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Posts Tagged ‘Gary Schiff’

Bra·vo! Bra·vo! Bra·vis·si·mo!

Bra·vo! Bra·vo! Bra·vis·si·mo!

By Sue Hunter Weir It was an event like no other in Minneapolis. As far as we know the concert on October 8th was the first rock concert ever held in a Minneapolis cemetery. And, what a concert it was! It was one of those days when everything came together: beautiful weather, fantastic music and a wonderful, wonderful crowd. How big was the crowd? Our best estimate is that 1,500 people attended. We sold about 900 advance tickets and between three and four hundred tickets at the gates. Kids under twelve and volunteers got in free. Many who attended said that, although they had driven past the cemetery hundreds of times, this was the first time they”'d stopped into the grounds. Many also told us that they had no idea how much history could be learned there. One of the big hits of the day was the smartphone history hunt which enabled people to use their phones to learn more about 25 of the people buried in the cemetery. Kids had their own history hunt and could get their [...]

“Hats Off” as Honors are Given

“Hats Off” as Honors are Given

May 19, 2011, marked the perfect ending to a perfect week for Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery””the kind of week that comes around once every 83 years. It was a week in which we celebrated the history of Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial (formerly Layman”'s) Cemetery while making a little history of our own. May is National Preservation Month, a time when preservationists and their supporters call attention to efforts to save the nation”'s historic treasures. One of those national treasures is right here in Phillips Community Grand Opening of the Restored Main Gate “Hinges” on contributions On Tuesday, May 17th, about 60 people attended the unveiling of Phase I of the restoration of the cemetery”'s gates and the 13 sections of the fence that were in the worst condition. The weather was glorious, the tulips were in full bloom, and even the dandelions looked festive. A lime-green dune buggy buzzed around one of the [...]

Upcoming events at the Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery

Upcoming events at the Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery

Unveiling of Restored Grand Entrance Gate of Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery May 17th 3 PM The Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery”'s restored front gate and first of other sections will be commemorated with an unveiling on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at 3 p.m. Join Mpls. Council Member Gary Schiff, friends and family members of those buried in the cemetery, and a host of people who have worked so hard on this restoration project. 553 pickets have been adopted at a cost of $30 a piece. Thanks to everyone who has contributed thus far. For more information on donating see page 4. Asa Clark Brown Honored by Daughters of the War of 1812. May 30th 9 AM On Monday, May 30, 2011, at 9 a.m., the Minnesota chapter of the Daughters of 1812 will dedicate Mr. Brown”'s new marker. Everyone is welcome. Please join us in honoring Asa Clark Brown. 142nd Memorial Day Celebration At Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery. May 30th 10 AM Monday, May 30, 2011 marks the 142nd time that Memorial Day [...]

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