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Historic Payne Avenue Walking Tour

May 21, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Information about the May 21st Payne Ave Walking Tour

Join labor historian Peter Rachleff for a walking tour of historic Payne Avenue! The tour will focus on the street’s role as a center of immigrant working-class life, from the Swedes, Italians, and Germans of the 19th century to the Hmong, Mexicans, and Salvadorans of the 21st century. The tour precedes the library’s Story Fair celebration, kicking off several months of celebrations in honor of the centennial of Saint Paul’s Carnegie library buildings, including the original Arlington Hills (now the East Side Freedom Library).

The event is free, but tickets are required so please register online.

Tour Guide
The walk is led by Dr. Peter Rachleff who is a labor historian and Macalester professor. Peter and his wife, Dr. Beth Cleary co-founded the East Side Freedom Library.

Please note: Arlington Hills Community Center is closed until the Story Fair at noon. Please meet outside.
10:30: Check-in outside of Arlington Hills Community Center (in the plaza area) – free parking available
10:40 a.m.: Depart Arlington Hills on the 64 bus to the start of the tour at Swede Hollow (bus fare provided)
10:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m.: Walking Tour
12:00 p.m.: Story Fair kicks off (food trucks available)
12-3 p.m.: Story Fair activities – learn more at sppl.org/100.
The tour begins at Swede Hollow and proceeds about 1 1/2 miles to Arlington Hills Community Center, where food trucks and restrooms will be available.


May 21, 2017
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Saint Paul Public Library


Arlington Hills Community Center
1200 Payne Ave
Saint Paul,
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