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Upcoming Events

Lillie's Stories:

The History of the Gibbs Farm

Two Mondays: October 2 & 9
2:30–4:00 pm
Gibbs Farm, 2097 Larpenteur Avenue, Saint Paul, MN

This two-session course is offered through the University of Minnesota's OLLI program.  


Much of what we know about the Gibbs Farm is grounded in stories of one of its first residents: Lillie Belle Gibbs. Drawing on historical research and stories from Grasshoppers in My Bed, this course will focus on local history, why it's relevant, and how we tell it.  

Both sessions are at the Gibbs Fam and include a tour of the historic farmhouse. Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Free parking is available off Cleveland Avenue.  


Sammy Nelson (pictured with young visitor), Gibbs Farm director, is a lifelong history lover who creates educational programs for visitors of all ages and backgrounds.


Terry Swanson, author of Grasshoppers in My Bed, is a Minnesota historian who worked in the field of public history for 25 years, first at the American Swedish Institute, followed by ten seasons as program manager and site manager at Gibbs Farm. 

To register, download the Fall 2023 Course Guide here.

  • First, join as a member of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute): see info on page 3.

  • Then register for course #30920, Lillie's Stories: description on page 7. 


Twin Cities Book Festival

Saturday, October 14
10:00 am–5:00 pm
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
Progress Center (north end of fairgrounds)
1615 Randall Avenue, St. Paul, MN

Look for the Ramsey County Historical Society's booth. 
10:00 to noon: Visit with illustrator Peggy Stern
Noon to 2:00:  Visit with author Terry Swanson

At this annual literary showcase, meet local, national, and international authors... see exhibits... and enjoy creative activities for all ages. Details 

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Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar

Thursday, November 30–Saturday, December 2
Landmark Center
75 Fifth Street West, Saint Paul, MN

Meet the creators of Grasshoppers in My Bed (signed copies make great gifts!) and browse other books from Ramsey County Historical Society. Throughout the festive Landmark Center, shop for fine crafts and goodies from local artists and artisans. Details coming soon.

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