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Signature City Minneapolis: Great Art, Architecture, Theatre and Music

Program Number: 19681RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/23/2015 - 6/28/2015; 8/18/2015 - 8/23/2015; 9/22/2015 - 9/27/2015; 10/6/2015 - 10/11/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Price starting at: $1,299.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities; Theater
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Experience the best of Twin Cities' architecture, art, theater, and music, led throughout by cultural experts. Discover an incredible range of art at the superb Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. At the renowned Guthrie Theater, go backstage and attend a performance. Discover award-winning architectural marvels such as the Weisman Art Museum, and attend a concert at one of the cities' famed concert venues. Explore the City of Lakes by coach, walk its historical riverfront, and take a peek at Twin City St. Paul.




Highlights

• Go backstage at the architecturally intriguing Guthrie Theater and attend an outstanding performance.
• Explore masterpieces of world art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center.
• Discover hidden treasures at the lovely American Swedish Institute's Turnblad Mansion and the historic Foshay Tower.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles. Standing up to one hour at museums. Mostly level terrain; some gravel garden paths.




Date Specific Information

6-23-2015

Guthrie Theater performance: "Music Man." Meredith Wilson's clever and touching musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Musical performance will be Flying Forms Baroque ensemble.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology � listening devices � on this date.



8-18-2015

Guthrie Theater performance: "Music Man." Meredith Wilson's clever and touching musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Musical performance will be Flying Forms Baroque ensemble.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology � listening devices � on this date.



9-22-2015, 10-6-2015

Guthrie Theater performance: "To Kill a Mockingbird", an adaptation of the Harper Lee's Pulitizer Prize-winning 1960 novel about the fight against racial injustice in the Deep South. Musical performance will be St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology � listening devices � on this date.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Minneapolis

The 24 lakes now contained within Minneapolis inspired Minnesota schoolmaster Charles Hoag to combine the Dakota word for water with the Greek word for city, resulting in today's modern moniker. Once the global center of the timber milling industry, Minneapolis is the state's largest city and adjoins twin city and Minnesota capital St. Paul.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel in the heart of Minneapolis, easy access to downtown sites and activities.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Megan Vossler

Megan Vossler received her bachelor's in studio arts from Brown University, and her master's in visual studies at Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her graphite drawings, mixed media pieces, and video works are exhibited nationwide, with recent shows at Franklin Art Works, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Soap Factory, and the Wooster Art Museum in Ohio. Megan has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, and is an active member of the Twin Cities arts community.
 
Peter Sussman

Peter Sussman is an architect and a lifelong resident of Minneapolis. He has degrees from the University of Minnesota in architecture and urban studies. He has been actively involved throughout his career in researching, writing, speaking and leading tours on community history and quality of life. He currently serves on the community and arts boards including Preserve Minneapolis, Minnesota Streetcar Museum, and the Edina Heritage Preservation Board. He has appeared in Twin Cities Public Television documentaries about parks, architecture, and the Walker Arts Center.
 
John S. Adams

Geography Professor Emeritus John S. Adams, has made the world–from Minneapolis neighborhoods to Eastern European cities–his classroom. Though he has extensive experience traveling and working internationally, the core of his research and teaching is the American city. His interest is in how cities are linked to regional, national, and international economies and how they marshal social, physical, and political forces to produce positive outcomes for the people who live in them. Though John has published more than 100 articles, books, and reports in his career, his greatest legacy takes form in the contributions his students are making in the public and private sectors. These students are having a positive impact in their communities by applying the principles learned in John's classes –a distinctive blend of entrepreneurial spirit, competitive efficiency and corporate social responsibility. Cities are complex systems and through John's knowledgeable lens we see deeper into our own.
 
Marianne Combs

Marianne Combs reports on the arts for Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) News and writes MPR's culture blog, "State of the Arts." She joined MPR in 1993, and over the past 20 years she has worked as a producer, reporter, host and news anchor. She recently completed a special series called "Art Heroes," looking at the work of artists who are transforming their communities using theater, dance, and the visual arts. Marianne is a 2014 fellow of the Creative Community Leadership Institute.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites
  Minneapolis, MN 5 nights
 Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: The Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites is centrally located in the heart of Downtown Minneapolis. The hotel is five blocks from the Metrodome Stadium and the Minneapolis Convention Center. Orchestra Hall, the Orpheum and State Theatres, the Target center and other downtown entertainment venues are an easy walk from the hotel. The Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites is easily accessible from major freeways including I-94, I-35W and I-394. The light rail line to the airport and Mall of America is only a few blocks from the hotel and the city's renowned skyway system is accessible across the street.
  Contact info: 405 South 8th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55404-1026 USA
phone: 612-370-1400
web: www.bestwesternminnesota.com/hotels/best-western-the-normandy-inn-and-suites/
  Room amenities: Spacious guestrooms include flat screen TV with high definition programming, free wireless Internet, iHome clock radio, a coffee/tea maker, a hairdryer, iron/ironing board, and mini refrigerator.
  Facility amenities: This 100% non smoking hotel includes a business center, self laundry (washer and dryer $1.50 each), dry cleaning Monday through Friday, a sauna, a whirlpool, a heated indoor pool, a 24-hour exercise studio, a cocktail lounge, a restaurant, safe deposit boxes, and a 24-hour front desk. Hotel is wheelchair accessible. There are complimentary newspapers in the lobby and milk and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are served every evening at 10 PM.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel for rates To make reservations before and after the program, contact the Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites by phone at 612-370-1400. Be sure to mention you are with the Road Scholar group. We encourage you to book additional nights at your earliest convenience as it is possible for the hotel to sell out.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call hotel for rates To make reservations before and after the program, contact the Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites by phone at 612-370-1400. Be sure to mention you are with the Road Scholar group. We encourage you to book additional nights at your earliest convenience as it is possible for the hotel to sell out.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check in begins at 3:00 PM. Program registration begins at 4:00 PM. Orientation is at 4:30 PM. Dinner starts at 5:45, followed by a lecture at 7:15 PM. You will be staying at Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites that night.
  End of Program:
10:00 AM after breakfast and program wrap up. Hotel check out by 12:00 PM. You will be staying at Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at the hotel at prevailing rate- currently $8 a night. Price is subject to change.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Minneapolis, MN
  Nearest city or town:  Minneapolis
  Nearest highway: I-94, I-394, I-35
  Nearest airport:  Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
  From End of Program
  Location: Minneapolis, MN
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Minneapolis- Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MetroTransit Light Rail
phone: 612-373-3333

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2.25 Prices are subject to change.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

22 minutes, plus 5 minutes walking 

   

Take the Blue Line (Hiawatha) from the airport to Government Plaza Station (located at 352 South 5th St). Walk three blocks (0.3 miles) southwest along 4th Ave to the hotel. You must pay for your ride before boarding the train. Visit www.metrotransit.org for more information.

 

Minneapolis

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$16 one way per person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Time varies due to traffic and ride share 

   

Upon arrival, follow the signs to the lower level baggage claim and collect your luggage. For Terminal 1 arrivals, follow the signs for "Hotel Shuttles and Scheduled Vans" to the SuperShuttle ticket counter located in the center of the Ground Transportation Atrium. For Terminal 2 arrivals, use the ground-level crosswalk or second-level Skyway to proceed to the Ground Transportation Center, located directly across the street from Terminal 2. Visit www.supershuttle.com for more information.

 

Minneapolis- Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35 - $45 Price subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 25 minutes. Could vary due to traffic. 

   

Taxi service at the Lindbergh Terminal is accessible via the Tram Level. Signs direct passengers one level up to the cab starter booth, where airport staff will assist passengers in obtaining a taxi. At the Humphrey Terminal, taxi service is available at the Humphrey Ground Transport Center, which is located in the Humphrey Parking ramp on Level 1. A $6.50 fare will be displayed on the meter at the onset of your trip. This fee includes a $2.50 flag drop and a $4 airport access fee.

 

Minneapolis- Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
MetroTransit Light Rail
phone: 612-373-3333

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$1.75 to $2.25 depending on time of travel
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

41 minutes plus walking time 

   

The Amtrak station, Union Depot, is located in St. Paul. For more information on fares and schedules, contact Amtrak at 1-800-872-7245 or visit www.amtrak.com. We suggest you allow extra time if traveling by train. Take the Green Line from Union Depot to Government Plaza Station (located at 352 South 5th St). Walk three blocks (0.3 miles) southwest along 4th Ave to the hotel. You must pay for your ride before boarding the train. Visit www.metrotransit.org for more information.

 

Minneapolis- Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes (could be more due to traffic) 

 

Distance:

 

10.5 miles

   

The Amtrak station, Union Depot, is located at 240 Kellogg Boulevard East in St. Paul. For more information on fares and schedules, contact Amtrak at 1-800-872-7245 or visit www.amtrak.com. Take a taxi from the station to the hotel. One local taxi company is City Wide 651-489-1111. We suggest you allow extra time if traveling by train.

 

Minneapolis- Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

   

The Greyhound bus station is located at 950 Hawthorne Ave in Minneapolis, less than 1 mile from the hotel. For information on fares and schedule, contact Greyhound at 1-800-231-2222 or visit www.greyhound.com. Catch a taxi to the hotel.

 
Driving Directions
  Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites (Minneapolis, MN) I-35W headed South Follow I-35W South into Minneapolis Exit at Washington Ave Turn right onto Washington Ave Follow Washington Ave. forward to Portland Ave Turn left on Portland Ave Follow Portland Ave. forward to 9th St Turn right onto 9th St Go 1-1/2 blocks Turn right into hotel parking lot
  Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites (Minneapolis, MN) I-35W heading North Follow sign for 'Downtown Exits' Take 5th Ave exit At second light (9th St) turn left The hotel entrance is immediately to the right
  Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites (Minneapolis, MN) I-394 heading East Take 12th St exit Turn left onto 3rd Ave Turn right onto 10th St Turn left onto 5th Ave Turn left onto 9th St The hotel entrance is immediately to the right
  Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites (Minneapolis, MN) I-94 heading East Take 4th St N exit Turn right onto Portland Ave Turn right onto 9th St The hotel parking lot will be 1.5 blocks on your right
  Best Western Normandy Inn & Suites (Minneapolis, MN) I-94 heading West Take the Fifth Street Exit Turn left onto Portland Ave Turn right onto 9th St The hotel parking lot will be 1.5 blocks on your right
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival and Check-in / Program Registration / Orientation / Welcome Dinner / Twin Cities "Arts Explosion"
(Tuesday, June 23)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m. Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. The Road Scholar table will be staffed from 4:00 p.m. through 4:30 p.m. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

Orientation: Following registration, our Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. We will also take a few minutes to select our lunch menu for the Day 4 field trip to the Guthrie Theater.

Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.
 Dinner: At the hotel's Normandy Kitchen restaurant, enjoy a plated dinner including a salad, entrée, side dish, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, soft drinks, and water; other beverages available for purchase.
 Evening: At the hotel, an arts expert will join for an overview the Twin Cities' "Arts Explosion" that has made Minneapolis-St. Paul a cultural mecca.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Historical Minneapolis / City of Lakes Field Trip / Minneapolis Institute of Arts
(Wednesday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: At our hotel, the breakfast buffet offers a revolving choice of scrambled eggs or oatmeal along with breads, yogurt, fruit, and cereal, plus coffee, tea, milk, juice, and water.
 Morning: We'll meet today's local expert, a former University Minnesota professor and author, who will lead a stimulating discussion of historical Minneapolis, to set the stage for our "City of Lakes" field trip.

Then we'll hop aboard our motorcoach, joined by another local expert, for first-hand insights into the city's history and local lore. There are 22 lakes within the city limits, making Minneapolis a truly "green" urban environment.
 Lunch: At a favorite local eatery, we'll choose from a select menu of soups and entrées, plus coffee, tea, soft drinks, and water; other beverages available for purchase.
 Afternoon: We'll hop back on our coach for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and its vast collection spanning 5,000 years of world art and culture...an art lover's paradise. Expert art docents will take us on a custom-designed exploration of the Institute's major collections, followed by time on your own to explore Chinese bronzes, Rembrandts, El Grecos, Frank Lloyd Wright furniture, a Chinese reception hall, and Egyptian mummies. There are 80,000 works of art at the Institute, so you won't run out of things to see.

We return to the hotel with time to freshen up and relax before dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner tonight will be at an elegant downtown restaurant, Atlas Grill. We will choose from a selection of plated entrée options accompanied by a side salad and dessert. Coffee, tea and sodas are included. Other beverages available for purchase.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Riverfront Walk / Minneapolis Sculpture Garden / Walker Art Center / American Swedish Institute
(Thursday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: First, our local expert will take us on a refreshing and informative Riverfront Walk, where we'll learn more about the city's architecture and history. Then take a motorcoach to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, largest urban sculpture garden in the U.S.. and stroll through its 11 acres and more than 40 works with a local expert. You'll see Frank Gehry's "Standing Fish," the Minneapolis iconic sculpture "Spoonbridge and Cherry," and other delights.

Across the street is the Walker Art Center, known as one of the best contemporary art museums in the United States. We'll go inside with a museum docent to study its unique architectural design and world-famous art collection. Then we'll hop on our motorcoach for a short drive to the American Swedish Institute.
 Lunch: At the American Swedish Institute, enjoy with a smörgåsbord buffet of traditional Swedish dishes, plus soft drinks and water.
 Afternoon: With our expert historian, we'll go back in time at the Institute's magnificent 1908 French Chateau-style Turnblad Mansion, former home to Swedish immigrant and newspaperman Swan J. Turnblad. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this historic house, museum and cultural center celebrates Swedish, Swedish-American, and Nordic culture. With its intricate stone carvings, steeply pitched roofs, gargoyles, and turrets, the mansion's exterior resembles a castle. Inside, history comes alive as our expert takes us through its beautiful blend of period rooms and exhibit galleries showcasing art and artifacts selected from the Institute's vast permanent collection.

Returning to the hotel, you'll have the remainder of the afternoon free to relax or explore on your own.
 Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Guthrie Theater Field Trip / Preview of Tonight's Play / Theater Performance
(Friday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We'll take our motorcoach to the beautiful Guthrie Theater, where a dramatic theater experience awaits. A local expert will begin our day with the story of Sir Tyrone Guthrie himself. Why did he choose to build his grand theater in Minneapolis above all other cities? Then, we'll head backstage to the theater's state-of-the-art costume and scene shops, to see for ourselves how the Guthrie has taken stagecraft to a new level. As we walk, our expert will point out the architectural mastery the theater, which won the 2008 Pritzker Award (the world's most prestigious architectural prize) for its brilliant design. Its cantilevered endless bridge, twilight blue metal facade, and two-story-high steel panels with images from previous Guthrie performances all exclaim a fascinating artistry.
 Lunch: At Sea Change, the fine dining restaurant within the Guthrie, we'll enjoy the meals we selected during orientation. Beverage choices include coffee, tea, soft drinks, water; other beverages available for purchase.
 Afternoon: We'll continue at the Guthrie as our expert prepares us for this evening's performance with a thorough discussion about how the play, actors, and stagecraft create a sum greater than any single part.
 Dinner: At the well-known Christos Restaurant, we'll experience the fine ethnic cuisine of the Twin Cities with your choice of several 3-course Greek specialties, plus coffee, tea, soft drinks, water; other beverages available for purchase.
 Evening: Performance at the Guthrie. Tonight you will be delighted by 'Music Man'. Meredith Wilson's clever and touching musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. www.guthrietheater.org
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Speaker - Theater in the Twin Cities / Weisman Art Museum / Foshay Tower / Treasures of St Paul / Musical Performance
(Saturday, June 27)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: We have three gems to explore today before our evening musical performance. A theater expert will join us after breakfast for a presentation about the Twin Cities' diverse theater scene, second only to New York. Learn about the innovative and progressive work being done at theaters like the award-winning Penumbra Theater, the country's largest African American Theater.

Then, we'll take a bus to the Weisman Art Museum, housed in Frank Gehry's 1993 architectural marvel. With a docent, we'll view the exciting new addition, just completed in 2011.
 Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like. We'll be at the Nicollet Mall, where you'll have options galore.
 Afternoon: We'll take a short walk to Foshay Tower and "top off" the afternoon and our understanding of the expansive growth of Minneapolis at one of the city's first skyscrapers. From the top of the tower, history unfolds before us with an unparalleled comparison of Minneapolis past and present.

Then we'll take our motorcoach to St. Paul, where a local expert will introduce us to some of the special treasures of the other Twin City.
 Dinner: At the Downtowner Woodfire Grill in St. Paul, enjoy a plated dinner from a select menu including salad, entrée, and dessert, plus tea, coffee, soft drinks, and water; other beverages available for purchase.
 Evening: Tonight we will delight in a spectacular musical performance by the charming baroque ensemble, Flying Forms. Their passion for performing early chamber music and their collaboration with prominent musicians and dancers is earning them national recognition. Tonight we have an exclusive Road Scholar only performance.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap-Up Discussion / Program Concludes
(Sunday, June 28)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Our Group Leader will host a wrap-up discussion to review all we have experienced and learned in the Twin Cities. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Minneapolis, MN American Swedish Institute
In 1908, the Turnblads–a Swedish immigrant family–completed the construction of their castle-like mansion on Minneapolis' Park Avenue. Just twenty-one years later, they gave it all away to the community, founding the museum and cultural center that would become the American Swedish Institute.

Today, the American Swedish Institute, housed in the Turnblad Mansion, is a place to learn about and experience Swedish, Swedish-American, and Nordic culture, learn about the role of Swedish and other immigrants in Minnesota's history, and share stories and experiences.

Information from www.americanswedishinst.org. For additional information call 612-871-4907 or visit their website. For additional information, visit www.americanswedishinst.org

  Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
The Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is operated by the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department. The zoo features a seal island, a large cat exhibit, a variety of aquatic life, primates, birds, African hoofed animals and a world class polar bear exhibit. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is a half acre indoor and outdoor facility with a number of different wings dedicated to a variety of plant life including bonsai trees, ferns, orchids and seasonal flowers. Information from www.comozooconservatory.org. For additional information call 651-487-8200 or visit their website. For additional information, visit www.comozooconservatory.org
  Guthrie Theater
While the Guthrie Theater's mission and artistic excellence have remained constant, much has changed over the past four decades. What began as a summer season of four productions supported by a minimal staff is now a complex organization employing more than 900 people per year. As the Guthrie entered the millennium, plans began to build a new multistage theater center on the banks of the Mississippi River. It opened June 25, 2006, and the complex includes three stages: a classic thrust stage for the grand-scale classics of the centuries, a proscenium stage for the more intimate classics of this century, and a studio theater for developing the classics of tomorrow. Information from www.guthrietheater.org. For additional information call 612-225-6000 or visit their website. For additional information, visit www.guthrietheater.org
  James J. Hill House
Completed in 1891, the James J. Hill House, in St. Paul, was the largest and most expensive home in Minnesota. It contained 36,000 square feet on five floors including 13 bathrooms, 22 fireplaces, 16 crystal chandeliers, a two-story skylit art gallery, a 100-foot reception hall, and a profusion of elaborately carved oak and mahogany woodwork. Sophisticated technical systems throughout the mansion provided central heating, gas and electric lighting, plumbing, ventilation, security, and communication. Information from www.mnhs.org/places/sites/jjhh/. For additional information call 651-297-2555 or visit their website. For additional information, visit www.mnhs.org/places/sites/jjhh/
  Lyndale Park Rose Garden
Showcasing 3,000 plants in 100 different varieties, the Lyndale Park Rose Garden is the second oldest public rose garden in the United States. Located near the northeast corner of Lake Harriet, the 1.5 acre garden was designated an official All America Rose Selections (AARS) test rose garden in 1946. Information from www.minneapolisparks.org. For additional information call 612-230-6400 or visit their website. For additional information, visit www.minneapolisparks.org
  Mall of America
As one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, Mall of America features 520 stores, 50 restaurants and attractions galore, including Nickelodeon Universe, the nation's largest theme park. Plus, there's no sales tax on clothing or shoes in Minnesota! Information from www.mallofamerica.com. For additional information call 952-883-8800 or visit their website. For additional information, visit www.mallofamerica.com
  Minneapolis Institute of Arts
In 1883, twenty-five citizens of Minneapolis founded the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, committing them to bringing the arts into the life of their community. More than a century later, the museum they created, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, stands as a monument to a remarkable history of civic involvement and cultural achievement. The MIA's permanent collection has grown from eight hundred works of art to around eighty thousand objects. The MIA has seven curatorial areas: Arts of Africa & the Americas; Contemporary Art; Decorative Arts, Textiles & Sculpture; Asian Art; Paintings; Photography and New Media; Prints and Drawings; and Textiles. Information from www.artsmia.org. For additional information call 612-870-3131 or visit their website. For additional information, visit www.artsmia.org
  Minneapolis Park & Recreation
Minneapolis Park and Recreation is one of the premier park systems in the United States. Its picturesque lakes, neighborhood parks, recreation centers and diversified programming have made the park system an important component of what makes Minneapolis a great place to live, play and work. The Minneapolis Park System consists of 182 park properties, including local and regional parks, playgrounds, golf courses, gardens, picnic areas, biking and walking paths, nature sanctuaries and the 55-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. Together, these properties total nearly 6,732 acres of land and water. Information from www.minneapolisparks.org. For additional information call 612-230-6400 or visit their website. For additional information, visit www.minneapolisparks.org
  Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of Minnesota's crown jewels and its centerpiece, the Spoonbridge and Cherry, has become a Minnesota icon. The Sculpture Garden is essentially a free museum in a park, uniting two of Minnesota's most cherished resources–its greenspace and its cultural life. Information from garden.walkerart.org. For additional information, call 612-375-7600 or visit their website. For additional information, visit garden.walkerart.org
  Minnesota History Center
The Minnesota History Center houses a museum, library, classrooms, conference rooms, an auditorium, two museum stores and the renowned Café Minnesota. The museum's innovative, interactive exhibits showcase the collections. Visitors can climb aboard a 24-ton box car or experience the extremes of Minnesota weather in a multimedia show that recreates the power of a tornado. Information from www.mnhs.org/historycenter. For additional information call 651-296-3000 or visit their website. For additional information, visit www.mnhs.org/historycenter
  Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
The Arboretum, in Chanhassen, features more than 1,000 acres of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas-from woodlands and wetlands to prairie-with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants. Tour the Arboretum on 12.5 miles of garden paths and hiking trails. Information from www.arboretum.umn.edu. For additional information call 952-443-1400 or visit their website. For additional information, visit www.arboretum.umn.edu
  Paradise Cruises
Paradise Charter Cruises and Minneapolis Queen offer sightseeing cruises, scenic tours and private charters on Lake Minnetonka and the Mississippi River. Take a narrated sightseeing cruise on the historic Minneapolis Queen Paddleboat, a 100' modern day replica of the grand riverboats that used to ply the Mississippi River. Information from www.twincitiescruises.com. For additional information call 888-559-8058 or visit their website. For additional information, visit www.twincitiescruises.com
  Walker Art Center
Formally established in 1927, the Walker Art Center became the first public art gallery in the Upper Midwest. The museum's focus on modern art began in the 1940s, when a gift from Mrs. Gilbert Walker made possible the acquisition of works by important artists of the day, including sculptures by Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, and others. Today the Walker Art Center ranks among the five most-visited modern/contemporary art museums in the United States. Information from www.walkerart.org. For additional information call 612-375-7600 or visit their website. For additional information, visit www.walkerart.org
  Weisman Art Museum
Housed in a striking stainless steel and brick building designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum offers an educational and friendly museum experience. The museum's collection features early twentieth-century American artists, such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Marsden Hartley, as well as a diverse selection of ceramics and contemporary art. Information provided by www.weisman.umn.edu. For additional information call 612-625-9494 or visit their website. For additional information, visit www.weisman.umn.edu
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Suggested Reading List


AIA Guide to the Twin Cities: The Essential Source on the Architecture of Minneapolis and St. Paul


Author: Larry Millett


Back to the Cabin


Author: Dale Mulfinger


Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook (1950)


Author: Betty Crocker


Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians


Author: Anton Treuer


Great Houses of Summit Avenue and the Hill District


Author: Karen Melvin


Leaving Rollingstone


Author: Kevin Fenton


Main Street


Author: Sinclair Lewis


Minneapolis Madams: The Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront


Author: Penny Petersen


Minnesota's 20th Century: Stories of Extraordinary Everyday People


Author: D.J. Tice and Richard Olsenius


Non-Stop: A Turbulent History of Northwest Airlines


Author: Jack El Hai


O What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound


Author: Garrison Keillor


Pontoon: A Lake Wobegon Novel


Author: Garrison Keillor


Rez Life


Author: David Treuer


St. Paul Union Depot


Author: John Diers


Staggerford


Author: Jon Hassler


Storm Front


Author: John Sandford


Tamarack County


Author: William Kent Krueger


The Florist's Daughter


Author: Patricia Hampl


The Great Gatsby


Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald


The North Star State: A Minnesota History Reader


Author: Anne Aby, ed.


Through No Fault of My Own: A Girl's Diary of Life on Summit Avenue in the Jazz Age


Author: Coco Irvine


Vacationland


Author: Sarah Stonich




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