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Hotels shut their doors to Black artists


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 [...]

Hotels shut their doors to Black artists2022-04-29T10:41:27-05:00

Edward Baker – mastermind of the skyways


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 [...]

Edward Baker – mastermind of the skyways2022-03-30T11:32:00-05:00

Josephine Lutz Rollins


“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 [...]

Josephine Lutz Rollins2022-03-30T11:26:10-05:00

Fighter with a big heart: activist, journalist, MSR stalwart Mel Reeves passes at age 64


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 [...]

Fighter with a big heart: activist, journalist, MSR stalwart Mel Reeves passes at age 642022-01-31T09:58:00-06:00

Planting seeds for more than 100 years: the Northrup King Building


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 [...]

Planting seeds for more than 100 years: the Northrup King Building2022-01-31T10:30:33-06:00

Call for poetry submissions


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 [...]

Call for poetry submissions2022-01-20T20:57:57-06:00

Let’s Talk About CRT


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 [...]

Let’s Talk About CRT2022-01-03T22:27:29-06:00

Long Meadow Bridge


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 [...]

Long Meadow Bridge2021-12-21T20:11:30-06:00

Hennepin History Magazine Receives Recognition Award


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 [...]

Hennepin History Magazine Receives Recognition Award2021-11-23T18:38:54-06:00
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