Immigration: Then & Now Walking Tour 2019


"Immigration Then and Now: From Swede Hollow to Arlington Hills"
June 15, 10:00-11:30 am

​Historian and co-founder of the East Side Freedom Library will lead a 90 minute walking tour which uses Payne Avenue as a spine along which to follow the experiences of such 19th century immigrants as Swedes, Irish, Germans, and Italians, to those of our contemporary neighbors, such as Hmong, Somali, Mexican, and Karen. The tour will explore the political, economic, and cultural forces which prompted emigration from homelands, on the one hand, and the patterns of settlement and organization in St. Paul, on the other. The tour will meet at the East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street. Participants will carpool down to Swede Hollow. The tour will end at the Freedom Library, and participants will be returned to their cars.​

Tour will be outside, and will be a walking tour. Please wear walking shoes and dress for the weather.

​Peter Rachleff taught U.S. History at Macalester College from 1982 to 2014, when he retired to co-found the East Side Freedom Library. ESFL is located in an historic Carnegie Library​ ​which was built in 1917. It has collected more than 20,000 books and materials focused in labor and immigration history, and it shares space with the Hmong Archives.​

Rain date: TBA

Please RSVP by June 13, 4:00 pm to or 651-222-0701, or reserve your ticket here.
Space is limited to 30, reserve today! Tour is first-come, first serve.

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