Extra copies of Linden Hills history book will hit shelves soon

A Linden Hills history book should be restocked on neighborhood store shelves by the holidays, and it might be more widely available sometime next year.

&#8220Down at the Lake,” a history of Linden Hills and the Lake Harriet district, was first published in 2001 as a project of the Linden Hills History Study Group.

Since then, nearly 3,000 copies have been sold, leaving very few remaining, contributor JoEllen Haugo reported at October's neighborhood council meeting.

The Linden Hills Neighborhood Council (LHiNC) unanimously approved spending $8,000 to print another 1,000 copies of the book, which sell for $19.95.

&#8220I think it helps promote an appreciation for the community,” Haugo said.

Haugo said the study group plans on approaching museums and bookstores outside of the neighborhood in order to sell the book to a wider audience.

Elissa Cottle, a Linden Hills resident and writer, said she can see interest in the book beyond the neighborhood.

&#8220I think there is a certain group of people who really like history books, especially local and regional history,” Cottle said.

The study group is also thinking about approaching Realtors if they'd like to buy the books as gifts for new arrivals in the neighborhood, she said.

The book includes stories, maps and photographs of the neighborhood from the time of the Louisiana purchase up through development in the 1980s and '90s.

Several people over two years contributed to its writing, research, design and editing, and it was printed using neighborhood revitalization program funds.

&#8220We had an outstanding group of people who brought so many skills to the table - and it was a table, a dining room table,” Haugo said.

It's been managed conservatively, she said, but now that the neighborhood council has more than recouped its costs, they'd like to promote the book more.

&#8220We're really quite proud of how well it's done,” she said.

Along with the reprinting, LHiNC approved spending another $3,300 on a neighborhood history website that would in part promote the book.

&#8220It's nice to know it's out there,” said Cottle, who bought the book a few years ago at a gift shop in the neighborhood as a gift for her husband. &#8220It looks like it's very beautifully done.”

Dan Haugen can be reached at dhaugen@mnpubs.com and 436-5088.