Barber’s photos featured in new Bayport history book – Twin Cities

Walt Serier, a longtime barber in Bayport, took photographs of Bayport in 1955, 1960 and 1965 to capture the day-to-day activities of the community.

Book cover
(Courtesy of the Washington County Historical Society)

Author Chris Nelson tracked those photos down and has compiled them in a new book, “Through the Lens of Walt Serier.”

With help from different community members, Nelson, the former lead singer of More-Tishens, was able to identify the people and locations featured in the 660 photos taken by Serier, said Brent Peterson, executive director of the Washington County Historical Society, the book’s publisher.

The book includes a history of Bayport and a chapter on the town’s penchant for nicknames. At one point, it seemed everyone in town had a nickname – a longstanding practice that many say demonstrates how closely knit this small St. Croix River community is.

“Through the Lens of Walt Serier” will be released at an event at Bayport Derby Days from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 17 at Bayport City Hall. The publication coincides with the 100th anniversary of the city being named Bayport, Peterson said.

After Derby Days, the book will be on sale for $25 at the Washington County Heritage Center, 1862 S. Greeley Street, Stillwater, as well as online at www.wchsmn.org.

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