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First Minneapolis Library start-up money donor, Dr. Kirby Spencer, trusted and cared for by Armstrong English

First Minneapolis Library start-up money donor, Dr. Kirby Spencer, trusted and cared for by Armstrong English

By Sue Hunter Weir Dr. Kirby Spencer, one of Minneapolis’ first dentists, is generally credited with providing the money to start Minneapolis’ Athenaeum* which functioned as the city’s first public library. Eventually the Athenaeum evolved into the Minneapolis Public Library and more recently into the Hennepin County Library. His was one of [...]

From Greek Φιλανδρος (Philandros) “friend of man”; Philander Prescott

From Greek Φιλανδρος (Philandros) “friend of man”; Philander Prescott

Prescott, killed in 1862 at the Dakota Conflict after warning U.S. 6 years earlier of inevitable trouble without changes, was buried on the prairie and reinterred later at Layman’s Cemetery when Mary died in 1867.  His tombstone was encased ca. 1938 by the Hennepin History Museum in order to preserve it longer. By Sue Hunter-Weir For the [...]

Safeguarding the past to instill identity in the present and inspire the future

Safeguarding the past to instill identity in the present and inspire the future

By Sue Hunter Weir I started doing research in Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery in the 1990s when the Phillips Neighborhood was having a very tough time of it. We were widely known as “crime-ridden” Phillips,” as though that was our defining characteristic. I wanted people, not just those who live in Phillips, to be reminded of the fact that [...]

Sue Hunter Weir Honored Deserving for Preserving

Sue Hunter Weir Honored Deserving for Preserving

By Brad Pass Sue Hunter Weir was awarded the prestigious Steve Murray Award in recognition of her leadership and dedication to heritage preservation in Minneapolis. Our friend, neighbor and long-time contributor to The Alley Newspaper (including 112 Tales from Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery) was honored May 15th in a gala luncheon celebration at [...]

Buster Keaton, “The General” and Dreamland Faces combine for exquisite night at Cinema in the Cemetery

Buster Keaton, “The General” and Dreamland Faces combine for exquisite night at Cinema in the Cemetery

Saturday, May 24th, was a night to remember at Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery. Over 300 adults and an undetermined number of children under the age of 12 were on hand at the cemetery to watch Buster Keaton’s 1926 classic silent film, “The General.” If you’ve never seen the movie, The General is not a person but a locomotive. [...]

146th Memorial Day at Cemetery celebrated and mourned veterans

146th Memorial Day at Cemetery celebrated and mourned veterans

Colonel Hetherington spoke those words at the 146th Memorial Day gathering at Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery. It was, as Memorial Day, is intended to be a day of both celebration and mourning. The achievements of the many who have served in the military were acknowledged against the backdrop of those who did not return to [...]

Northern Orchards Places Near the Dead with author James Silas Rogers

Northern Orchards Places Near the Dead with author James Silas Rogers

Book reading and signing Sunday June 15th 2:00 PM FREE Admission at Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery Ceadr Ave & Lake Street James Silas Rogers will read from his latest collection of poems and essays. Journey with James to meet the living among the homes of the dead. You may recognize Rogers’ work from Garrison Keillor’s “Writers [...]

Philipine Insurrection Veteran John A. Robischon, died 1909 at 30 honored with grave marker in 2014

Philipine Insurrection Veteran John A. Robischon, died 1909 at 30 honored with grave marker in 2014

Spanish-American War from Apr. 25, 1898 to Dec. 10, 1898. U.S. received Philipines by Treaty from Spain. Revolutionary leaders of Philipines had Spain as a common enemy during the Sp-Am War but after didn’t want one colonial power to replace another. Ths Philipine Insurrection began Feb. 4, 1899 lasting until July 4th, 1902 during which 125,000 [...]

Coming Soon! To A Cemetery Near You: “THE GENERAL” Starring BUSTER KEATON With music by DREAMLAND FACES

Coming Soon! To A Cemetery Near You:  “THE GENERAL” Starring BUSTER KEATON With music by DREAMLAND FACES

Cinema in the Cemetery kicks off the season on May 24, 2014, with an outdoor screening of Buster Keaton’s 1924 comic masterpiece, THE GENERAL. Local musicians DREAMLAND FACES will play an original score during the screening. The gates will open at 7 p.m. and the film will start at sundown, approximately 8:30. Come early and go on a history hunt. [...]

Pioneer and Soldiers Cemetery 146th Memorial Day Ceremony May 26 at 10 AM

Pioneer and Soldiers Cemetery 146th Memorial Day Ceremony  May 26 at 10 AM

This year’s Memorial Day observance, the 146th at Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery, will take place on Monday, May 26th at 10 a.m. Please join us in remembering John Robischon and almost 200 other veterans along with a Color Guard, Band, Speakers, and Military Volley with Taps. At 1:00 in the afternoon there will be a history talk (seated) [...]

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