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September 2019

Trench Warfare in Midtown Minneapolis: From Railroad to Greenway

September 30 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Just over a century ago the Minneapolis City Council directed the Milwaukee Railroad Company to construct a trench and 37 bridges for roads spanning the trench (just north of Lake Street between Hennepin and Cedar Avenues). This provided a grade separation of three miles from Hennepin to Cedar Avenues between the railroad and the city's automobile and streetcar traffic. Learn about the controversies surrounding this major civil works project in the early 1900s, the trench and corridor's transitions from industry…

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October 2019

Twin Cities Hard Boiled

October 28 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

James Eli Shiffer, author of The King of Skid Row: John Bacich and the Twilight Years of Old Minneapolis, will visually take us to visit the nucleus of the old Gateway at Hennepin, Nicollet, and Washington Avenues. Though office towers, upscale hotels, and condos abound here, imagine this intersection 60 years earlier where you are surrounded by seedy nightclubs, bars, and flophouses in such filthy, decaying structures that the resident vermin left scathing reviews on Yelp; by individuals sprawled on…

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November 2019

How the Ford Motor Company Transformed Minnesota over the Past 100 Years

November 23 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Author and historian Brian MacMahon will discuss how the Ford Motor Company transformed Minnesota as detailed in his award-winning book, The Ford Century in Minnesota, published by the University of Minnesota Press. The impact of the company will be seen locally, including the introduction of the Model T, the building of the Twin Cities Assembly Plant, cutbacks during the Depression, World War II, women joining the workforce, dealerships on Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street, globalization, the eventual closing of the…

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