Linden Hills History Study Group

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Coming Events 2015:

Wednesday, February 25th, 7:00 p.m.
Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401 Upton Ave South

Join us as we explore the building and the history of the Lake Harriet Spiritual Community. Listed in 2014 on the National Register of Historic Places, the building is distinct in the city as one of few remaining examples of the Classical Revival architecture. Built in 1916 as Lake Harriet Methodist Episcopal Church it has a rich history in the Linden Hills Community.

Thursday, May 7th, 7 p.m.
St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Sheridan Avenue South 
Minnehaha Falls: The Most Photographed Place in Minnesota

Join us as local Minnehaha historian Karen Cooper presents new images and 170 years worth of stories from her Minnehaha Falls collection of photos, postcards, stereo pictures and other memorabilia.

Wednesday June 17: 6:30 p.m.
Walking Tour of East Lake Calhoun

Explore how our community honors the Dakota Legacy at Lake Calhoun, known to them for centuries as Bde Maka Ska. Peter Sussman will lead our walking tour along the east shore, recalling the transition from Cloudman's Village to the early Lake District development of Minneapolis.

Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m.
Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota
Tour of Bell Museum’s Historic Dioramas with Sue Leaf
Ornithologist Thomas Sadler Roberts dedicated himself to the Bell Museum, which opened in 1940. He was passionate about the museum’s dioramas and recruited prominent wildlife artists to insure that the natural settings, animals, and birds were accurately portrayed. Author Sue Leaf will lead an intimate tour of the Bell Museum. Enjoy this lovely Art Deco building and its dioramas before they are dismantled for the move to a new building in St. Paul.

​​Tentative date: Saturday morning, November 21
Ice racing program by Kathy Colberg 

Optional holiday lunch to follow. Times and locations to be determined.

Past Events 2015:

Monday January 19th, 7:00 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Sheridan Avenue South 

Hometown Business Cavalcade 1956

How many Minneapolis-based businesses have survived the last 60 years? If they still exist, where are they now? In a 1956 Minneapolis centennial history book Aaron Isaacs found a trove of advertisements for hometown businesses. Think mid-century modern graphics with a history twist. The ads include lots of familiar names you may not have heard in a while and you'll learn what happened to them.

Past Events 2014:

Monday, April 7th at 7:00 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Sheridan Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
Andy Sturdevant’s book of essays, Potluck Supper with Meeting to Follow, is an offbeat charming exploration of some of the overlooked aspects of the Twin Cities’ culture and history: city flags, bar paintings, planned communities, the Metrodome, neighborhood post offices, train graffiti, defunct art galleries, the childhood home of Mary McCarthy, and more. 

Thursday, June 5, 6:30 p.m., Walking tour of West Calhoun

Peter Sussman will lead the tour of areas along Lake Calhoun including the Bakken rooftop exhibits on the Dakota heritage, the area and homes north of the museum, and grounds near the Minikahda Club.

Monday, August 25,7:00 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Sheridan Avenue South

Local history as documented by earlier residents of South Minneapolis: a slide presentation of local history plaques/markers around South Minneapolis by historian Tom Balcom. Learn more about the rich history of South Minneapolis as documentedon historic plaques and markers. You’ll be inspired to explore these places.

Monday, October 20, 7:00 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Sheridan Avenue South

A Love Affair with Birds: Thomas Sadler Roberts by Sue Leaf is the first full biography of Roberts—bird enthusiast, doctor,

author, curator, educator,conservationist, and the father of Minnesota ornithology—for whom the Thomas Sadler Roberts Bird Sanctuary is named. Every chapter in Roberts’s life is also a chapter inthe state’s history, and captures a true Minnesota character and his time.

Saturday, November 22, 10:00 a.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Sheridan Avenue South. Holiday luncheon (optional) will follow at a location to be determined.

Naturalist Henry David Thoreau in Linden Hills Dale Schwie, long-time researcherand board member of the Thoreau Society ( will bring to lifeThoreau’s visit to Minneapolis and his stay in the area that became Linden Hills.

Postcard and email reminders will be sent to members prior to each event.