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From Kerry Patch to Dogtown: Tracing the Irish Contributions to St. Louis

Wednesday, March 13

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a deep dive into how the Irish contributed to shaping St. Louis!

Join us as historian Jackie Dana tells stories of influential Irish figures and communities that have left an enduring mark on the city. We’ll explore the legacy of the Mullanphy family, from the entrepreneurial John Mullanphy, who amassed wealth through the cotton trade along the Mississippi, to his son Bryan Mullanphy, whose actions as mayor and philanthropist resonate to this day. We’ll also recount the life of Robert Campbell, the iconic "Mountain Man" turned business magnate, and delve into the vibrant 19th-century Irish enclave known as the Kerry Patch. Along the way, we’ll hear a few stories of notorious Irish gangs like Egan's Rats and the Hogan Gang, and discover the pivotal role the Irish played in coal and clay mining industries, with a special focus on the significance of the Dogtown area. Focusing on the Irish contributions in the 19th and early 20th centuries, this talk will provide a unique perspective on St. Louis's history.

About Jackie Dana: Jackie Dana is the driving force behind Unseen St. Louis—a Substack, meetup group, and history talk series—which explores lesser-known facets of the city's past. With a Master's degree in Irish History from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Jackie possesses a deep appreciation for the Irish influence on St. Louis.

Program is free of charge. Recommended for ages 16+.

Book Club

Thursday, March 14
Print copies available at the Service Desk!

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Regular meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30pm in the Library's meeting room.

Upcoming titles:

April - Maame by Jessica George

May - Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout

June - Lady Tan's Circle of Women by Lisa See

Twists & Turns Book Club

Tuesday, March 5
Print copies available at the Service Desk!

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This book club exclusively for mystery & thrillers is held on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm in the meeting room.

Upcoming titles:

April - We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker

May - The Maidens by Alex Michaelides

June - The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Click here to see a schedule of adult programming coming this spring! 

An objective of Maplewood Public Library's 2023-2026 Strategic Plan is to recognize and engage members of the community who have talents to share with Library patrons. As a part of this objective, we want to provide a venue for community members to present their talents at the Library. If you are interested in presenting a program or class at the Library, please complete this form. A staff member will reach out to you if your program or class is in line with Maplewood Public Library's mission and strategic plan.

Please note: this form is only for community members who would like to share their knowledge and talents with Library visitors at no charge to participants or to the Library. If you are a professional performer seeking compensation to present at Maplewood Public Library, please email info@maplewoodpubliclibrary.org. Maplewood Public Library may provide some or all required materials for the program or class; staff will discuss this with you after reviewing your completed form.

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