Maplewood’s first Black mayor is sworn in

Nikylan Knapper, Maplewood’s first African American mayor, was sworn in Tuesday evening outside Maplewood City Hall, joined by her family, and approximately 75 masked supporters watching from the parking lot below.

Maplewood Public Library wins national grant

According to a press release from Maplewood Public Library: it has been selected as one of 517 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and/or rural communities.

Maplewood History: The Incredible and Phenomenal Cupples Products Company

In my previous post about the Air Force Academy Chapel, mostly fabricated at two Maplewood companies, Mississippi Valley Structural Steel and Cupples Products Company, I expressed regret that while researching my first Maplewood history book I had not been able to interview anyone who worked at either of those places. That turned out to be a good thing to mention as it was seen by the son of a man who had worked at Cupples. His name is Robert Myers.

Bob’s charity trash-a-thon update

Maplewood resident Bob Weidenbenner kicked off his trash-a-thon to benefit Joe’s Place, and Cornerstone Center in the Shaw neighborhood last July. He’s raised more than $2500 for the charities so far he reports in an update.