New ornament to be placed on county history center’s holiday tree

The city of Ramsey will present an ornament for the Anoka County Historical Society’s holiday tree the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Anoka County History Center.

There will be a short program about the Christmas truce of World War I following the presentation of the ornament.

Since 1997, ACHS has received unique ornaments from the county’s cities and townships that represent the history of that given community.

These ornaments hang on the tree in the lobby of the history center.

This year’s ornament will be presented to ACHS by Ramsey Councilmember Jeff Tossey. It will be designed by Jean Marie & Co., a Ramsey business.

While the actual ornament will not be seen until the event, it is known that Jean Marie will focus on the history of the District 28 brick schoolhouse that also served as Ramsey’s town hall for a time.

Following the presentation, ACHS Program Manager Vickie Wendel will provide a brief program on the history of the Christmas truce that occurred in 1914.

The unofficial cease fire between German and British troops was widespread.

After the presentation, attendees will be able to tour the history center gallery, which includes the exhibit Safe For Democracy: A Closer Look at Anoka County During World War I.

The gallery, which opened in 2010, is scheduled to close after the first of the year to make room for an exhibit that examines Anoka County’s role in the Civil War.

The Anoka County Historical Society, organized in 1934, is headquartered in the Anoka County History Center and Library at 2135 Third Ave. N. in Anoka.

For more information on its programs and activities please visit

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