The dynamic changes that took place in southwest Minneapolis from the 1940s to the
1970s helped usher in a wave of citizen activism in Linden Hills. By the 1970s, many residents noted that city/county departments weren’t consulting neighbors on local projects. Residents banded together to have a voice in their community. The rise of Linden Hills residents’ activism impacted projects with city departments and the business community as well as neighborhood parks, schools, and youth activities. Their actions had an impact that is still visible today.
Following the 1981 tornado through southwest Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board refurbished the 1929 rock garden which is now the Peace Garden. The Men’s and Women’s Garden Club of Minneapolis (MWGCM) donated and planted trees and helped re-design the park’s arboretum. They continue to work with its native and mixed border gardens.
Speakers include Kay Wolfe, with the MWGCM, and JoAnn Blatchley, with the JapanConnectMN: Sister City Organizations.
Peter Sussman will lead a tour from Zenith Avenue to France Avenue tracing the Grimes family’s 1880s model community of Waveland, including the first Lake Harriet School, as well as growth related to the 1905 streetcar extension along 44th Street to Morningside.
The tour will start from the northwest corner of 44th and Beard (the park-like space kitty-corner from Turtle Bread).
Highway 100 originated as a New Deal project in the 1930s. The idea to have small parks along the route became popular, and citizens contributed funds for lilac plants. Seven parks along “Lilac Way” featured picnic tables and distinctive fireplaces called beehives. Kathy Johnson of the St. Louis Park Historical Society will tell the story of the road’s rich history. We’ll enjoy one of the remaining beehive parks, Lilac Park, with a boxed lunch option. Carpooling will be available.
Mary Allen Whedon, known professionally as M.A. Whedon, ran a Minneapolis business that
employed young women and published local view postcards and educational material. Program by Peter Sussman with postcards from his and Karen Cooper’s personal collections.
William Purcell and George Elmslie, acclaimed Prairie School architects, began their partnership in Minneapolis in 1909. Architectural historian Richard Kronick will explain how spiritualism — the notion that there is a component of the universe beyond that which is apparent to normal human sense — was expressed in Purcell and Elmslie’s writings and architecture.