Through May 22: ‘Untold Stories’ labor history series offers lectures, films, tours


The annual “Untold Stories” labor history series, now in its 13th year, offers lectures, films, tours and other events running from  March 27 through May 22.

The free 12-event series is sponsored by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library.

For a complete schedule of “Untold Stories” events and more information, visit

Here is a preview of five of the 12 events in this year’s series:

  • “A Renegade History of the United States” with Thaddeus Russell, Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 p.m., Presidents Room, Coffman Union, University of Minnesota, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis.
  • “Working Words” with M.L. Liebler, Thursday, April 14, 7:00 p.m., Weyerhaeuser Chapel, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul. Readings from an anthology of fiction, memoir and poetry written by workers.
  • “In Our Own Words: Readings and Songs,” Tuesday, May 10, 7:00 p.m., UAW Union Hall, 2191 Ford Parkway, St. Paul. The Twin Cities Labor Chorus and guest readers present musical selections and literary excerpts, including poetry written by members of UAW Local 879 in response to the closing of the St. Paul Ford Plant.
  • “More than Meets the Ear” with Julie Ayer, Wednesday, May 11, 7:00 p.m., Merriam Park Branch Library, 1831 Marshall Ave., St. Paul. A violinist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Ayer discusses her book chronicling the rise of the union movement in the nation’s symphony orchestras.
  • “Who Built  the Capitol?” Saturday, May 14, 2:00 p.m., Workers Memorial Garden, Minnesota State Capitol Grounds. Tour the Capitol and grounds with Randy Croce and Dave Riehle, who are researching and preparing a video documentary about the construction of the Minnesota State Capitol between 1896 and 1907.