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April 2020

I-35W: Community Impact

April 23 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
St. John’s Episcopal Church, Linden Hills, 4201 Sheridan Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55410 United States
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I-35 begins in Laredo, Texas and ends in Duluth, Minnesota, splitting into east and west legs twice: at Dallas/Fort Worth and at Minneapolis/Saint Paul. The stretch of I-35W through South Minneapolis is the focus of this presentation by University of Minnesota historians Greg Donofrio and Denise Pike. Much has been written about the destruction of Rondo Avenue for I-94, but no one has told the story of I-35W’s effects on the Southside communities -- until now.

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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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