Ramsey County History magazine offers a wide variety of articles on the people, places and history of Ramsey County.
Volume 29, Number 1: Spring 1994
The ‘Fighting Saint’—The U.S.S. St. Paul and Its Minnesota Connection
Author: Tom Bolan
The last shot of World War II from a U.S. warship was fired from the U.S.S. St. Paul, a heavy cruiser known as the “Fighting Saint.” This article recounts the combat record of the ship at the end of World War II and its service in later conflicts including the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The author uses the recollections of crew members of the St. Paul who were from Minnesota to show the cruiser’s connections to its namesake city.
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D-Day Remembered by Seven Who Were There
Author: Virginia Brainard Kunz
This article consists of excerpts from interviews with seven men from the St. Paul area who were among the many British and American soldiers, sailors, and airmen who fought the Germans at Normandy in France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Those interviewed were William D. Bowell, Robert T. Carr, Russell W. Anderson, Arlo H. Knowles, William A. Davies, Edward Berg, and Robert T. Alberg.
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The Harlem Renaissance: ‘An Age of Miracles, Excess, Satire’
Author: John S. Wright
This is an insightful summary of the Manhattan Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. It concentrates on the African-American contributions in music, literature, and the visual arts and ties them in with a touring exhibit titled “A Stronger Soul Within a Finer Frame: Portraying African-Americans in the Black Renaissance.”
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Growing Up in St. Paul: Yankeedom: Goal of the 19th Century Immigrant
Author: John W. Larson
The author’s fond recollections of his Swedish grandparents who when they reminisced would never talk about Sweden and whose ideal was to become a Yankee. In researching his family’s origins in Sweden and their early history in St. Paul, he discovers how so much of their lives was directed toward ensuring that their children would have all the advantages of being Americans.
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Virginia Brainard Kunz, Where the Doors Never Close: The Story of St. Paul’s Union Gospel Mission (St. Paul: Union Gospel Mission, 1993).
Charles A. Lindbergh, The Spirit of St. Louis, with a new introduction by Reeve Lindbergh (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1993).
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