Library Celebrates Centennial of the Minneapolis Civic Celebration 1911

On Tuesday, June 28, 2011 Minneapolis Central Library will present a public program commemorating the Centennial of the Minneapolis Civic Celebration held in July 1911.  The 21st century commemoration is 6:30-7:30 pm. in the Doty Board Room, 2nd floor of the Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall.

Local “history enthusiast” Peter Sussman will lead the discussion which will include photographs and newspaper accounts the 1911 Minneapolis Civic Celebration.

The event commemorates the 1911 week of festivities in which residents of the growing city celebrated their civic growth and prosperity, their past and their hopes for the future.  The celebration, which included a ceremonial linking of Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles, was replete with July 4th fireworks, parades, pageants and a week overflowing with energy and gusto.

One lasting memento of the 2922 celebration is a commemorative coin that can be viewed online.

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