About the Project

The Hamline Village History Project (HVHP) is an ongoing collaborative public history project focused on the early history of the Hamline neighborhood. We are a loose affiliation of people and organizations, including the Hamline-Midway History Corps, Hamline University, and a variety of local history enthusiasts, genealogists, and architectural historians. Our goals include helping develop our neighborhood identity through a better understanding of local history and providing educational opportunities for students and interested members of our community through direct participation in excavations and other research.

Students from Hamline University's 2016 Excavating Hamline History course, and Professor Brian Hoffman, at the 830 Simpson Avenue site.

Hamline Village

One hundred and fifty years ago, Hamline Village was a lonely train station on the edge of the prairie. During the 1880s and 1890s the dirt trails, farm fields, wetlands, and wood lots surrounding Hamline campus were replaced by houses, city streets, churches, stores, a fire hall and a post office. Two decades later, Hamline Village was no more. Instead there was a rapidly evolving St. Paul neighborhood. Much of this neighborhood history is preserved in the landscape and buildings, the documents and photographs found in archives, and the oral traditions and memories of the people who live here.

Dig into Local History!

Saturday, October 15th, 2016; 10:00am-2:00pm

Join the Hamline Village History Project for this exciting collaboration with the Hamline University Department of Anthropology, as we uncover the remnants of an early neighborhood house built in the 1880s.

  • Learn about the Simpson Avenue House—a 19th Century homestead on Hamline’s campus—and over 100 years of history on the surrounding area.
  • Join faculty, students, and neighborhood history buffs in unearthing the site.
  • Get hands-on experience at an historic excavation!

Contact Us!

Interested in the history of your neighborhood?

Hoping to volunteer on our next open dig?

Want to learn more about the archaeology of your own backyard?

Have an artifact or story you'd like to share?

Say hello@hamlinevillage.org!