas in this fascinating talk by Paul Nelson.
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November 30, 2017
John Watson Milton: For the Good of the Order: Nick Coleman
History Revealed Library Series – Roseville Library
John Watson Milton will present the story of Nick Coleman, the son of Irish immigrants who became a Minnesota Congressman in the 1970’s. Coleman was instrumental in changing the Minnesota legislative branch and its agenda to a more progressive and respected one.
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January 25, 2018
Greg Brick, Minnesota Caves, History & Lore
History Revealed Library Series – Roseville Library
Minnesota Caves: History and Lore
(Arcadia Publishing, 2017) is Greg’s third book on caves and the first book on this exact topic in 50 years. This powerpoint tour of Greg’s explorations into Minnesota caves highlights the caves with significant narrative history, illustrated with historic images, never before published, from the National Cave Museum in Kentucky. While most of the caves still exist, many are not publicly accessible, and some never did exist except in the minds of explorers.
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February 15, 2018
Steve Werle: The Political Rise, Demise, and Redemption of Harold E. Stassen
History Revealed Library Series – Roseville Library
In ten unsuccessful runs at the U.S. Presidency, Harold Stassen became infamous as a perennial candidate. But his lifetime of achievements, as Minnesota’s “boy governor,” as a war hero, as a founder of the United Nations, as a nationally prominent Republican – are now mostly forgotten. Steve Werle re-introduced us to Harold Stassen, his life, and his legacy in this presentation.
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March 14, 2018
 Mollie Spillman: How to Research Your House
History Revealed Landmark Lunch Series – Landmark Center
RCHS Curator and Archivist Mollie Spillman will show you the resources that can be found in the RCHS collections and in other places, including building permits, plat maps, photos, and more.
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March 22, 2018, Thursday, 7:00 pm – Kim Heikkila, To Bear the Mark: Unwed Motherhood at the Salvation Army’s Booth Memorial Hospital, 1913-1973 (or, History, My Mother, and Me)
History Revealed Library Series
Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113. Free and open to all.
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April 18, 2018
James Marrinan & Bonnie Lindberg, Value: It’s Not Always in the Money! A Look at YOUR Treasured Antiques

History Revealed Landmark Lunch Series
James Marrinan and Bonnie Lindberg looked at the antiques and historic pieces that were brought in helped the owners decipher the history and background of their treasures.
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April 26, 2018
John Diers, 1,100 Streetcars: The Rise and Fall of the Twin City Rapid Transit Company

History Revealed Library Series, Roseville Library
In 1920 for a nickel fare the 1,100 streetcars of the Twin City Rapid Transit Company carried 238 million riders on a 500-mile system that stretched from Lake Minnetonka to the St. Croix River, and had over 4,000 workers. John Diers re-introduced us to one of the finest transit systems ever in existence.
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May 16, 2018
Paul Nelson, Rocky Roots: Walking Tour of the Geology of Downtown Saint Paul
History Revealed Walking Tour
Historian and author Paul Nelson led a one-hour walking tour to discover the geologic “rocky roots” of downtown Saint Paul, visiting several historic buildings, and looking at geologic formations along the way.
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May 24, 2018
Terry Swanson, Elaine Goodale Eastman: Sister to the Sioux in Her Own Words

History Revealed Library Series – Roseville Library
Through autobiographical accounts Terry Swanson examined the life and times of Elaine Goodale Eastman, the first white woman to teach Native American students at South Dakota reservations.
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June 6, 2018
Mark Haidet, Walking Tour of the MN State Fair
History Revealed Walking Tour
State Fair historian Mark Haidet led a fascinating walking tour of the State Fair grounds, with insights on the history, personalities, the buildings and events that have shaped the Minnesota
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June 14, 2018, Thursday, 7:45-9:00 – Tom Schroeder, Bar Hopping through History: Tales of St. Paul’s Early Saloons
History Revealed: A Toast to History
RCHS Day at Waldmann
Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery, 445 Smith Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55102
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June 28, 2018, Thursday, 7:00 pm, Scott Carlson, Twin Cities Beer
History Revealed Library Series
Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113. Free and open to all.
Author Scott Carlson led us on a tour of the history of beer, beer producers and microbrewries in the Twin Cities, with selections from his new book, Twin Cities Beer.
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July 11, 2018, Wednesday, Noon, Peter Rachleff, Immigration Then and Now: From Swede Hollow to Arlington Hills
History Revealed
East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street, Saint Paul, 55106
Peter Rachleff discussed the history of Swede Hollow, and the various immigrant groups that called it home. He also presented how those groups cahnged the history of St. Paul’s East Side. Walking tour will be re-scheduled due to weather.
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July 12, 2018, Thursday, 7:45-9:00 –Paul Nelson, Frederick McGhee
History Revealed: A Toast to History
RCHS Day at Waldmann
Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery, 445 Smith Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Historian and author Paul Nelson gave an overview of Frederick McGhee, one of Minnesota’s earliest African-American leaders.
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July 26, 2018, Thursday, 7:00 pm – Mark Haidet, The Minnesota State Fair During World War I
History Revealed Library Series
Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville MN 55113. Free and open to all.
Historical overview of the role that the State Fair and its grounds played in the lives of soldiers and civilians alike during WWI.
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August 9, 2018, Thursday, 7:45-9:00 – Stephen Osman, Fort Snelling & the Civil War: Daily Lives
History Revealed: A Toast to History
RCHS Day at Waldmann
Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery, 445 Smith Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Stephen Osman, author of Fort Snelling and the Civil War, presented the daily lives of the soldiers and civilians, including hte Native Americans, that were at Fort Snelling during the Civil War.
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August 23, 2018, Thursday, 7:00 pm – Grant Merritt, Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota’s Environment
History Revealed Library Series
Roseville Library, 2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville MN 55113. Free and open to all.
Grant Merrit, environmentalist, author and attorney, talked about his life and work defending Minnesota’s environment, including a number of ground-breaking court cases.
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September 8, 2018, Saturday, 6:00-9:00 pm – Tom Schroeder, Brews in the Barn: Pioneer Beer and Brewing in St. Paul
History Revealed Special Event
Gibbs Farm, 2097 W. Larpenteur Ave, Falcon Heights, MN 55113
Tom Schroeder, proprietor of Waldmann’s Brewery & Wurstery, will be offered a presentation and beer tasting at Gibbs Farm, discussing the styles and techniques of the beers and ales that the pioneers brewed on their farms and small businesses.
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September 12, 2018, Wednesday, noon – Denis P. Gardner, Our Minnesota State Capitol: From Groundbreaking through Restoration
History Revealed Landmark Lunch Series
Landmark Center, 75 Fifth St W, Saint Paul MN 55102
The history and rehabilitation of this iconic building was revealed in a presentation from Denis P. Gardner, Minnesota’s National Register Historian at the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office. Denis will be coming to the Roseville Library on January 24, 2019 to discus the National Register of Historic Places.
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September 13, 2018, Thursday, 7:45-9:00 – Doug Hoverson, The Business & Culture of Beer: From Statehood in 1858 to the Early 1880’s
History Revealed: A Toast to History
RCHS Day at Waldmann
Waldmann Brewery & Wurstery, 445 Smith Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55102
The state of Minnesota and the business and culture of beer underwent many major changes from statehood in 1858 and for the next 25-30 years. Doug Hoverson the author of Land of Amber Waters outlined these changes.
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