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Minnehikers (Minneapolis Municipal Hikers) Collection M/A 2000.03.01-03

Minnehikers (Minneapolis Municipal Hikers) Collection M/A 2000.03.01-03

Title: Minnehikers (Minneapolis Municipal Hikers) Collection
Quantity: 3.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library


The Minnehikers or the Minneapolis Municipal Hiking Club was founded in December of 1919, by Mr. Theodore Wirth the Superintendent of Parks. The club was created as an informal walking club whose main purpose was to acquaint people with the parks and trails in Minneapolis. The hiking area soon extended to the surrounding town and counties.

The first president of the club was Mr. Ross Gordon. The first official officers of the club included Mr. Donald M. Patterson, Mr. Henry Sagmoen, Edna Eckstrom, Mr. George Shekels, Mr. Carl M. Johnson, Ella Knapp, Peggy Farver, Madelyn Woehing, Mrs. Aimee Meldahl, Mr. Al. Mangney, Dorothea Nelson and Mr. Ray Crawford.

In 1925, the Minnehikers began to publish a monthly newsletter. Their mailing list soon surpassed their budget and they were forced to charge fifty cents per year for the publication. However, free copies of the newsletter were still available at the hikes and at their office. In 1926 the club decided to charge a yearly fee of two dollars per member. At present, in 2010 the club charges a membership fee of fifteen dollars per year. The club has also continued to supplement its income by holding banquets and other entertainment events.

The Minnehikers continue to be an active walking club within Minnesota. They sponsor two or three hikes per week within Minneapolis. Destination hikes have also become an important part of the club. Hiking trips are planned for various scenic locations throughout the United States and Canada.

Collection Description

Three boxes. Collection consists of newspaper clippings concerning the Minnehikers, correspondence, photos from hiking trips and banquets, and a banquet menu and program from 1972.

Related Material

Minnehikers year books from 1927-1999: GV199.M56 Tenth Anniversary Book: GV199.M541929 Twentieth Anniversary Book: GV199.M541939 Thirtieth Anniversary Book: GV199.M541949

Subject Headings


Wirth, Theodore, 1863-1949


Clubs -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis.
Parks -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis.

Table of Contents

Newspaper clipping about the club and its members -- Box 1, Folder 1
Menu and program for the 1972 annual banquet 1972 -- Box 1, Folder 2
The Minnehiker Handbook from 1937, a membership directory from 1985, officer candidate cards, a menu and program from the 1933 annual banquet, a program from the 1931 presentation of "The Greatest Minstrel Show on Earth." 1931-1937, 1985 -- Box 1, Folder 3
Correspondences from organizations to the Minnehikers as well as correspondences amongst Minnehiker members -- Box 1, Folder 4
Photos from various hiking trips and fundraising events -- Box 1, Folder 5
Photo album labeled, "Trip in 1937 led by Harvey Kespert (?) Smoky Mts., Wash. D. C., etc." 1937 -- Box 1, Folder 6
Photos from various annual banquets -- Box 1, Folder 7
Group photos from various hikes and events -- Box 1, Folder 8
Group photos (with dates) 1923-1929 1923-1929 -- Box 1, Folder 9
Groups photos from various annual banquets -- Box 1, Folder 10
Informal snapshots, Photographic negatives -- Box 2
Scrapbooks of Lantha L. Ballard, Minnehikers member 1937-1940 -- Box 3

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