Historic walking tour season announced

The historic theaters of Minneapolis walking tour is scheduled for Sept. 3. Photo by Sarah McKenzie

Preserve Minneapolis has a new lineup of walking tours throughout the city this summer.

The nonprofit is offering more than 20 tours showcasing the city’s rich history June 5–Sept. 25.

“Preserve Minneapolis focuses on preserving the buildings and cultural heritage around Minneapolis and highlighting histories from different people’s point of view,” said Lacey Prpic Hedtke, Preserve Minneapolis’ summer walking tours coordinator. “Hopefully the tours will bring people that are new to the city to get to know the city more and people who have lived in the city for a long time and just want to explore the different neighborhoods. Hopefully that will encourage people to be more invested in the city and get involved in different ways.”

New topics this year include black history and its influence on the East 38th Street community led by Ward 8 residents; the small lake cottages built south of Lake Calhoun in the late 1800s that are now being replaced by larger homes; and the second generation of brewer’s houses of Lowry Hill east, followed by a tour of the LynLake Brewery.

Returning to the tour are popular visits to Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery, the historic theaters of Minneapolis and the Fort Snelling Upper Post.

On each tour, guides with experience in fields like architecture, history and preservation will tell the stories behind the stories, giving participants a greater understanding of the area’s social and built history.

“I have not been on a tour yet because this is my first year of coordinating tours, but I am excited,” said Hedtke. “I get to go on all of the tours this year, and that was one of the perks to this job.”

Most tours are $9 per person. Participants need to pre-register and pay for tickets online. For more information, registration or to view the events calendar, visit preserveminneapolis.org.