Nellie Francis in Women’s Suffrage Campaign and anti-lynching law, with William Green


Dr. William Green, professor of history at Augsburg University, will present the story of Nellie Francis, a black woman who helped lead the women's suffrage campaign in 1919 and successfully lobbied the legislature of 1920 to enact Minnesota's anti-lynching law. Dr. Green’s book on Nellie Francis will be published by the University of Minnesota Press […]

Wonderland Amusement Park with Susan Hunter Weir


In 1905, Wonderland Park on East Lake Street was a popular amusement park where the people of Minneapolis could ride one of the world’s finest carousels, witness amazing, death- defying acts, and even tour a display of local premature infants being treated in the new scientific marvel, an electric incubator. Susan Hunter Weir, Director of […]

Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary history, with Constance Pepin


In 1936, the Park Board designated 31 acres of the land along the north shore of Lake Harriet as a bird sanctuary that was later named for Thomas Sadler Roberts, considered the father of Minnesota ornithology. Constance Pepin and Stephen Greenfield, co-founders of the Friends of Roberts Bird Sanctuary, will share history and images of […]

The Lost Japanese Gardens of John Scott Bradstreet, with Kathy Kullberg


John Scott Bradstreet, leading interior designer of the early 20 th century in the Twin Cities, traveled extensively to Europe and Asia on buying trips to furnish his retail shops and clients homes. Early on, he became enamored with the simple but elegant gardens of the Japanese artisans. Over the course of three decades, he […]

The Era of Lake Harriet Concessionaires, with Peter Sussman


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


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]