Interested in theater, local history, or inspirational community leaders?
Local St. Paul theater, the History Theatre, is producing Not in Our Neighborhood, Oct. 14 – 24. The play shares the story of Nellie and William Francis, residents of St. Paul’s Rondo neighborhood, who had the courage to buy a home in the ‘all-white’ neighborhood of Groveland Park (not too far from Mitchell Hamline’s campus). Although William was a successful lawyer (an MHSL alum!) and prominent figure in the Republican Party, and Nellie was a leader in the Suffragist Movement and responsible for Minnestota’s Anti-Lynching Bill, they found themselves forced to stand tall in the face of ugly, racist protests and KKK-like behavior when they bought the home of their dreams.
Thanks to the generosity of Mitchell Hamline’s President and Dean Emeritus Eric Janus and his wife, Carolyn Chalmers, we have 10 tickets available for students to attend the play on the evening of Friday, October 15, at 7:30pm at the History Theatre in St. Paul. The theater’s COVID-19 protocols are available here. If interested in attending, please email Debbie Shapiro at Debbie.Shapiro@mitchellhamline.edu. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis.