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File #: RES 22-1303    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 8/24/2022
Title: Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Hamline Church Dining Hall at the Minnesota State Fair.
Sponsors: Amy Brendmoen, Mitra Jalali, Chris Tolbert

Title

Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Hamline Church Dining Hall at the Minnesota State Fair.

Body

WHEREAS, the Hamline Methodist Episcopal Church has served the Midway neighborhood as a local faith community since its first church service on the Hamline University campus in 1880; and

WHEREAS, the Hamline Methodist Episcopal Church Ladies Aid Society sought ways to raise money for the congregation’s own building; and

WHEREAS, the Hamline Methodist Episcopal Church Ladies Aid Society in 1897 opened a modest food stand at the Minnesota State Fair; and

WHEREAS, the women sold sandwiches and lemonade to provide financial support for the church; and

WHEREAS, the effort by women to support their church financially began a tradition that continues today - a tradition that generations of church members and friends have taken part in; and

WHEREAS, the dining hall has continued through two world wars, the Great Depression, the 1940s polio epidemic and the recent COVID-19 pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the dining hall continues to provide good food and fellowship, even though white linen cloths and vases of fresh flowers no longer grace the tables and mischievous children no longer throw apples at fairgoers from the building loft; and

WHEREAS, the dining hall has become the oldest continuously operated food service establishment at the fair today and is a traditional stop for many fairgoers; and

WHEREAS, the dining hall proceeds have supported Saint Paul nonprofits including Keystone Community Center and Emma Norton Services; now

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Thursday, August 25 is declared Hamline Church Dining Hall Day in the City of Saint Paul.

 

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