Before Marian Anderson was denied Constitution Hall, Minneapolis’ Dyckman Hotel refused the famous contralto lodging by Jokeda “JoJo” Bell Marian Anderson’s most famous challenge to American Jim Crow occurred during her April 9, 1939, performance at the Lincoln Memorial. After the Daughters [...]
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Mr. James (Mike) Andrews, Field Elementary School social scienceteacher and woodshop teacher. MOST PEOPLE CAN RECALL a teacher who made a difference in their lives, someone who treated them with respect and believed in them. For me and many others [...]
Photo courtesy Irac Nathanson. By Iric Nathason When Minneapolis skyways first appeared in the early 1960s, local skeptics questioned the long-term viability of these new pedestrian walkways that spanned downtown streets. But skeptics were won over as skyways began to [...]
“I get such a bang out of things the way that they are that I’ve always tried to paint them that way.” - Josephine Lutz Rollins, 1964. Josephine Lutz Rollins (1896-1989) was a local artist renowned for her talent in watercolors. She [...]
Article/image reprinted by permission of Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder. It is with deep sadness that we announce that Mel Reeves, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR) community editor, passed away on January 6, 2022, from complications from COVID-19 and pneumonia. He was 64 years old. Reeves [...]
Seed Catalog. 1916. Courtesy University of Minnesota Libraries, Anderson Horticultural Library. By William Burleson Buildings aren’t often consigned to one purpose through their entire lives. Typically, buildings outlive their original businesses and are either replaced or repurposed. And [...]
Hennepin History Museum seeks poetry about love! Send us writing that deals with all kinds of love in all its stages. Interpret the theme such that it incorporates or references a historical event(s) or figure(s). We are open to all genres; however the [...]
There was a popular song in the early 90s called "Let's Talk About Sex." Needless to say, the music video got a lot of attention, but the song wasn’t bad either. It held up because the premise made sense - sex is [...]
By: Denis P. Gardner This article was originally published in Hennepin History, Vol. 80, No. 3, 2021 The city of Bloomington, Hennepin County’s second-largest city, recently preserved a piece of its engineering history – the Long Meadow Bridge, built by the Illinois Steel [...]
The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) has awarded Hennepin History magazine, published by Hennepin History Museum (HHM), an honorable mention in its annual Publication Design Competition, Magazines/Scholarly category, for 2020. AAM has been recognizing excellence in print media for more than 30 [...]