In the late 1800s, St. Paul residents were grappling with an issue still familiar today: How do we deal with the people and businesses that essentially sell sex? Do we police certain things? Or outlaw everything completely? In 1881, some folks living in Irvine Park felt that the soul of the city was at stake, so they formed a committee bent on driving out the red-light district of the area. Meanwhile, others advocated for their locally run adult businesses. If you’re up on modern-day debates on this very topic, you might just experience a bit of déjà vu at this talk, which will reconstruct history using newspapers and court records from the era. Meet the major players of the anti-vice committee, as well as entrepreneurial madams like Nina Clifford and Maggie Morse. There will be a cash bar at this discussion, which is an 18+ event.