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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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May 2018

Southwest Minneapolis 1930: From the Air

May 23, 2018 @ 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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In the late 1920s and early 1930s, pioneer aerial photographer Joe Quigley was hired to take images of all Minneapolis schools. These remarkable high-resolution photos have been in the school district files for 80 years. Join local historians Michael Wilson and Tom Balcom to view the Southwest neighborhoods circa 1930.

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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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August 2018

Story Awakening at Bde Maka Ska

August 16, 2018 @ 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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Join us as a Dakota historian speaks on the Dakota cultural perspective/name restoration of Bde Maka Ska, including the new public art installation (completion date, late summer). The Minneapolis City public arts project at Bde Maka Ska celebrates the history of Heyata Otunwe, a village at Bde Maka Ska/Lake Calhoun (1829-1839) and honors Mahpiya Wicasta/Cloud Man. The art work honors and educates visitors about the history and culture of the Dakota and other Indigenous peoples who frequented and resided in this…

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November 2018

The Hamiltons of Lake Calhoun

November 5, 2018 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN United States
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Most known for Widow Hamilton's guest house overlooking Lake Calhoun (now called Bde Maka Ska), where Henry David Thoreau stayed in June 1861, members of the Hamilton family lived at times on both the south and west shores of the lake for more than 40 years. Explore this untold history of early days before the lake was dredged and the shoreline filled. Local historian Peter Sussman will lead the discussion on this much-speculated local history topic. Rescheduled from the original…

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December 2018

Tracing the History of Real Estate Covenants in Minneapolis

December 8, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN United States
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Racial covenants were used to bar people of a given race, ethnic origin, or religion, from buying or occupying property in Minneapolis. These discriminatory deeds underpinned an invisible system of American apartheid. This project, Mapping Prejudice, is headed up by a team of activists and scholars who are researching the city covenants with the help of volunteers. Using digital technology, they are assembling the first-ever map of racial covenants for an American city. Discover the hidden history of race in…

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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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February 2019

Robert E. Fischer and Sand Souvenirs at Minnehaha Creek

February 28 @ 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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Robert Fischer was the most unusual artist ever inspired by Minnehaha Falls. From about 1900 until 1940, he created tens of thousands of delicate sand designs in clear glass containers, using nothing but the natural colored sands found in Minnehaha Park. Only a few of these still exist. Fischer lived in the Falls neighborhood for decades, and also worked as Park Board commissioner, poet, patent medicine manufacturer, and as policeman. Historian Karen Cooper will tell the story of Robert Fischer,…

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April 2019

Architect John Jager and Information Learned from his Slovenian Home Country

April 1 @ 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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Architectural historian and freelance writer Dick Kronick will lecture on the history of architect John Jager, who laid out the Red Cedar Lane neighborhood in southwest Minneapolis. Research conducted in 2018 uncovered previously unknown information about Jager's life, and buildings that he designed.

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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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