Cultural and Historic Resources

By robb, February 5, 2010 8:33 am

The Minnehaha-Hiawatha corridor has a rich history.  During our conversations with community members, they indicated a strong interest in honoring the history of the area with the project.  

Hennepin County has been working with Landscape Research to collect information and evaluate resources on the early history of the project area.  Their work is highlighted in several reports listed below. 

In their most recent study, Landscape Research has developed an Interpretive Plan for the area which identifies interpretive themes, potential locations for interpretation, and materials / modes for interpretation.  They recommend six historic themes for use in interpretation throughout the corridor area: 

  • Native American Landscape and Pioneer Euro-American Farming
  • Grain Storage / Milling / Industrial History
  • Transportation and Railroad History
  • The Streetcar and Minnehaha Avenue
  • The Bungalow:  the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Corridor and Beyond
  • Snelling Avenue and the Early African-American Community

Project staff will be looking for opportunities to partner with community groups and the private and public sector to identify ways to integrate interpretive themes in activities and projects throughout the corridor.

Project Reports
Project consultants have developed several reports related to the culture and history of the area:

Community Forum Materials
In November 2008, Landscape Research did a presentation looking at the early history of the Minnehaha-Hiawatha Corridor. Below are a video and the Powerpoint presentation from the meeting.

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