Team Teresita Martinez Vergne
A team for EAST SIDE FREEDOM LIBRARY
"Team Teresita Martinez Vergne" is a team to help the EAST SIDE FREEDOM LIBRARY raise the funds to replace the roof and open the doors.
Join me to help Raise the Roof on the East Side Freedom Library.
Saint Paul's old Arlington Library is a beautiful place for dreamers. No longer a public library; it is becoming the East Side Freedom Library (ESFL).
Story is a major theme of the ESFL, and the telling and gathering of stories, through formal interviews, workshops, and small-scale public performances, will allow local residents and interested publics to learn more about the work and residential histories of the East Side.
One story I want to be able to tell is Teresita's. Teresita Martinez Vergne was a dreamer, and a woman of action. And I am calling on you to join my team to raise funds for the ESFL in her memory.
My friend Teresita Martínez Vergne (1955-2013) was a history professor and a productive and distinguished scholar of Caribbean history. She also worked to help broaden access to higher education for students of all backgrounds. She was a woman of great passion; capable, curious, strong and courageous. She touched many lives with her integrity, love of history, generosity, high standards, and good humor.
You can help me bring Teresita's story to life by contributing to team Teresita. Or maybe you would like to share another story. Those who contribute at the $100 level will be able to place a name in the inaugural records of the library, along with the story of how that person impacted the mission of the East Side Freedom Library; whatever makes history for you can be part of the permanent collection of the ESFL. The names of those people or stories will be rendered in art for the library in addition to being added to the collection.
Contributions will be used to replace the roof and renovate, and will be matched by a Saint Paul STAR grant if the application is approved.
Whatever level you choose to contribute, it all makes a huge difference to bringing the ESFL to life. If you happen to choose to contribute $500 or more you will be invited to join the ESFL founders at the head table at the grand opening of the library, in addition to contributing a story to the collection.
The East Side Freedom Library’s mission is to preserve and promote knowledge about the East Side – its history, residents and institutions – through educational collections and programs. The ESFL is located in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota. Its facility will house non-circulating research collections that appeal to interested general learners as well as scholars, with innovative databases and finding aids that make using the collections fun and vital. Story is a major theme of the ESFL, and the telling and gathering of stories, through formal interviews, workshops, and small-scale public performances, will allow local residents and interested publics to learn more about the work and residential histories of the East Side.