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Dinkytown Histories: Multiple Stories, Multiple Meanings, 12/15/06

December 15, 2006IASEvents0

This fall, undergraduate students in the University of Minnesota’s Public History course (HIST 3001) partnered with Dinkytown residents, activists, businesses, and artists, to create major collaborative projects of historic interpretation. The resulting projects, to be open for public display starting on December 15th, reflect the diverse interests of area businesses, artists, students, and community members, and highlight Dinkytown’s complicated and unique past. These projects represent original research and new interpretations, and offer significant contributions to the local history of Dinkytown. The class exhibit consists of five projects that focus on Dinkytown’s music scene, social protest in the 1970s, the historic preservation debate surrounding Minneapolis’s mills and grain elevators, the role of public art in community identity, and how transportation changes have impacted the neighborhood. As a whole, the public history students will present an exhibition encompassing many Dinkytown stories and meanings that will ask visitors to question, engage, and reconsider the diverse histories of one place. Food from local Dinkytown restaurants will be provided, and local musical acts will perform. Cosponsored by The Department of History.

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