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From Then to Now: Immigration and the (Re)Making of Saint Paul’s East Side

July 9, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm

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Co-organized between the Immigrations History Research Center and The East Side Freedom Library, this half-day event examines the role of immigration in the making and remaking St Paul’s East Side over the last 150 years. The event includes a walking tour of Payne Avenue. Starting at Swede Hollow, the tour focuses on the street’s roles as a center of immigrant life, from the Swedish, Italian, and German immigrants of the 19th century, to the Hmong, Mexican, and Salvadoran immigrants of the 21st century. The tour ends at the tour ends at the East Side Freedom Library and is followed by a round table discussion, “A Taste of the Global Midwest: Immigrant Chefs of the East Side of Saint Paul.” Local immigrant chefs and scholars will explore the historic and contemporary relationships to immigration and food within the community. Guests can sample dishes prepared by neighborhood chefs.

We will meet at the East Side Freedom Library at 9:30am. A shuttle to Swede Hollow (approximately 1.5 miles away) will be provided. The walking tour will last about 2 hours.

* The registration for this event is now full. If your would like to be added to the waiting list, please let us know at info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org. We have also added a second walking tour on Saturday, July 23, though without the food and panel of chefs. Space is limited, so, if you are interested, please let us know.


July 9, 2016
9:30 am - 2:00 pm
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East Side Freedom Library


East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106
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