Black and white photograph of Lafayette School, corner of Kentucky and Fenton, the only public school in the Flats, c.1921.

Lafayette School, corner of Kentucky and Fento

Lafayette School, corner of Kentucky and Fenton, the only public school in the Flats, c.1921.

Black and white photograph of Lafayette School, 1917

Lafayette School

Lafayette School, 1917. Image from Aronovici, Carol. Housing Conditions in the City of Saint Paul. St. Paul: Amherst H. Wilder Charity, 1917, 80

Smith, Alice Gustava (Sister Maris Stella) (1899–1987)

Alice Gustava Smith, better known by her students and readers as Sister Maris Stella, taught English at the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University) in St. Paul for nearly fifty years. During that time she also published books of verse that built her reputation as a skilled and spiritual poet.

Black and white photograph of Dr. George Jacob Gordon, founder of the Minneapolis Talmud Torah and instructor in therapeutics and obstetrics at Hamlin University, c.1935.

Dr. George Jacob Gordon

Dr. George Jacob Gordon, founder of the Minneapolis Talmud Torah and instructor in therapeutics and obstetrics at Hamlin University, c.1935.

Black and white photograph of the interior of the Minneapolis Talmud Torah at 1616 Queen Avenue North in Minneapolis, 1951. Photograph by the Minneapolis Star Journal Tribune.

Minneapolis Talmud Torah interior

Interior of the Minneapolis Talmud Torah at 1616 Queen Avenue North in Minneapolis, 1951. Photograph by the Minneapolis Star Journal Tribune.

Labor Lyceum and Workmen’s Circle

A small, committed group of Jewish immigrants raised the funds needed to build the Labor Lyceum at 1426 Sixth Avenue North in Minneapolis in 1915. The two-story brick and stucco building was a hub for radical Jewish cultural, political, and social activities for the next thirty-five years.

Black and white photograph of the St. Paul Talmud Torah Nursery School graduating class of ca. 1950.

St. Paul Talmud Torah Nursery School graduation

St. Paul Talmud Torah Nursery School graduating class, ca.1950.

Black and white photograph of young men and women of the 1935 graduating class of the St. Paul Talmud Torah. Max Gordon, the director of the Talmud Torah, is seated at the center of the front row.

1935 graduating class of the St. Paul Talmud Torah

Young men and women of the 1935 graduating class of the S.t Paul Talmud Torah. Max Gordon, the director of the Talmud Torah, is seated at the center of the front row.

Black and white photograph of students at the St. Paul Talmud Torah, 1930.

Students at the St. Paul Talmud Torah

Students at the St. Paul Talmud Torah, 1930.

Talmud Torah, St. Paul

Three Hebrew schools were founded in St. Paul between 1880 and 1920—the era of peak Jewish immigration to the city. Each had its own constituency and neighborhood. After much negotiation, they joined forces in 1956 and took the name Talmud Torah of St. Paul.

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