Summer walking tours showcase Minneapolis’ history

Take a walk through history as you visit 21 areas of Minneapolis this summer, ranging from cultural gathering places and residential neighborhoods, to bustling commercial industrial area, to the theaters of Hennepin Avenue and remnants of the citys extensive streetcar system. The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and the City of Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development will offer a series of expert guide-led tours of historic sites throughout Minneapolis between May 31 and Sept. 18.

Tours are free (except for the Como Harriet Streetcar Line tour, $5 charge; American Swedish Institute’s Park Avenue neighborhood tour, $6 charge). Tour sizes are limited and participants should arrive 15 minutes before the start of the tour to obtain a ticket and sign a waiver. Reservations are not required except for the two Park Avenue tours, Tree Canopy tour, and the Grain Belt Brewery tour, which request a pre-registration.

If you cant attend these tours, create your own. All profiles of locally designated landmarks and historic districts are located online at the Heritage Preservation Commission website.

This year, two new locations - Interlachen: Between lakes Calhoun and Harriet, and the Downtown Modern tour have been added. Other tours include: Pioneers & Soldiers Memorial Cemetery, Hennepin Avenue Theaters, Elliot Park, two separate and distinct tours of Park Avenue, Como-Harriet Streetcar Line, Washburn-Fair Oaks Historic District, Warehouse District, Grain Belt Brewery, Red Cedar Lane and the Purcell and Elmslie Homes, Lowry Hill, The City Tree Canopy tour, Tangletown, West 49th Street, Minneapolis City Hall & Courthouse, Christ Church Lutheran, Milwaukee Avenue Historic District, and North Side Synagogues and Neighborhood.

For schedule information, call (612) 673-2615 or see Hertitage Preservation Commission.

Published May 13, 2010