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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, 2021 @ 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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February 2021

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

February 23, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Zoom

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 in January.

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April 2021

Wonderland Amusement Park with Susan Hunter Weir

April 8, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Zoom

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 the Friends of the Cemetery, Pioneers & Soldiers Memorial Cemetery, will share stories and images about this time in Minneapolis history.

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May 2021

Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary history, with Constance Pepin

May 17, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Zoom

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 this priceless oasis of nature that nurtures wildlife and humans alike.

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June 2021

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

June 30, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Zoom

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 either built or influenced over nine known gardens. One of the most well-known was that of Linden Hills resident, Frank F. Fletcher, on West 44th…

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September 2021

The Era of Lake Harriet Concessionaires, with Peter Sussman

September 9, 2021 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Zoom

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 the West."

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Historic Walking Tours at the Linden Hills Fall Festival

September 18, 2021
Linden Hills Park, 3100 W. 43rd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55410 United States
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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 ensure your spot, you can register before the festival. The tour is free, but donations of $5/person are encouraged. Donations will go towards supporting Linden…

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November 2021

Streetcar Line: Bryant Avenue Line, with Aaron Isaacs

November 8, 2021 @ 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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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 its terminals at 56th and Bryant and 54th and Penn.

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January 2022

Saving St. Anthony Falls [Zoom only]

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

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 or other infrastructure. No one has inspected it for 145 years and no one accepts ownership. How much longer will it last? Retired Park Superintendent John…

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