Ramsey County History magazine offers a wide variety of articles on the people, places and history of Ramsey County.
Volume 28, Number 4: Winter 1994
Giesen’s: Costumers to St. Paul’s Families and Festivals—1872–1970
Author: Virginia L. Martin
Out of the heavily German culture of St. Paul’s early decades grew Giesen’s, which for a time was one of the biggest commercial costume businesses in the country. The founder, Maria Giesen, ran it until 1903: her daughter-in-law, Olga, until 1960. They supplied costumes for countless music and theater performances, dances and parties for high society and regular folks, and the Winter Carnival. It lasted almost a century. This is the story of a glamorous and forgotten St. Paul institution.
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Growing Up in St. Paul: A Grandchild’s Journey into a Swedish Past
Author: John W. Larson
An exceedingly amusing and well-written memoir of the author’s childhood and the mysteries surrounding his Swedish immigrant forebears.
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What’s Historic About This Site? The House Peder Foss Built—New Brighton, 1896
Norwegian immigrant Peder Foss built the largest and most intact Victorian residence in New Brighton in 1896.
PDF of Historic Site
Peg Meier, Too Hot, Went To Lake (Minneapolis: Neighbors Publishing, 1993).
Craig Johnson, James J. Hill House (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1993).
Roger Barr, The Treasure Hunt (St. Paul: Medallion Press, 1993).
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