Carrying the Mummy
After his family’s move to St. Paul’s East Side in 1954, George Peterson’s interest in science lands him a part-time job at the St. Paul Science Museum. His years at the museum, and especially his interactions with the broad spectrum of people he meets there, serve as a crucial part of his adolescent development.
During this time he also attends Cleveland and Hazel Park junior highs before moving on to Johnson High School, and it is at the latter that he experiences the first stirrings of 1950’s romantic love.
As in the author’s earlier book, Of Snapping Turtles and Packing Plants, Carrying the Mummy combines creative nonfiction and memoir, humor, and cultural observation. The “historical notes” that appear throughout the book will bring back memories for many readers and provide new insights
into St. Paul’s history for others.
Of Snapping Turtles and Packing Plants
George Peterson grows up in South St. Paul, Minnesota, in the 1940s and early 1950s. His struggles with his father, recently returned from WWII, leads him to a more generalized rebellion against his father, schools, piano teachers, and the prevailing social norms of the era. Included among his childhood heroes is the notorious bank robber and prison escape artist Willie “The Actor” Sutton. At the same time, George’s mother and grandfather provide critical counterbalances to this pattern of rebellion. Combining fiction and memoir, humor and cultural observation, Of Snapping Turtles and Packing Plants, paints an engaging portrait of its time and place.