East Side Freedom Library program to consider Labor Day’s origins

cartoonThe East Side Freedom Library will host “The History of Labor Day,” a free, public event to explore how Labor Day became a holiday, from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 28. The event will feature readings from historic labor speeches, music and solidarity.

The East Side Freedom Library is a new, independent library focused on preserving and promoting the East Side’s history and identity through its collections and public programming. It is housed in the former site of the Arlington Hills branch of the St. Paul Public Library, at 1105 Greenbrier Street.

Click here to read East Side Freedom Library President Peter Rachleff’s essay for The Advocate on the origins of Labor Day as a U.S. holiday. Rachleff is a professor of labor history at Macalester College in St. Paul.

For more information, visit the library’s website.


  1. […] – Peter Rachleff is a professor of history at Macalester College and president of the East Side Freedom Library in St. Paul. The library will host a free, public event on the origins of Labor Day as a U.S. holiday Aug. 28, fr…. […]

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