Hennepin History Museum is a busy place, and hosts a wide variety of events and activities, including our signature Fireside Chat series, First Free Thursdays, exhibition openings, special tours, book signings, and traditional artist demonstrations.
Visiting the museum at this time does require the use of stairs.
A Historical Walking Tour of 35W
Saturday, September 7, 1 - 3 PMJoin Hennepin History Museum and the Minnesota Department of Transportation on a 1.5 mile walking tour to explore the history of 35W in South Minneapolis. Participants will learn how the freeway's planners thought about Minneapolis transportation needs in the late 1950s and early 1960s, as well as the assumptions they made about the neighborhoods along the freeway's route. We will discuss the project's long-term social and economic costs. The freeway displaced racially diverse communities and established a physical barrier that encouraged the growing racial divisions in South Minneapolis that remain today. The tour will be led by Denise Pike, a public historian with the Heritage Studies and Public History Program at the University of Minnesota, and Aaron Tag, West Area Engineer with the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Meeting place: Hennepin History Museum
Admission: Free; please register by email to Brynna.Marusic@hdrinc.com
Cultural Heartland: Cedar Riverside Tour
Saturday, September 14, 1 - 2:30 PMExplore Cedar Riverside, the neighborhood where immigrants have found welcome since the early days of Hennepin County. Newcomers from Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America have all made their home here, making it one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in Minneapolis. Join historian Maureen Trepp for a 1.5-mile tour as she explains how these various cultures are reflected in the entertainment sites, businesses, residences, and institutions of this near downtown neighborhood.
Meeting location: Outside Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Avenue South