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Upcoming Events

Art in the Hollow

Saturday, June 3, 2023
10:00 am–5:00 pm
Swede Hollow Park, on Saint Paul's East Side
Park at Saint Paul Brewing, 688 Minnehaha Avenue East

Come early! From 10 to noon, author Terry Swanson will sign copies of Grasshoppers in My Bed at the Ramsey County Historical Society's booth.


Then wander and enjoy Swede Hollow Park, which also has stories to tell. For two centuries, waves of immigrants have made this area their home.  Meet dozens of local artists and artisans in East Saint Paul's summer kickoff event.

For details, visit the Art in the Hollow website.


Lillie's Stories:

The History of the Gibbs Farm

Two Fridays: June 16 & 23, 10:00–11:30 am
Gibbs Farm, 2097 Larpenteur Avenue, Saint Paul, MN

This two-session course is offered through the University of Minnesota's OLLI program.  


Much of what we know about the Gibbs Farm is grounded in stories of one of its first residents: Lillie Belle Gibbs. Drawing on historical research and stories from Grasshoppers in My Bed, this course will focus on local history, why it's relevant, and how we tell it.  

Both sessions are at the Gibbs Fam and include a tour of the historic farmhouse. Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Free parking is available off Cleveland Avenue.  The site will be open until 3:00 pm after the June 23 session: bring a lunch, explore the grounds, and learn about the Gibbs family. 


Sammy Nelson (pictured), Gibbs Farm director, is a lifelong history lover who creates educational programs for visitors of all ages and backgrounds.


Terry Swanson, author of Grasshoppers in My Bed, is a Minnesota historian who worked in the field of public history for 25 years, first at the American Swedish Institute, followed by ten seasons as program manager and site manager at Gibbs Farm. 

To enroll in this course, first join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute as a member, then register for course #50071.  For instructions, see page 4 of the OLLI Summer Course Guide: download it here

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