The Women of Lake Street
The exhibit opens at the Blue Moon Coffee Café December 10 with a reception
from 7:30 - 10 p.m. when the public can meet the students and the women they
profiled who they will introduce at the reception.

Also on Dec. 10, Patrick's Cabaret is hosting a public performance from 1 -
3 p.m. another part of the project.

The "Women in Politics" student papers will be featured online within the
next week at: Macalester.edu/LakeStreetWomen.

Excerpts from full article in the Pulse - December 7th.  Available on line.
Groundbreaking on Lake Street is occurring on more levels than meet the eye.
Besides undergoing renewal for the first time in more than 40 years, it's
inspiring renewal in the way history is learned. An exhibit revealing women
politicians, activists and artists changing the face of Lake Street is
opening Dec. 10 at the Blue Moon Coffee Cafe, Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Historical Society and Macalester College is engaged in a one
and a half year collaborative partnership to design and display small-scale
community history projects along Lake Street. MHS's Senior Exhibit Developer
Benjamin Filene said the project comes out of a shared desire of MHS and
Paul Schadewald of Macalester's Community Service Office to connect to the
communities in which they're based. The dramatic changes Lake Street is
undergoing make it an ideal area for the project to cover.
 The first project is "Women Politicians, Activists, and Artists on Lake
Street," being completed by Adrienne Christiansen's class on "Women in
Politics." For this project, Christiansen assigned the students to profile
one woman politician, activist or artist on Lake Street they view as shaping
the community. Students collected their subject's oral history, news and
photographs for a paper to be featured on a Macalester website and an
month-long exhibit at the Blue Moon Coffee Café, then possibly at the Old
Arizona Theater, and ultimately at the History Center. Their exhibits will
be featured there with other elements of the multi-part project involving
six Macalester such as documentary films, footage of Lake Street related
dance and theater performances, and an exhibit project focusing on merchants
and entrepreneurs of Mercado Central.

Student Jessie Hasken said students were instructed by Christiansen to take
a bus down Lake Street, get off at a place that looked interesting, dig
around and find a woman they were interested in profiling. Jessie Hasken
went to the Reuse Center, where she learned of four-term at-large Park Board
Commissioner Annie Young and her work as founder and the first program
coordinator of the Green Institute, an environmentally friendly business
incubator. Hasken was intrigued with Young's vision that "extended far
beyond the Green Institute." The Garbage Transfer site became the location
of the Phillips Eco-Enterprise Center, a result of Young's work with the
Green Institute it houses. Hasken said of the student project, "There are
times it goes so well and you're so excited; sometimes you hit a wall. It's
hard to change gears from writing academic papers and writing for a broader
audience." She said she's gained greater appreciation for people who compile
historic works as a result of the project.

Other women profiled by Christiansen's students are: Representative Karen
Clark and Senator Linda Berglin, both serving the Lake Street area district;
Joan Vanhalla, a community activist; Teresa Ortiz, director of Worker's
Rights Center located in the Resource Center of the Americas; Rosita Balch,
community outreach coordinator of the Resource Center of the Americas;
Theresa Nelson, Midtown Greenway Project artistic director; Marie Braun, who
works with Women against Military Madness and organized the Lake Street
Bridge protest vigils occurring weekly since the Iraq sanctions; Brigid
McDonald, CSJ, an "extraordinary" peace activist with The Sisters of St.
Joseph of Carondelet; Darcy Knight, who founded Old Arizona Theater; Wendy
Knox, founder/director of Frank Theater, producing site-specific plays; and
Sandy Spieler, director of In the Heart of the Beast Theater.


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