Robert Fischer was the most unusual artist ever inspired by Minnehaha Falls. From about 1900 until 1940, he created tens of thousands of delicate sand designs in clear glass containers, using nothing but the natural colored sands found in Minnehaha Park. Only a few of these still exist. Fischer lived in the Falls neighborhood for decades, and also worked as Park Board commissioner, poet, patent medicine manufacturer, and as policeman. Historian Karen Cooper will tell the story of Robert Fischer, his sand art, and his varied careers. Karen has spent many years revealing Minnehaha Park history and uncovering the stories of the characters who inhabited the area.
One of the area’s best local history resources, the collection covers all aspects of the history of Minneapolis and Hennepin County and includes books, photographs, school yearbooks, archival and manuscript collections, periodicals, maps, postcards, and thousands of files of newspaper clippings. We will get an inside view of their collections including the reading room, their workroom, and storage areas. Staff will give orientation to their online resources. We will have an opportunity to ask questions.
Carpool from Linden Hills Park (4230 Xerxes Ave S). Meet at 9:15.
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Racial covenants were used to bar people of a given race, ethnic origin, or religion, from buying or occupying property in Minneapolis. These discriminatory deeds underpinned an invisible system of American apartheid. This project, Mapping Prejudice, is headed up by a team of activists and scholars who are researching the city covenants with the help of volunteers. Using digital technology, they are assembling the first-ever map of racial covenants for an American city. Discover the hidden history of race in Minneapolis.
An optional holiday luncheon follows the program, at Hilltop Restaurant, 5101 Arcadia Ave, Edina (from 50th Street, turn left on Eden Avenue and right on Arcadia Avenue). We will order from the menu. Please reserve your space at the lunch by December 4th. Email your reservation, with the number in the party, to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 612-926-0646 and leave a message if necessary. Everyone is welcome.
Most known for Widow Hamilton’s guest house overlooking Lake Calhoun (now called Bde Maka Ska), where Henry David Thoreau stayed in June 1861, members of the Hamilton family lived at times on both the south and west shores of the lake for more than 40 years. Explore this untold history of early days before the lake was dredged and the shoreline filled. Local historian Peter Sussman will lead the discussion on this much-speculated local history topic.
Rescheduled from the original date of October 15. Note the new location.
Join us as a Dakota historian speaks on the Dakota cultural perspective/name restoration of Bde Maka Ska, including the new public art installation (completion date, late summer). The Minneapolis City public arts project at Bde Maka Ska celebrates the history of Heyata Otunwe, a village at Bde Maka Ska/Lake Calhoun (1829-1839) and honors Mahpiya Wicasta/Cloud Man. The art work honors and educates visitors about the history and culture of the Dakota and other Indigenous peoples who frequented and resided in this area over time. This long-awaited recognition has been a community effort. Join us to learn more.
This event was originally scheduled for June 16.
We will dig into the history of who has worked and lived in the buildings clustered around 43rd and Upton. Also, we’ll touch briefly on:
- competition with the 44th and France business district,
- aesthetics (including having the business district set on the descent of a hill), and
- any notable events such as the filming of movies.
In the late 1920s and early 1930s, pioneer aerial photographer Joe Quigley was hired to take images of all Minneapolis schools. These remarkable high-resolution photos have been in the school district files for 80 years. Join local historians Michael Wilson and Tom Balcom to view the Southwest neighborhoods circa 1930.