“Untold Stories” labor history series continues in St. Paul, adds John Nichols on the Wisconsin uprising


This spring marks one year since the massive labor protests that rocked Madison, Wisconsin in defense of collective bargaining rights. The “Untold Stories” labor history series has added an event with author John Nichols, who has just published Uprising: How Wisconsin Renewed the Politics of Protest, from Madison to Wall Street. Nichols will speak Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Carpenters Union Hall, 730 Olive Street, St. Paul.

The event is free and open to the public.

Nichols is a writer for The Nation and lives in Madison, which gave him first-hand experience at the protests — not just as a journalist, but also as a speaker.

In Uprising, Nichols maintains that the massive protests didn’t just happen. They came about because the workers, students, farmers and so many other citizens of Wisconsin knew their legacy and knew what democracy demands.

The evening with John Nichols is part of  the 14th annual “Untold Stories” labor history series, presented by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library. “Labor and Place” is the theme of year’s series, which runs through May 21.

All events in the “Untold Stories” series are free and open to the public.

For a complete schedule of “Untold Stories” events and for more information, visit www.thefriends.org.

Here is a preview of remaining “Untold Stories” events:

  • “Living the Revolution: Italian Immigrant Women’s Anarchist Feminism in Early Twentieth Century New York City,” Tuesday, May 1, 12 noon, 120 Elmer Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave S., Minneapolis. The Immigration History Research Center presents Jennifer Guglielmo, of Smith College, followed by a reading from the works (in Italian and in translation) of anarchist poet Virgilia D’Andrea.
  • “Workplaces: Readings and Chorus,” Tuesday, May 1, 7:00 p.m., Rondo Community Outreach Library, 461 North Dale Street, St. Paul
    Join the Twin Cities Labor Chorus and guest readers for selections from several different works exploring labor and place, including Charles Walker’s American City (a contemporary account of the 1934 Teamsters strike in Minneapolis), Candacy Taylor’s Counter Culture, Alice Sickels’ Around the World in St. Paul, and more.
  • “Czechs and Paychecks: Working-class History of West 7th,” Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 p.m., CSPS Hall, 383 Michigan Street, St. Paul. Hear the voices and stories of Czech workers and their families from St. Paul’s West 7th neighborhood, including acclaimed author Patricia Hampl (The Florist’s Daughter); Joe Landsberger, Sokol Archivist at CSPS, St. Paul; and labor historians Dave Riehle and John Sielaff discussing John Rachac, a carpenter on the Capitol building project, and more.
  • “Are You Now or Have You Ever Been…” Post-play discussion, Wednesday, May 9, Guthrie Theater, 818 So. 2nd St., Minneapolis. Join playwright Carlyle Brown for a post-show discussion of his new play running through May 20. The year is 1953 in the Harlem apartment of African-American writer Langston Hughes on the night prior to his appearance at the McCarthy hearings. Find out more about the play and get tickets at www.guthrietheater.org. Contact The Friends at 651-222-3242 for information on a discount offer for this performance.
  • “Culture and Class in Post-War Milwaukee,” Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 p.m., St. Anthony Park Branch Library, 2245 Como Avenue, St. Paul
    St. Olaf College professor Eric Fure-Slocum discusses his forthcoming book, Postwar Democracy: How Growth and Working-Class Politics Reshaped a 1940s City.
  • “Ghost Trails and Places: Looking for the Lost Native American Footprint in St. Paul,” Saturday, May 19, 2:00 p.m. Rice Street Branch Library, 1011 Rice Street, St Paul. Labor historian Dave Riehle’s annual bus tour commemorates the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota war. Space is limited, so please call The Friends at 651-222-3242 to reserve your seat on the bus.
  • “Counter Culture with Candacy Taylor,” Monday, May 21, 7:00 p.m.
    Metropolitan State University Library, Ecolab Room, 645 E. Seventh St., St. Paul. Celebrate National Waitress Day with a special multi-media lecture by Candacy Taylor, author of Counter Culture: The American Coffee Shop Waitress, which profiles waitresses aged 50 and older who have been working in neighborhood diners throughout the United States.