Question: Why will families and neighbors from Northeast Minneapolis spend a Saturday in February walking or riding the bus from Edison High School to Northeast Middle School?
Answer: Because Saturday, February 18, 2012, is the 4th Annual “We Love Our Presidents” Walk and Celebration!
It’s a time-honored tradition.
In Northeast Minneapolis most of the North-South running streets bear the names of presidents. Starting with Washington Street on the West and continuing through Harding Street to the East it’s easy for folks in Northeast who know their nation’s history to check their internal GIS location.
The President’s Day Walk and Celebration is a tradition, a great way for neighbors young and old learn together, to enjoy their community, and to honor the nation’s leaders.
Here’s the 2012 agenda:
10:00 a.m. Walkers gather at Edison High School, 700 22nd Avenue, between Madison and Monroe (if you don’t count Howard….)
Walkers proceed along a route walking East on 22nd Avenue to Central Avenue (don’t ask – there was no President Central) then North on Central for a Cocoa Break at the freshly-painted Eastside Food Coop on 25th and Central. Along the way walkers will stop at each corner where members of the Northeast Urban 4-H Club will relate a few interesting facts about that President. Neighbors will be encouraged to share their memories of the neighborhood.
Next the intrepid walkers, warm and refreshed, will head East to Northeast Middle School, 2955 Hayes Street NE, just in time for lunch
Noon – Walkers and visitors will meet at Northeast Middle School for lunch and program. Keynote speaker during lunch is Ginny Zak Kieley who writes and publishes stories about the neighborhood. Ginny’s books, including three about Northeast, will be on sale.
The President’s Day Walk will wrap up at Northeast Middle School with a steaming hot chili lunch (donation requested), a trivia contest, awards for winners of the coloring contest, and the presentation of the distinguished Northeast Presidential Seal for the group that has gathered the most participants for the Walk.
For those who want to be mentally as well as physically prepared for the Walk, here’s a refresher President-named streets that walkers will travel on February 18.
- Madison St NE is named for James Madison
- Monroe St NE is named for James Monroe.
- Quincy St NE is named for John Quincy Adams
- Jackson St NE is named for Andrew Jackson
- Van Buren St NE is named for Martin Van Buren
- Harrison St NE is named for William Henry Harrison
- Tyler St NE is named for John Tyler
- Polk St NE is named for James K. Polk
- Taylor St NE is named for Zachary Taylor
- Fillmore St NE is named for Millard Fillmore
- Pierce St NE is named for Franklin Pierce
- Buchanan St NE is named for James Buchanan
- Lincoln St NE is named for Abraham Lincoln
- Johnson St NE is named for Andrew Johnson
- [Central Avenue is just an anomaly]
- Ulysses St NE is named for Ulysses S. Grant
- Hayes St NE is named for Rutherford B. Hayes
- Garfield St NE is named for James A. Garfield
- Arthur St NE is named for Chester A. Arthur
- Cleveland St NE is named for Grover Cleveland
- Benjamin St NE is named for Benjamin Harrison
- McKinley St NE is named for William McKinley
- [Stinson Parkway is named for a member of the Park and Recreation Board because it is part of the city’s Parkway system. If you get to Stinson you’ve walked too far.]
Generous sponsors of the “We Love the Presidents Walk and Celebration” include Eastside Food Coop, Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis Public Schools Community Education, Minneapolis Park and Recreation, Northeast Bank, Northeast Minneapolis Royalty, Northeast Urban 4-H Club, NEMplsOnline.com and The Northeaster Newspaper.