Recent Essays

Alternative Routes for 35W
Can you imagine 35-W running along Cedar Avenue, through Lake Nokomis, heading toward the airport? If that’s hard to imagine, imagine it through the block…
Residents Resist Freeway
 “I’m Mrs. Floyd Lewellen.  And Mr. Lewellen and I happen to live at 5541 Stevens Ave in the path of the proposed freeway. And all…
35W Timeline
A broad overview of the history of 35W in South Minneapolis beginning in the late 1950s with design and ending with the opening of the…


Upcoming Events

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

Past Events

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.

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.