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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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July 2020

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

July 15 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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