An Enduring Legacy
An outstanding community leader, Ron served many educational and cultural organizations including MHS. He served on the Society's Executive Council for 32 years, and was the Society's president from 1974 until 1977 when the Society celebrated the nation's Bicentennial. Ron was a strong advocate for preservation of our treasured newspaper collection and played an important role in planning the Minnesota History Center and our first-ever capital campaign. Trained as a teacher, Margaret championed education causes with a special interest in reading.
The Hubbs' legacy continues today in the form of a legacy fund established in their names in 1989. At that time they made a gift of $50,000 to create the Ronald and Margaret Hubbs Collections Acquisition Fund. The fund has grown in value, and is now more than $210,000. Since its inception, the Ronald and Margaret Hubbs Fund has provided over $110,000 for the acquisition of historical materials.
Thanks to their Legacy Fund, the Society has acquired many significant maps, rare books, and manuscript collections including David Burr's 1836 map of the Territory of Wisconsin, the Civil War journal of Edward F. Wright, Merwin's Directory of Minneapolis and St. Anthony (1867), and the A. Guthrie & Company's quarterly progress reports documenting the firm's building of the Great Northern Railway's Cascade Tunnel between 1925 and 1929.
Patrick Coleman, the Society's acquisitions librarian, states: "The prices of rare historical items have increased significantly in the past several decades, making it difficult for historical organizations to acquire these materials. We are very fortunate to have dedicated endowment funds like the Ronald and Margaret Hubbs Fund that make it possible for us to acquire items that we consider important to telling the history of Minnesota."
Ron Hubbs passed away in 1996 at the age of 88 and Margaret passed away in 2013, five months shy of her 100th birthday. Their endowed fund will be a lasting legacy of their lives in Minnesota and their belief in the importance of preserving Minnesota's history for the benefit of future generations.