Four Local History Favorites!

Save the date for a book signing with four local history favorites!

Join Iric Nathanson , Pete Richie and Cedar Imboden Phillips

Saturday January 31st from 1- 3-PM
at the Calhoun Village Barnes and Noble


The Minneapolis Riverfront


With the Mississippi River’s only true waterfalls at its front door, Minneapolis harnessed the power of the falls to become an international milling center. Changing market conditions, though, forced Minnesota’s largest city to give up its preeminent position in the milling world after World War I. As the local milling industry gradually faded away, Minneapolis turned its back on its riverfront origins. By 1950, a once-bustling commercial area along the banks of the Mississippi had become an industrial wasteland. Then, a decade later, the seeds of renewal were planted when some urban pioneers recognized the potential of this long-ignored historic district. By the first decade of the 21st century, the riverfront had reemerged as a vibrant residential, cultural, and recreational center.


Images of America: The Minneapolis Riverfront provides a sweeping view of the area during its cycles of growth, decline, and rebirth. The images are provided by the Hennepin County Library Special Collections, the Minnesota Historical Society, the Hennepin History Museum, and the author’s own camera. Iric Nathanson writes and lectures about Minnesota history. He is the author of Minneapolis in the Twentieth Century: The Growth of an American City, a Minnesota Book Award finalist in 2010.



Robbinsdale was named for entrepreneur, politician, and real estate developer Andrew B. Robbins. While serving in the Minnesota State Senate, Robbins often passed through the area just north of Minneapolis by train. Impressed by the landscape, he purchased 90 acres of rolling hills and lakes. In 1887, he platted a tract called Robbinsdale Park. Five years later, the development was incorporated as a village bearing his name. Robbins worked tirelessly to attract residents, business, and industry. When the transit company refused to extend a streetcar line to the area, he built his own. City dwellers came out in droves to enjoy hunting, fishing, boating, and the bathing beaches on Robbinsdale’s lakes. In the 1920s, the village gained notoriety with every new issue of Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang. Created by local veteran Wilford Hamilton Fawcett, the little humor magazine launched a publishing empire. Along with the rest of the country, Robbinsdale grew up in the 20th century, but the first suburb of Minneapolis still feels like the small town Andrew B. Robbins dreamed up more than a century ago.


Inspired by an afternoon visit to the Robbinsdale Historical Society Museum, author Pete Richie started volunteering for the organization. Images of America: Robbinsdale showcases many of the historical society’s photographic treasures.




Lyn-Lake and Uptown Minneapolis

The Lyn-Lake area of Minneapolis, centered around the intersection of Lyndale Avenue and West Lake Street, is one of the city’s most distinctive neighborhoods. The core commercial district is one of the oldest in South Minneapolis, thanks in part to its strategic location along several early streetcar lines. A rail line along Twenty-ninth Street, now the Midtown Greenway, brought an industrial element to the neighborhood and provided additional jobs for the thousands of residents who lived in the surrounding houses and apartment buildings. As the neighborhood evolved, it took on a distinctive bohemian bent and filled with a diverse mix of artists, musicians, and writers living side by side with blue-collar industrial workers, along with those who worked at professional office jobs downtown. Lyn-Lake retains its unique flavor today, characterized by its blend of both the historical and the cutting edge.


One of Minneapolis’ most celebrated communities, Uptown is a distinct group of four vibrant neighborhoods that have long offered a host of cultural treasures to residents and visitors alike. In addition to the entertainment provided by the area’s nightspots and lakes, Uptown also has a long history of presenting its residents with a wide range of housing choices, schools,churches and temples, parks, restaurants, and stores. This book uses rare photographs to document and celebrate Uptown’s development from a 19th-century summer retreat and agricultural area into a thriving metropolitan business, entertainment, and residential district. From the Minneapolis Arena-home to the Minneapolis millers and the Ice Follies-to Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles, and from historic homes and majestic theaters to the Buzza greeting card factory. Uptown Minneapolis takes readers on a scenic journey through the heritage of this much-loved community.


Local authors Thatcher Imboden and Cedar Imboden Phillips draw upon both private and public collections to bring together this compilation of seldom-seen images from Lyn-Lake’s long and often quirky past. Cedar Phillips is an author, independent historian and director of the Hennepin History Museum. Thatcher Imboden is a local business district leader and a Minneapolis commercial real estate development specialist. The siblings grew up in the area and together authored Images of America: Uptown Minneapolis, also published by Arcadia Publishing.