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History Revealed: Peoples Library
July 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ramsey County Historical Society Presents
Greg Gaut, Reinventing the Peoples Library
History Revealed Series
July 18, 2019
Thursday, 7:00 pm
East Side Freedom Library
Free and open to all. No reservations needed.
Join RCHS for History Revealed, our program series featuring presentations and tours from the best of local historians, authors and archaeologists, with a wide range of topics drawn from the heritage and traditions of Ramsey County.
Author Greg Gaut will present his new book, Reinventing the People’s Library, which traces the history of the Arlington Hills Library, one of three Carnegie Libraries in Saint Paul, and its reinvention as the East Side Freedom Library. More than the history of a building, the book is the story of the East Side community, the history of immigration in Saint Paul, and the role that libraries have played in the development of Minnesota.
Greg Gaut earned his doctorate from the University of Minnesota and taught history at St. Mary’s University in Winona until his retirement in 2011. Since then he has focused on historic preservation, preparing nominations for the National Register of Historic Places and for landmark status under local preservation ordinances. He has written articles for Minnesota History magazine and has twice won the David Gebhard Award for best article on Minnesota’s built environment. He has also written Laird’s Legacy: A History of the Winona Public Library.