Ramsey County History Magazine: Volume 2-1 Spring 1965

Ramsey County History magazine offers a wide variety of articles on the people, places and history of Ramsey County.

Volume 2

Volume 2, Number 1: Spring 1965

Can History Come Alive? In Its Historic Sites, Nation Finds Its Roots
Author: Elmer L. Andersen
The author, a former governor of Minnesota, surveys historic preservation efforts in Minnesota and elsewhere. The loss of Ignatius Donnelly’s house in Nininger is contrasted with the preservation of the Alexander Ramsey House, the Oliver Kelley Farm, and other sites. He urges legislation and improved public awareness. “We must not permit any more of our heritage to be plundered and destroyed.”
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St. Paul’s Stately Old Buildings—Going, Going, Almost Gone
Author: Georgia Ray DeCoster
“American cities are threatened by a steady dilution of historic character and architectural personality …. Therefore, it is time to establish once and for all the economic merits of the case for preserving older buildings ….” The author urges attention to seven Victorian-era buildings in downtown St. Paul: the Guardian Building, the New York Building, the St. Paul Building, the Federal Courts Building, the McColl Building, the Pioneer Building, and the Endicott Building. These buildings and the reasons for their preservation are described.
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A Fateful Decade—The Negroes in Minnesota and the Role They Played
Author: Earl Spangler
The decade was mentioned in the title was 1850–1860. Though African Americans in Minnesota (most of them living in Ramsey County) were few at this time, their presence brought the national issues of race and slavery to the area. The national debate affected the 1856 and 1860 presidential elections in the state, the anti-slavery agitation of Jane Grey Swisshelm, and the drafting of the state constitution in 1858. “By 1858, each state was a microcosm of the nation and Minnesota was no different.”
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