Linden Hills resident and historian Karen E. Cooper has spoken to LHHSG on several occasions
sharing the history of Minnehaha Falls. Now she will tell stories of the rowdy mayhem and
boozy carryings on at the Falls in the years between 1850s and the 1900s. These stories are told in Karen’s book, When Minnehaha Flowed with Whiskey, to be published spring 2022. Just for us, Karen will tell stories from the book and some that didn’t make it into the book including drunken commotion on the river and Temperance Movement extremist Carrie Nation.
The history of Lake Street is being made as we speak. Join Lake Street historian Cara
Letofsky for a combination history and current events of 27th and Lake, otherwise known
as Downtown Longfellow. The discussion will cover the development of the area from
Dakota land to a working-class community fueled by immigrants and industry, to ground
zero of the uprising in the wake of the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police.
This is intended to be a conversation about how the current historical events can be
woven into the story of the area.
History is mostly accidental and local; some is hyper-intentional with unintended
consequences. Now and then outside forces intrude. Named by real estate speculators who
never lived there, shaped by three railroads, and the site of a huge social experiment by one of the world’s richest men, St. Louis Park has become, above all, a community of caring people. Bill Beyer, retired architect, Park resident for 36 years, and trustee of the St. Louis Park Historical Society, will present some stories about the city’s founding and early history.
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?
According to the U.S. census, in 1940 there were only 51 people of Japanese ancestry living in the entire state of Minnesota. Today, that number is in the thousands. Sally Sudo, retired Minneapolis public school teacher and survivor of an American concentration camp, will share her story of why her family and hundreds of other Japanese American families like hers decided to resettle in Minnesota after WWII, and the hardships and discrimination they faced trying to make a life here.
As one of Minnesota’s pioneering women architects, Elizabeth Scheu Close overcame many
obstacles, explored new horizons, and earned her profession’s highest honor: the Gold Medal.
Jane King Hession, a Minnesota-based architectural historian specializing in modernism, presents her book Elizabeth Scheu Close: A Life in Modern Architecture, which traces her upbringing in Vienna, how it shaped her dedication to modern residential design, and showcases the projects created by the firm she co-founded with husband Winston.
Streetcars ran on Nicollet Avenue from 1879 to 1954. Take a trip from downtown to the
Richfield city limits with Minnesota Streetcar Museum historian Aaron Isaacs. He’ll contrast historic photos with the same locations viewed in 2021.
Attendance will be limited to 50. Suggested donation $5 for non-members of LHHSG.