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 […]
Named by real estate speculators, shaped by railroads, and the subject of a huge social experiment by one of the world’s richest men, St. Louis Park has stories to tell. Industry rode the rails but fizzled in financial panic. Today, "fossil streets" drop historical hints, and a bankrupt bank sends us down a rabbit hole […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]