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.
Mike and Andy will help us remember, in pictures and words, when Dayton’s was in its prime, the Nicollet Mall was brand new, and the Foshay Tower was still king.
An optional holiday luncheon at Kata’s Organic Café, 4279 Sheridan Ave. S., follows the program. We will order from the menu. Please reserve your space at the lunch by November 16th. Email your reservation, with the number in the party, to email@example.com, or call (612) 926-0646 and leave a message if necessary. Everyone is welcome.
With vintage photos and movies, streetcar historian Aaron Isaacs will give a guided tour of the Como-Harriet streetcar that served Uptown, East Calhoun, Linden Hills, Fulton, and Edina until 1954.