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February 2019

Robert E. Fischer and Sand Souvenirs at Minnehaha Creek

February 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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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, 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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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, 2019 @ 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, 2019 @ 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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September 2019

Trench Warfare in Midtown Minneapolis: From Railroad to Greenway

September 30, 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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Just over a century ago the Minneapolis City Council directed the Milwaukee Railroad Company to construct a trench located just north of Lake Street, between Hennepin and Cedar Avenues, and 37 bridges for roads spanning the trench. This provided a grade separation between the railroad and the city’s automobile and streetcar traffic for three miles, from Hennepin to Cedar Avenues. Learn about the controversies surrounding this major civil works project in the early 1900s, the trench and corridor transitions from…

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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 @ 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 @ 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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April 2020

[POSTPONED] I-35W: Community Impact

April 23 @ 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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This program has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will look at rescheduling when things have settled down. I-35 begins in Laredo, Texas and ends in Duluth, Minnesota, splitting into east and west legs twice: at Dallas/Fort Worth and at Minneapolis/Saint Paul. The stretch of I-35W through South Minneapolis is the focus of this presentation by University of Minnesota historians Greg Donofrio and Denise Pike. Much has been written about the destruction of Rondo Avenue for I-94, but…

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