Recent Essays

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Fair Compensation?
People were furious about losing their homes to make way for the construction of 35W. In this essay, I discuss what angered them the most.…
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Environmental Justice
Alongside the promise of speed and mobility the construction of Interstate 35W came with a series of unexpected environmental consequences. As the machines building the…
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Condemning Homes in the Freeway’s Path
Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Marty had the dubious honor of being the first people in Minneapolis to have their home taken by the Minnesota Department…

Events

Upcoming Events

An exhibition based on oral history interviews, archival research, and community input will be on display in January of 2021.

Past Events

A Public History of 35W: Virtual Story Share

Wednesday, August 19, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

This interactive virtual event will share preliminary histories about opposition to the freeway, its impacts on communities of color, and concerns over equity and environmental justice. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and express interest in sharing their own perspectives and stories. This event is part of an ongoing partnership with Hennepin History Museum, the Heritage Studies and Public History Program at the University of Minnesota, and Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Event video up now on the Hennepin History Museum’s Youtube page.

Two Virtual Events: A Public History of 35W

Wednesday, May 27, 1-2:30 p.m.: Virtual Art Workshop

Thursday, May 28, 6-7:30 p.m.: Virtual Story Share (Event cancelled out of respect for the community mourning for George Floyd.) Check back for more information about event rescheduling.

Please join us for two free events to continue our exploration into the history of I-35W in South Minneapolis. On May 27, researchers from the University of Minnesota will invite participants of all ages and skill levels to develop a creative response to a presentation on the history of this freeway. On May 28, they will present preliminary research on opposition to the freeway, its impacts on communities of color, and concerns over equity and environmental justice. They will invite participants to share their own perspectives and stories. Both events will be held in partnership with the U of M and the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Please watch the Hennepin History Museum’s Facebook Event page for more information.

A Public History of 35W

October 10, 2019
Hosted by Minnesota Department of Transportation and Hennepin History Museum.


https://www.facebook.com/events/2386474688237225/

Historical Walking Tour of I-35W, South Minneapolis

September 7, 2019
Hosted by Minnesota Department of Transportation and Hennepin History Museum

Bridging the divide over Interstate 35W

‘This is our Rondo – we just don’t know it yet’

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Support for this project was provided by the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs; University of Minnesota Heritage Studies and Public History program; Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; UMN Digital Arts, Sciences, & Humanities (DASH); and the UMN Provost's Imagine Chair for Arts, Design & Humanities.

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