Summer Walks Across Seward

Summer 2019
Sponsored by the Seward Neighborhood Group’s
History Committee

The Seward History Committee has lined up a sixth 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! 


July 10— We will be celebrating 50 years of the Minneapolis Park Board in the
Seward Neighborhood. We are meeting at Matthews Community Center, the structure
that was the site of an historic collaboration among the Park Board, the school
district and social services back when Seward neighbors held off urban renewal
and convinced authorities to build a new school, a new playground and a new
We will gather oral histories at the meeting so you will hear
interesting stories from people who participated in the center’s early history.
We will honor people, remember events, recognize changes, look at some old
pictures and share light refreshment while catching up with old friends. It all
will begin at 7 p.m. at Matthews Recreation Center

July 17—This July Wednesday has been set aside for honoring the Legacy of Del
Bursch and the Birchwood Dairy and Grocery Store; which became, as most folks
know, the Birchwood Café at 3311 E. 25th St. But, pay attention: We will meet
instead at 2300-33rd Ave where it all started (and therein lies the history
lesson for the evening) You’ll get a chance to meet Del and we hope that many
former patrons who grew up running errands at the dairy store will attend.

July 24— We will explore the lost commercial strip of 25th Street and 27th Ave.
Meet at 7 p.m. at 2715/2717 E 25th street. This was the heart of Seward’s main
business area. Old timers can recall the many stores and businesses that were
located here. We’ll make sure you hear stories from patrons and also hear the
related story of why I-94 changed its original location.

July 31—We end the month on the theme of “Making changes thru protest,
agitation, and conflict.” Plan to meet outside the main entrance to Flour City
Ornamental Iron (Now known as the Ivy Building) 2637 27th Ave. The place has a
history of labor protests that fundamentally changed the lives Minneapolis
workers and the Seward neighborhood. We will also be remembering places in
Seward where changes came about through personal or corporate confrontation.

August 7-  Historical Franklin Avenue. Meet at the big rock at the west end of the Franklin Bridge. Learn the history of the bridge and the avenue, and how I-94 changed the neighborhood. The walk will end at Triangle Park.

August 14–  Walking the Watershed. Participants will learn about water as it moves over, under, and through Seward and it watershed. Our speakers will share their perspective and experience on how local businesses and land management organizations think about water as it moves through our community. Meet at 24th Street and West River Parkway. Our Speakers will include: Lyndon Torstenson, An educational Ranger with the National Park Service, Tammy Schmitz, A water quality education with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization , Rich Harrison, a Landscape Architect and Designer from Metro Blooms.
August 21- Join us for a tour of Seward’s diverse food scene. There’s always something to learn about Seward’s funky hidden gems and upscale eateries. Sample bits and beverages, hear from business owners, and learn about our role as consumers in the food system. Leaders will be Environmental Committee Members Emily Reno and Mike Trdan. Meeting location TBD. Tour stops and speakers will include: Taya & Seamus with Growing Lots Urban Farm, Gabriel with Sisters Camelot, Salman with CJ’s Café,  Jenean Wilmer with the UofM who is doing research on the history of foodways in Minneapolis at the Seward Co-op Creamery.

All walks begin at 7pm at the  various site.