Summer Walks Across Seward

Summer 2018
Sponsored by the Seward Neighborhood Group’s
History Committee

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

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July 11-  A trip around the perimeter of the Hennepin County Agriculture Society fairgrounds. In our earliest years, Seward was home to fifteen Grand Expositions, County and State Fairs from 1865 to 1883. Leaders will be the History Committee. Photos and posted signs will indicate fair activities. Meet in front of the doors to Matthews Center at 7 p.m.

July 18 – How to read a building– All of us can read a book’s story and add to our knowledge. But how many people can read a building? All of us can learn this visual literacy, given the opportunity. Learning is easy. Seward Neighborhood’s author Bob Roscoe will help. Wherever you live in this South Minneapolis community, a building or landscapes’s history is waiting for you to discover it. Meet at the Birchwood Cafe at 7 p.m.
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July 25 – Seward’s landmark SCOTUS case – Visit the site of the former Shapiro Dry Cleaning Store where the historic Near vs. Minnesota Court case on Freedom of the press began. The location is under consideration for a national historic marker. Bob Franklin, a retired reporter and editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and a longtime adjunct journalism teacher, will lead the group. We will meet at Seward Redesign, 2619 Franklin Avenue at 7 p.m. and remain there for the evening.

August 1—Tour the historic Ivy Building for the Arts – and the story of it’s connection to Flour City Ornamental Iron. Rick Musser will lead a discussion on the history of the factory, what they made, unionizing and riots of the 1930’s. There will be slides and photos. Tour of the building follows. Meet at 2637 27th Avenue at 7 p.m. 

August 8Discover hidden shops among the small Seward businesses along the railroad tracks What do these businesses along 26th and 27th streets create and sell? This walk will be your chance to discover businesses that make accessories for drumming, glass art, creative fantasy, cycling products and bike posts, and unusual and one-of-a-kind objects. This walk of discovery will begin at 2600- 31st Av. at Andrew Shea’s glass studio. A list of the companies will be available at the beginning of the walk. The companies will share their knowledge and expertise.

August 15 – Learn about the diverse housing styles from Post World War II to today within a three block area in Seward. Why was this area open to new construction after the War continuing through to today? What did new construction materials and builder know how contribute to these houses? We will talk to owners, look at aerial photos, and discuss housing issues, and probably the Minneapolis 2040 plan. This walk will help us understand housing of the past and, hopefully, housing of the future.

August 22 – A walk led by Somali speakers for Somali people about Matthews Park and Center and the surrounding area. English translation will be available for English speaking people. Meet at Matthews Center at 7 p.m.

August 29How to read a building– All of us can read a book’s story and add to our knowledge. But how many people can read a building? All of us can learn this visual literacy, given the opportunity? Learning is easy. Seward Neighborhood’s author Bob Roscoe will help. Wherever you live in this South Minneapolis community, a building or landscape’s history is waiting for you to discover it. Meet at the Birchwood at 7 p.m.

All walks begin at 7pm at the  various site.