Minnesota Historical Society

Swede Hollow Tales CD

$ 10.00

This collection of songs and stories recounts the memories of Joe and Mike Sanchelli, two men who were determined not to lose the precious memories of their childhood home, Swede Hollow, in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

All stories were collected and written by Nancy Sanchelli Guertin from the memories of former Swede Hollow residents, and performed by Nancy Sanchelli Guertin, Gerry Hurd, Sara Renner, Mark Stillman, Angelo Rulli, and Joe Sanchelli.Recorded at St. Paul Brewing (formerly Flat Earth Brewery) on November 25, 2018.

Throughout its history the Hollow was a melting pot of nationalities. It was home to many of the first Swedish, Polish, Italian, and Latino immigrants who came to St. Paul. While the names of residents changed, the spirit of community remained. Swede Hollow gave immigrants a chance to transition into American society together while retaining the values and traditions of their homelands.On December 11, 1956, the thirteen remaining houses were burned and the neighborhood of Swede Hollow was no more. 

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