The History of Two Historic Neighborhood Churches: Linden Hills Congregational United Church of Christ and Edina Morningside Community Church
This program tells the story of two churches–their history, their architecture, and their
neighborhoods. Linden Hills Congregational Church grew out of the Union Sunday School, which
began meeting in 1896. By 1903, charter members had built a frame church building at 42nd and Upton designed by George H. Keith. The Linden Hills congregation later provided help to the founding members of the Morningside church as they sought meeting space. This began an
enduring relationship between the two congregations each of which helped shape neighborhood life. The Edina Morningside Community Church building was designed by Harry Wild Jones.
Origins of the Minneapolis Sound: The Twin Cities Music Scene from the ’60s to the Prince Era
The 1960s was an explosive time for Minnesota music, as a generation of teenagers inspired by early rock ‘n’ roll and R&B formed their first bands. Join Rick Shefchik, author of Everybody’s Heard About the Bird: The True Story of 1960s Rock ‘N’ Roll in Minnesota, and Andrea Swensson, author of Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound, for a musical presentation about this influential, vibrant period in local music.
ABCFM Dakota and Ojibwe Missions in the 1830s: How similar were they?
In the 1830s Boston’s American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) made a
major Protestant outreach to Native Americans. Ironically, it approved Rev. Jedediah D.
Stevens’ plan for a mission with Chief Maȟpíya Wičhášta (Cloudman) and his Ȟeyáta Othuŋwe
village (at Bde Maka Ska) after laymen Samuel and Gideon Pond had already begun an
independent Dakota mission.
To give us perspective on Stevens and the Pond brothers, Linda
Bryan will present a geographic timeline overview of the ABCFM’s various Dakota missions and
will compare it to the ABCFM’s Ojibwe missions in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Linda Bryan is a
former social studies teacher who volunteers at historic sites.
Cottage City Transitions – walking tour with Peter Sussman
Since 1883 Cottage City has experienced ongoing transition. From the beginning, modest lake
cottages built on small lots south of Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska have been replaced by
increasingly large homes. Our tour will recall the initial community and consider the twin
impacts of evolving design styles and recent larger scale building.
Irvine Park walking tour
The tour of Irvine Park, one of St. Paul’s earliest residential neighborhoods will be led by
Richard Kronick, co-author, with artist Jeanne Kosfeld, of Neighborhood Architecture — Irvine Park, St. Paul: a coloring book.
An optional lunch follows at Waldmann Brew Pub, St. Paul’s oldest extant commercial building. Registration will be limited to 25 people. Carpooling from Linden Hills will be made available.
Wood Lake Nature Center with Bob Glancy
How much can a lake and its surroundings change in 180 years? You might be surprised when
you see and hear about this Richfield gem. In this fast-moving PowerPoint presentation, you’ll learn about the years when it became a dry field with trees growing in it, as well as the good times when it was considered one of the best fishing lakes in Southern Hennepin County. Come and hear all the facts about Wood Lake. Come early and enjoy a stroll through Wood Lake Nature Center.
Thimble Bee 1901: A vision of Linden Hills with Peter Sussman and Laura Krentz
Early 1900s reflections on Linden Hills by Thimble Bee member Martha Schoonmaker, and her
imagined community of the future in 1925. Based on Schoonmaker’s handwritten transcript.
Streetcars on Lake Street, with Aaron Isaacs
The Lake Street streetcar line did more to shape south Minneapolis than any other. It crossed every north-south line in the city and created the business districts that remain important to this day. Streetcar historian Aaron Isaacs will take you on a then and now photo tour of Lake Street.