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A History of Minneapolis: an Overview by Staff at the Hennepin County Library

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Featuring historical photos and items from the collections of the Hennepin County Library, with contemporary photos from the Phototour of Minneapolis by Chris Gregerson.

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Photograph of the audience at the children's party, given at Lake Harriet, July 16, 1923 by the Board of Park Commissioners. The Minneapolis Municipal Band furnished the music. The Playground Department put on the play "The Three Bears."
Minneapolis Collection, Uncat Photo Lakes: Harriet

Swimmers at Cedar Lake.
Minneapolis Collection, Uncat Photo Lakes: Cedar

Stocking Lake Calhoun with fish.
Minneapolis Collection, Uncat Photo Lakes: Calhoun

Ice boat on Lake Calhoun.
Minneapolis Collection, Uncat Photo Lakes: Calhoun

A busy day at Lake Calhoun (1916).
Minneapolis Collection, Uncat Photo Lakes: Calhoun

Lake of the Isles skaters, January 10, 1926.
Minneapolis Collection, Uncat Photo Lakes: Lake of the Isles

Lake of the Isles Tribune Dog Derby (1922).
Minneapolis Collection, Uncat Photo Lakes: Lake of the Isles

Skating champions (left to right) Gerry Scott, Ken Bartholomew, and Bob Dokken watch Franklin Co-op races at Powderhorn Lake (1947).
Minneapolis Collection, Uncat Photo Lakes: Powderhorn Lake

Theodore Wirth Park ski jump (1947).
Minneapolis Collection, Uncat Photo Parks: Theodore Wirth Park (formerly Glenwood Park)

100 yard dash at North Commons (1914).
Minneapolis Collection, Uncat Photo Parks: North Commons

Girls' basketball game being played at Camden Park.
Minneapolis Collection, Uncat Photo Parks: Camden Park

Children in the wading pool at Van Cleve Park, July 1963.
Municipal Information Library, Slide Collection, MIL2360.

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, June 2000.
Photo courtesy of Chris Gregerson

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