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November 2020

[VIRTUAL] Antisemitism in Minneapolis

November 5 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Minneapolis Jews, like their African-American and Japanese-American fellow residents, faced serious discrimination and social exclusion in employment, housing, and some public accommodations. Indeed, one of the leading investigative journalists and essayists of the era, Carey McWilliams, noted in his Common Ground article “Minneapolis: The Curious Twin” (Autumn 1946), “One might even say, with a measure of justification, that Minneapolis is the capitol of anti-Semitism in the United States.” In the next year, led by Mayor Hubert Humphrey and a wide coalition of…

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December 2020

George Elmslie: In the Shadow of Louis Sullivan

December 7 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Richard Kronick will tell the tragic story of George Elmslie, who was Louis Sullivan's chief draftsman from 1894 to 1909. During those years, the firm's commissions were greatly reduced, partly because of the economic depression that began in 1893, and partly because Dankmar Adler, who had been an important source of commissions, left the firm. In response, Sullivan drowned his sorrows in alcohol, and as his drinking became more and more pronounced, Elmslie, who was shy and not a self-starter,…

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