Edina Morningside Library
Edina Morningside Library was attached to The Westgate Theater, over near 44th and France. The Library shared a restroom with the theater. It was replaced by the Edina Library which was built in 1967 and remodeled in 2002.
In the midst of Irish-American Heritage Month and with St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, there is a great opportunity to reconsider the wittiness, pathos and rich language that Irish literature offers; the diverse voices and talents of Irish writers, past and present, provide something for every literary taste.
Whether you enjoy the classics, like Joyce, Wilde and Yeats, or the humor of Flann O’Brien’s short stories, the poetry of Seamus Heaney, or the contemporary stories of Edna O’Brien, William Trevor and Roddy Doyle, or genres like chick lit or crime stories, Irish literature can break your heart as well as raise your spirits.
This rich literary tradition has been shaped by the harsh beauty of the land; invasion and famine; political division and the “peculiarities” of the Irish language. Traditional Irish does not have “yes” or “no” answers, therefore responses are often echoed or embellished – does that not lead to the gift of gab and perhaps to the rich tradition of Irish literature?
Irish-American authors have also contributed significantly to America’s literary tradition, often including in their works, cultural conflicts between the old county and the new.
The library catalog can help you find Irish literature, films and music and check out these additional resources on Irish literature. Céad míle fáilte!
Irish Times Book Review
Poetry and Literary Magazines - Ireland
Ten Contemporary Irish Authors You Need to Know
15 Essential Irish Novels
Abby Shaw Mayhew, Leader of Women’s Physical Education in Minneapolis
When Abby Shaw Mayhew moved to Minneapolis in 1892, physical education for women had been practically unheard of—the woman’s place was the parlor, not the gymnasium. Miss Mayhew changed that. Under the auspices of the newly created YWCA she organized one of the first gym classes for women in Minneapolis. By 1897 the classes had grown to include 800 women, among its supporters, notable society women including Beatrice Lowry, wife to Thomas Lowry.
Miss Mayhew taught the seven elements believed required to perfect the body: poise, breathing, control or self-possession, food, dress, exercise, and bathing. Exercises included dumbbell work, club swinging, marching and fancy steps, handball, and hoop drills among others.
In 1897 Mayhew left Minneapolis to become head of women’s physical education at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, a post she held for 15 years. She then went to China to work with the national YWCA, until her retirement in 1930 at which point she returned to the Twin Cities. Mayhew died on November 2, 1954 at the age of 90.
March is Women’s History Month. Follow our friends at The Historyapolis Project for the month of March as they highlight more women significant to the history of Minneapolis.
Photo appeared in the Minneapolis Sunday Tribune, September 14, 1952.