Join Laura Waterman Wittstock as she talks with Harvey Winje about the history of the Phillips Neighborhood, KFAI’s neighbor and home to a large American Indian population. The area of the Phillips Neighborhood began as Indian land but as settlers moved in and Indian families were pushed out, Philips became a welcoming point for newly arriving immigrant families, which in the late 20th Century meant, Hmong, Vietnamese, Somali, other Asian and African groups. Indian people never completely left Phillips. Once rail, bus, and automobile transportation became available, Indians began moving back and forth from reservations to Phillips and back. Harvey has many, many stories to share about his newspaper, The Alley, and the history of the area.
Harvey Winje is a first generation born American, albeit not until his 1940 birth in the community named in the 1960’s for the abolitionist Wendell Phillips. He serves as the stipend-paid editor of The Alley Newspaper, a 42 year old monthly newspaper of the Phillips Community. He is a carpenter, small business owner, great-grandfather, and an inveterate keeper of history and building parts. He has tried, with mixed results and his own self-doubts, to bring seven years of post high school philosophy, history, and religious academic book learning back to his home community. Harvey has taken his carpentry skills gleaned from his father and older brothers and adapted them to building design & construction management on buildings like the Bailey Building home of KFAI, the KFAI Studio itself, and the Cedar. His long love of community building has been demonstrated in helping to preserve The Alley Newspaper and advocating for the still relevant words of Wendell and Ann Phillips.