Explore the History of Saint Paul's East Side

Date: Apr 14th, 2011

Explore the History of Saint Paul's East Side at Saint Paul Public Library in April and May

Saint Paul, Minn. - Saint Paul Public Library presents East Side Story: History of a Saint Paul Neighborhood, a series of four programs highlighting the history of Saint Paul's East Side.

The series begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, at Hayden Heights Library, when John DuFresne from the College of Visual Arts in Saint Paul presents "Branding the Hamm's Brewery." Using photographs, advertising images and entertaining stories, DuFresne will share the story of Saint Paul's well-known East Side brewery. "Branding the Hamm's Brewery" takes place at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 30, at Hayden Heights Library, 1456 White Bear Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55106, 651-793-3934.

The series continues at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Sun Ray Library, when local historian Steven C. Trimble presents "3M and St. Paul's Eastside." This program provides insight into the early beginnings of 3M Company and its importance to the people of Saint Paul and Minnesota. "3M and St. Paul's Eastside" takes place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55119, 651-501-6300.

At 1 p.m., Saturday, May 14, at Dayton's Bluff Library, historian Steve Trimble presents "The Industrial Muscle of the City: St. Paul's Eastside." The program will explore St. Paul's East Side and its legacy as the industrial muscle of the city, especially in the 1940s and 1950s. Trimble will take a look at the working class neighborhoods and the large companies, including 3M, Hamm's Brewery, and Seeger/Whirlpool, that made the Eastside their home. "The Industrial Muscle of the City: St. Paul's Eastside" will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 14, at Dayton's Bluff Library, 645 East 7th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106, 651-793-1699.

In the final program of the series, St. Paul's House Detective Jim Sazevich presents "St. Paul's Significant Buildings of the Territorial and Civil War Era" at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, at Central Library. Sazevich will discuss what Saint Paul looked like just before and during the Civil War, including the major buildings, neighborhoods, where Saint Paul residents shopped, worked, attended school and worshiped, as well as were they were buried. He'll also cover which St. Paul buildings have survived from that period. Join us for an interesting look back at our capital city during the 1850s and 1860s. "St. Paul's Significant Buildings of the Territorial and Civil War Era" will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21, at Saint Paul's Central Library, 90 W. 4th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102, 651-266-7000.
East Side Story: History of a Saint Paul Neighborhood is funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information about the Saint Paul Public Library and events, please visit www.sppl.org.

Contact: Therese Scherbel, 651-266-7048, or Sheree Savage, 651-266-7029