The Era of Lake Harriet Concessionaires, with Peter Sussman

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Imagine displays of a bear, carousel, ostriches, and Shetland pony rides at Lake Harriet to entertain visitors who came down to picnic, boat, or enjoy a concert. Concessionaires J. Palmer, A.O. Hoyt, H.M. Barnet, and J.H. Eschman welcomed visitors and helped shape their experiences in a picturesque setting once described as the "Coney Island of […]

Historic Walking Tours at the Linden Hills Fall Festival

Linden Hills Park 3100 W. 43rd St., Minneapolis, MN

The Linden Hills History Study Group is excited to offer historic walking tours of Linden Hills during the upcoming Linden Hills Fall Festival on September 18, 2021. The group will offer two tours, beginning at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., leaving from their festival booth. Space will be limited to 12 participants per tour. To […]

Streetcar Line: Bryant Avenue Line, with Aaron Isaacs

St. John's Episcopal Church, Linden Hills 4201 Sheridan Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN

From 1890 to 1953, the Lyn-Lake and East Harriet neighborhoods were served by the Bryant Avenue streetcar line that traveled from Lyndale Avenue to Lake Street, then east and south of Lake Harriet and crossing Minnehaha Creek. Historian Aaron Isaacs will take us on a then-and- now photo tour of the line from downtown to […]

[VIRTUAL] Saving St. Anthony Falls

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In 1876, the Corps of Engineers finished a massive concrete wall under the Mississippi River at St. Anthony Falls. It stands three stories tall and spans the river. It is an essential piece of Twin Cities infrastructure that no one can see and few know exists. It safeguards Minneapolis' water supply and helps ensure the river doesn't undermine bridges […]

Streetcars on Nicollet Avenue, with Aaron Isaacs

St. John's Episcopal Church, Linden Hills 4201 Sheridan Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN

Streetcars ran on Nicollet Avenue from 1879 to 1954. Take a trip from downtown to the Richfield city limits with Minnesota Streetcar Museum historian Aaron Isaacs. He'll contrast historic photos with the same locations viewed in 2021. Attendance will be limited to 50. Suggested donation $5 for non-members of LHHSG.

Elizabeth Scheu Close: A Life in Modern Architecture with Jane King Hession

St. John's Episcopal Church, Linden Hills 4201 Sheridan Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN

As one of Minnesota’s pioneering women architects, Elizabeth Scheu Close overcame many obstacles, explored new horizons, and earned her profession’s highest honor: the Gold Medal. Jane King Hession, a Minnesota-based architectural historian specializing in modernism, presents her book Elizabeth Scheu Close: A Life in Modern Architecture, which traces her upbringing in Vienna, how it shaped […]

The Japanese American Experience in Minnesota presented by Sally Sudo

St. John's Episcopal Church, Linden Hills 4201 Sheridan Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN

According to the U.S. census, in 1940 there were only 51 people of Japanese ancestry living in the entire state of Minnesota. Today, that number is in the thousands. Sally Sudo, retired Minneapolis public school teacher and survivor of an American concentration camp, will share her story of why her family and hundreds of other […]

Places in the Park: St. Louis Park presented by Bill Beyer

St. John's Episcopal Church, Linden Hills 4201 Sheridan Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN

Named by real estate speculators, shaped by railroads, and the subject of a huge social experiment by one of the world’s richest men, St. Louis Park has stories to tell. […]