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October 2019

Twin Cities Hard Boiled

October 28, 2019 @ 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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James Eli Shiffer, author of The King of Skid Row: John Bacich and the Twilight Years of Old Minneapolis, will visually take us to visit the nucleus of the old Gateway at Hennepin, Nicollet, and Washington Avenues. Though office towers, upscale hotels, and condos abound here, imagine this intersection 60 years earlier where you are surrounded by seedy nightclubs, bars, and flophouses in such filthy, decaying structures that the resident vermin left scathing reviews on Yelp; by individuals sprawled on…

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November 2019

How the Ford Motor Company Transformed Minnesota over the Past 100 Years

November 23, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Edina Library, 5280 Grandview Square
Edina, MN United States
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Author and historian Brian MacMahon will discuss how the Ford Motor Company transformed Minnesota as detailed in his award-winning book, The Ford Century in Minnesota, published by the University of Minnesota Press. The impact of the company will be seen locally, including the introduction of the Model T, the building of the Twin Cities Assembly Plant, cutbacks during the Depression, World War II, women joining the workforce, dealerships on Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street, globalization, the eventual closing of the…

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January 2020

Minneapolis Reuses the Railroad

January 27, 2020 @ 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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Until the 1970s, large swaths of Minneapolis were devoted to railroad use -- depots, switching yards, freight houses, and shop facilities. Much of that has disappeared, along with the industry that depended on the railroads. Historian Aaron Isaacs takes us on a tour of the city showing what was here before and what has replaced it.

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March 2020

[POSTPONED] Wonderland Park

March 16, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN United States
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We have received notice that Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is suspending all in-person church activities as of March 14. The building will be closed and all activities suspended through March 27. Thus, this program has been postponed. We will look at rescheduling when things have settled down. 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…

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July 2020

[VIRTUAL] Walking Tour: Third Wave of Linden Hills Development

July 15, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

We are in a new era in which any property in the neighborhood is a potential site for new construction, up to three units per lot. We will view recently-built examples alongside houses from the late 19th century through what was presumed to be the full “build-out” of Linden Hills in the 20th century. What has influenced development and how has the neighborhood's character evolved? First Wave was initial land claims, development schemes, and early residents through self-identity as a…

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August 2020

Women’s Right to Vote with a Minneapolis Perspective

August 24, 2020 @ 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

[VIRTUAL] Closing Time

October 1, 2020 @ 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. This is a virtual event and will be hosted on Google Meet. For the link to join, contact us at 612-926-0646 or contact@lindenhillshistory.org.

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November 2020

[VIRTUAL] Antisemitism in Minneapolis

November 5, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Minneapolis Jews, like their African-American and Japanese-American fellow residents, faced serious discrimination and social exclusion in employment, housing, and some public accommodations. Indeed, one of the leading investigative journalists and essayists of the era, Carey McWilliams, noted in his Common Ground article “Minneapolis: The Curious Twin” (Autumn 1946), “One might even say, with a measure of justification, that Minneapolis is the capitol of anti-Semitism in the United States.” In the next year, led by Mayor Hubert Humphrey and a wide coalition of…

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December 2020

[VIRTUAL] George Elmslie: In the Shadow of Louis Sullivan

December 7, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join the Linden Hills History Study Group to hear Richard Kronick tell the story of George Elmslie, chief draftsman from 1895 to 1909 for Louis Sullivan, Chicago's leading architect. Sullivan was dubbed "Prophet of Modernism," but Richard will show that, for eight well-known buildings that came out of Sullivan’s office, most of the credit belongs to George Elmslie. After leaving Sullivan in 1910, Elmslie moved to Minnesota and joined the practice of William Purcell and George Feick, Jr. Meanwhile, as…

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January 2021

[VIRTUAL] I-35W and Minneapolis: Community Impact

January 20 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Approximately 25,000 residents were displaced by the construction of I-35W that went between Crosstown, 2nd Ave and Stevens Ave in South Minneapolis. The public works construction project began in 1956 and was completed in 1967. Greg Donofrio, director of the U of MN Heritage Studies and Public History Program, and U of MN public historian Denise Pike have done extensive research on the building of 35W and are gathering stories from displaced residents. They will share their findings. This program…

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