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Cemetery Events Summer ’22

Cemetery Events Summer ’22

Summer Events at Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery Photo courtesy of TIM MCCALL Check the Friends of the Cemetery Facebook page for more events in the summer and later in the fall. Want a tour but don't see one that works? Contact Sue Hunter Weir at s-hunt1@umn.edu to talk about setting one up. Open Streets East Lake Street Saturday, August 13, 11 AM-4:30 PM Stop by and play old-fashioned games (there will be prizes for the kids), take a self-guided smartphone tour, and talk with volunteers. Murder, Mayhem and More (sponsored by Preserve Minneapolis) Sunday, August 21, Tours at 10 AM and 1 PM 10 AM: Tour will cover the southeast quadrant of the cemetery which includes many of the oldest graves, as well as the grave of our most notorious criminal, and those of notable territorial pioneers. 1 PM: Tour will cover the southwest quadrant of the cemetery, including the grave of William Goodridge, a pre-Civil War conductor on the Underground Railroad, and his grandson, the first African-American child born in St. Anthony. The graves of dozens of Civil War veterans and other very interesting folk are also located in this section. Tour sign-ups will be listed at preserveminneapolis.org

A Winter Tale of Friendship and Kindness

A Winter Tale of Friendship and Kindness

By SUE HUNTER WEIR An earlier version of this story appeared in the December 2004 edition of the alley. It is a story about kindness and generosity, qualities that sometimes seem in short supply during these challenging times. Sometimes it’s good to remember good people doing kind things for strangers.Thanks to Tim McCall for providing additional information about Mr. Howard’s military service. The story of Captain Samuel J. Howard’s death was front page news on December 20, 1908. The story of his death was a human-interest story—a holiday story about kindness and generosity, and a story about friendship between two strangers. Because of that friendship, Captain Howard, who had no known connection to the city of Minneapolis, came to be buried in Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery. Captain Howard was a 72-year-old Civil War veteran who was traveling from Olympia, Washington, where he lived in a veterans’ home, to Boston for Christmas. Although the newspaper referred to him as “Captain” Howard, that was an honorary title, a courtesy often extended to elderly veterans. On July 28, 1863, he had enlisted as a private and was discharged less than two months later, on September 15, 1863, due to disability. On October 22, 1864, he re-enlisted, serving in the 11th Massachusetts Light Artillery, and he mustered out as a private at the end of the war, on June 16, 1865. The Tribune’s reporter described him as a “grey-bearded warrior,” who was “still proudly wearing the Union blue and prouder still of the little bronze G.A.R. button on his faded lapel.” Samuel Howard's military marker. Harry Hurlburt, a mortician from Minneapolis, boarded the train in Miles City, Montana. He noticed Mr. Howard, huddled in a corner, surrounded by workmen on their way home for the holidays. Mr. Hurlburt persuaded the other passengers to make room so that Captain Howard could stretch out, and he bought him an orange. An orange seems like such a [...]

Memorial Day Photos by Tim McCall

Memorial Day Photos by Tim McCall

Friends of the Cemetery 2011 Cemetery Concert Awarded by Mpls. Heritage Preservation Commission

The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards ”” a joint project between Preserve Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission, and the Minneapolis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects made seven awards for 2011 recently. Friends of the Cemetery was honored for their innovative advocacy efforts, in particular their first-ever benefit concert at Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery, which drew and educated a diverse audience of city residents. Category: Community Education and Advocacy. Project team: Friends of the Cemetery, Sue Hunter Weir, and Aaron Hanauer, and Colleen Ayers, Nancy Benson and Jack Ferman.  (Participating musicians were Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, and Jeremy Messersmith.)

LOW after ZOO ANIMAL on TOMBSTONE STAGE June 9th

LOW after ZOO ANIMAL on TOMBSTONE STAGE June 9th

By Sue Hunter Weir fed by Hola Arepa and Dandelion Kitchen Friends of the Cemetery have had little time to savor their recent 2011 Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award from last year”'s remarkable Concert in the Cemetery by Jeremy Messersmith and others as they prepare for another concert in the Cemetery this year. On June 9th, musical artists Zoo Animal will begin the concert at 5:30 p.m. and will build up the crescendo of anticipation leading up to the headline performance by Low, well known rock group, taking the stage at 7:00 p.m. Hola Arepa and Dandelion Kitchen will sell some great food during the concert. This is an alcohol-free, family-friendly event.  In addition to the music, there will be fun activities for kids and If you missed last year”'s benefit concert at Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery (and even if you didn”'t””maybe especially if you didn”'t), you”'ll have another chance to hear some great music in one of Minneapolis”'s most unusual and interesting concert venues.  On Saturday, June 9th, Indie band Low, with special guest Zoo Animal, will headline the second annual benefit concert at Minneapolis”' Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery (2925 Cedar Avenue South). Low, one of the best-known indeed rock groups to come out of Minnesota formed in Duluth in 1993. The band consists of Alan Sparhawk, Mimie Parker, and Steve Garrington. Often labeled slowcore, their music has also been described as “hypnotic and entrancing” by nationally renowned music critic Jim Derogatis. Low”'s performance will include songs from their most recent album, C”'mon, which music critic Chris Riemenschneider calls “some of the prettiest, warmest music they have made together.” (more…)

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