Summer Walks Across Seward
Join the Seward Walkers for a series of summer evening walks this July. All walks depart from the Matthews Recreation Center front door at 7pm on Wednesdays. If the walk has begun, check at the desk—they’ll tell you which way the group went. All tours are free and open to the public.
Wendesday, July 2: Walk from Matthews to the Mississippi. Learn some significant neighborhood history and meet some neighbors along the way.
Wednesday, July 9: Expert gardener LouAnn Keleher will lead a walk to a few Seward gardens.
Wenesday, July 16: Neighborhood leader Sheldon Mains will lead the group to Seward Commons and include a visit to Urban Farms.
Wednesday, July 23: Well-known architect Bob Mack will lead a walk of buildings that had in the past or have today a religious or spiritual significance. Some buildings have been altered from one purpose to another.
Wednesday, July 30: Park Board Commissioner John Erwin will lead a tour of Seward’s fruit trees.
Photo from the Minneapolis History Collection: West River Road just south of the Franklin Avenue Bridge, circa 1910. Photo by Sweet Studios.
Golden Safari - 50th Anniversary of Hennepin County Library’s Summer Reading Program, 1972
Golden Safari offered a variety of activities, including magic shows, folksinging, story telling, zoo programs, puppet shows and film programs. Mound Library hosted a “Celluloid Safari,” a weekly film program that included, “Harold and the Purple Crayon,” and “Stone Age Americans.”
Hennepin County Library still celebrates summer reading today with a special website and summer reading events.
The Voice Of Betty Crocker
When the Betty Crocker brand needed an official voice for “The Betty Crocker Cooking Show of the Air” in the 1920s, they turned to Gold Medal Flour home economist Agnes White Tizard. Agnes was the anonymous voice of Betty Crocker for more than 20 years on the wildly popular radio show.
On my run today around the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis, I came across this sign on the bluffs above the old Bohemian Flats. Lost Twin Cities. An old road, crossing a forgotten field of weeds, sandwiched under bridges and overpasses. Wonder where it would have taken you.
Here is a link to the 1914 Map of Minneapolis. Check plate 33 - Bluff Street in in the upper left hand corner, below the Mississippi.