Summer Walks Across Seward

Summer 2016
Sponsored by the Seward Neighborhood Group’s
History Committee & Environment Committee

The Seward History Committee has lined up a third season of summer evening walks. Meeting places will vary but the meeting time will always be 7pm.  For more details and updated information, check the Seward Walks thread at Minneapolis Seward Neighbors Forum!


July 6Silk Stockings and Social Justice– Seabury Avenue on Seward’s far east side has been home to a long list of illustrious bourgeoisie and political figures. Seward History book editor and retired professor Rick Musser leads this walk. Meet at west end of Franklin Bridge at boulder.

July 13—Westside Story: The Green Version -SNG Environment Committee will put together a walk with an ecological theme. Many homeowners on the neighborhood’s west side have committed to various shades of green living. Location to be announced (check the Seward Neighbors Forum).

July 20A Sweet Walk on Franklin– K’UL farm-to-bar artisan chocolate shop at 2211 Franklin Ave. with a tour of roasting, winnowing and grinding cacao to create treats and improve the lives and environment of growers. We’ll finish the evening at Beez Kneez honey house.

July 27—Micro Housing/ Housing on Back Lots  – Jerry Herby former Seward resident will lead this look at homes that are micro— not Mc—mansions. Meet at Matthews Park Community Center.

August 3—Discovering Seward’s Lost Stores– Old-timers can recall a neighborhood with a small store on nearly every block. Some remain as residences, some disappeared with urban renewal. Meet at Matthews Park Community Center and Wendy Epstein, Seward History Committee’s lead researcher (who also lives in a rehabbed family grocery) will take us on a stroll.

August 10—Historical Seward School and Tour the rebuilt Montessori School– There have been three Seward schools. After a bit of school building history, Seward School Principal Tammy Goetz leads us on a tour of the newly remodeled building. Meet in Seward School’s multi-purpose room.

August 17—Three Bars on Franklin– Meet at 2027 Franklin Ave., once the site of the Blue Nile and, before that, home to a series of historic bars from Seward’s rough and tumble days. We’ll end our pub crawl through neighborhood history at the Seward Café and at Tracy’s Saloon, other drinking spots with a Seward legacy.

August 24—Seward’s Urban Forest-Local arborist and urban forestry instructor Peter-Jon Rudquist will lead us on a walk through the urban woods of Seward. Meet at Matthews.

August 31—The Bridges of Seward– Meet at southwest end of Franklin Bridge at the boulder. Paul Backer, project engineer for the restoration of the historic span on Franklin, will talk about the neighborhood’s bridges. If summer construction goes well, we might even get to step out onto the new bridge deck.



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