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October 2015

Tour of Bell Museum’s Historic Dioramas with Sue Leaf

October 10, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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Ornithologist Thomas Sadler Roberts dedicated himself to the Bell Museum, which opened in 1940. He was passionate about the museum’s dioramas and recruited prominent wildlife artists to ensure that the natural settings, animals, and birds were accurately portrayed. Author Sue Leaf will lead an intimate tour of the Bell Museum. Enjoy this lovely Art Deco building and its dioramas before they are dismantled for the move to a new building in St. Paul. We will be carpooling to the museum.…

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July 2016

Walking Tour: Linden Hills Personalities

July 7, 2016 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Explore sites associated with individuals who shaped the character of the 1900s streetcar village, including pavilion manager A. O. Hoyt, realtor Pauline Littel, librarian Edith Frost, and grocers Robert and Roy Hawkinson. Led by Peter Sussman. Meet in front of 4290 Queen Ave. S. (Linden Hills Blvd. and Queen).

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June 2017

History of Lilac Way and the Beehive Parks

June 10, 2017 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
St. Louis Park Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Dr.
St. Louis Park, MN United States
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Highway 100 originated as a New Deal project in the 1930s. The idea to have small parks along the route became popular, and citizens contributed funds for lilac plants. Seven parks along "Lilac Way" featured picnic tables and distinctive fireplaces called beehives. Kathy Johnson of the St. Louis Park Historical Society will tell the story of the road’s rich history. We'll enjoy one of the remaining beehive parks, Lilac Park, with a boxed lunch option. Carpooling will be available.

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July 2017

Walking Tour of Western Linden Hills

July 19, 2017 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
44th & Beard, 3500 W. 44th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55410 United States
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Peter Sussman will lead a tour from Zenith Avenue to France Avenue tracing the Grimes family's 1880s model community of Waveland, including the first Lake Harriet School, as well as growth related to the 1905 streetcar extension along 44th Street to Morningside. The tour will start from the northwest corner of 44th and Beard (the park-like space kitty-corner from Turtle Bread).

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August 2017

Lyndale Park and the Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Minneapolis

August 15, 2017 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Roberts Bird Sanctuary parking lot, 4124 Roseway Rd.
Minneapolis, MN United States
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This event was originally scheduled for August 9, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather. Following the 1981 tornado through southwest Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board refurbished the 1929 rock garden which is now the Peace Garden. The Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Minneapolis (MWGCM) donated and planted trees and helped re-design the park's arboretum. They continue to work with its native and mixed border gardens. Join us for a walking tour of these Lyndale Park gardens…

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April 2018

U.S. Bank Stadium

April 21, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
U.S. Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Avenue
Minneapolis, MN United States
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What vessel has docked in the eastern edge of Downtown Minneapolis, near the bend in the Mississippi River? A Viking longship? A tricked-out Jawa Sandcrawler? Or US Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings? Join us for a "special event" private group tour of this amazing facility, plus learn how its design was influenced by the region’s Scandinavian history and natural resources. Tour limited to a maximum of 20 persons. Tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 21, at 10:00…

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July 2018

Exploring the Corner of 43rd and Upton

July 21, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
43rd and Upton, 4300 Upton Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55410 United States
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This event was originally scheduled for June 16. We will dig into the history of who has worked and lived in the buildings clustered around 43rd and Upton. Also, we'll touch briefly on: competition with the 44th and France business district, aesthetics (including having the business district set on the descent of a hill), and any notable events such as the filming of movies.

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January 2019

Tour of Minneapolis Central Library Special Collections

January 19 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, 4th floor
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
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One of the area's best local history resources, the collection covers all aspects of the history of Minneapolis and Hennepin County and includes books, photographs, school yearbooks, archival and manuscript collections, periodicals, maps, postcards, and thousands of files of newspaper clippings. We will get an inside view of their collections including the reading room, their workroom, and storage areas. Staff will give orientation to their online resources. We will have an opportunity to ask questions. Carpool from Linden Hills Park…

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June 2019

Revisiting Fern Valley and Mineral Springs: Landscape Transitions at Southwest

June 13 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
36th and Zenith, 3200 W. 36th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55410 United States
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On this walking tour we will revisit the area known by some as Fern Valley and Mineral Springs. Tour guide Peter Sussman will focus on the transformations that have taken place with the landscape and the community from the 1870s to modern times. Meet outside the Bakken Museum.

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July 2019

Fort Snelling at Bdote: 200 Years of History

July 20 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Historic Fort Snelling Visitor Center, 200 Tower Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55417 United States
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Fort Snelling at Bdote background reading list from Linden Hills Public Library For millennia, the place where the Minnesota River joins the Mississippi has been a crossroads, a place of strategic power. But that symbolism is complicated. This tour is a powerful reminder that most Minnesotans today are descendants of immigrants, living on conquered land. Peter DeCarlo, author of Fort Snelling at Bdote, shares the story of the power of place and its peoples. He introduces us to key people…

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