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Frederick Roach: The everyman’s bike seller


1902 Frederick Roach bike shop at 519 Hennepin Ave. From Hennepin History Museum photo collection. Did you get one of these for Christmas?  Perhaps you found a horse under your tree, but more likely you’ve gotten or given something [...]

Frederick Roach: The everyman’s bike seller2023-01-05T11:51:32-06:00

The Memory Lab


This is a screenshot of an image in the digitization process in the Hennepin History Museum Memory Lab. Did you know that Hennepin History Museum has a memory lab? That sounds like it could be either a place where [...]

The Memory Lab2022-09-06T13:11:08-05:00

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

Building the Perfect Clubhouse


Quick! Think of the word “clubhouse”. What image comes to mind? Do you see found boards or even cardboard boxes cobbled together with “KEEP OUT!” painted across the entrance? Leave it to a librarian to do things differently. In 1907, Gratia Countryman, [...]

Building the Perfect Clubhouse2021-10-27T19:55:05-05:00

John Jamieson: Neighborhood Superhero


One of the biggest blockbuster movies before the pandemic crept up on us at the end of 2019 was Endgame. Oh-and let’s not forget The Joker. I’m too scared to watch Joker, so I’m just going on Rotten Tomatoes (ratings) that both [...]

John Jamieson: Neighborhood Superhero2021-07-07T12:30:19-05:00



Southeast Minneapolis Council on Learning had a formula for better education that looked like this:  (SEMCOL)NEW+LD+SEREADS=BE or SEMCOL/NEW+LD=BE. Math was not my forte, but one of those statements must be true.   The SEMCOL records are currently being processed and organized to be added to our archival [...]


Spiff the Biff


Imagine the spiders that would’ve been in here!  This is the men’s restroom from Lake Harriet Park in 1998 before restoration started.  The Lake Harriet Restroom Restoration Committee (LHRRC) or Spiff the Biff took on the task of restoring both the men’s [...]

Spiff the Biff2021-05-05T13:43:48-05:00

Women’s Civil Defense Council


Fire safety pamphlet from the Women's Civil Defense Council collection. This flyer makes me think of those safety films we had to watch in grade school.  I remember a long walk through the bowels of the school to sit crisscross [...]

Women’s Civil Defense Council2021-04-15T16:15:23-05:00
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