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July 2020

Walking Tour: Third Wave of Linden Hills Development

July 15 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

We are in a new era in which any property in the neighborhood is a potential site for new construction, up to three units per lot. We will view recently-built examples alongside houses from the late 19th century through what was presumed to be the full “build-out” of Linden Hills in the 20th century. What has influenced development and how has the neighborhood's character evolved? First Wave was initial land claims, development schemes, and early residents through self-identity as a…

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August 2020

Women’s Right to Vote with a Minneapolis Perspective

August 24 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

In 1919, the Minnesota Legislature recognized women's right to vote in presidential elections. And in 1920, after the U.S. Legislature passed the 19th Amendment and two-thirds of the states ratified the amendment, women gained the right to vote. This right to vote took decades of discussion, protest, and persuasion. Historian Linda Lounsbury will examine the Women's Suffrage Movement, the Women's Right to Vote focusing on the local scene, and leaders including Linden Hills' Clara Ueland.

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October 2020

Closing Time

October 1 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Authors and historians, Andy Sturdevant and Bill Lindeke, will take us on an entertaining journey into the highs, lows, bright spots, and dark corners of the Twin Cities' most famous and infamous drinking establishments —- history viewed from the barstool.

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November 2020

Anti-Semitism in Minneapolis

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

Decades ago, Jews in the Upper Midwest were excluded from much of American life. Many employers would not hire Jews, some communities were closed to Jews, and even some restaurants wouldn’t serve Jews. In fact, notable essayist Carey McWilliams proclaimed in 1946, "Minneapolis is the capitol of anti-Semitism in the United States. In almost every walk of life, 'an iron curtain' separates Jews from non-Jews in Minneapolis." Groups whose sole purpose was anti-Semitism abounded in the 1930s and '40s. Steve…

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December 2020

George Elmslie: In the Shadow of Louis Sullivan

December 5 @ 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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