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To discover, collect, preserve, communicate, and interpret the history of Ramsey County for the general public; recreate the historical context in which we live and work, and make available the historical resources off the county.
The two primary programs of the Society are the Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life and the quarterly magazine, Ramsey County History, which features local history. The Gibbs Museum, open May 1 through October 31, compares the lives of 19th century Minnesota pioneers with those of the Dakota, who lived in the area prior to the arrival of europeans. The museums Pioneer Tour visits the Gibbs Family farmhouse; a replica dugout "soddy" where Jane and Heman Gibbs lived for five years; a pioneer garden; a one-room schoolhouse, and a barn with farm animals. The Museum's Dakota Tour visits tipt; a replica Dakota bark lodge; an area of tall grass prairie; and a traditional native american garden. The Society's research library is located in Landmark Center and open to the public 9 to 5 Monday through Friday. The Society's downtown exhibit space in the north lobby of the Landmark Center has temporary exhibits throughout the year, in addition to the permanent exhibit of Henry Bosse's photographs of the Mississippi, taken between 1883 to 1901. The North Lobby exhibit space can be visited Monday through Sunday during Landmark Center's open hours.
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