hat follows is a list of upcoming events of interest to members of the Twin Cities Bungalow Club. Some are sponsored by the Bungalow Club and some are not.
Minnesota Historical Society Events
The venerable Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) usually has dozens of events scheduled for the coming months. Visit the MNHS website for additional details.
Saturday, April 8 through Monday, September 4, 2017
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul
The World War I era—1914 to 1919—was a transformational time for America. The nation emerged as a confident global superpower while deep divisions and conflict at home threatened to tear the nation apart.
This major new exhibit created by the Minnesota Historical Society opens during the centennial of America’s involvement in WWI. Through original artifacts, images, voices, music, interactives and multimedia, WWI America tells the extraordinary stories of Americans during a transformational era in our history.
- Explore themes and major movements in depth—from immigration, racial politics, women’s suffrage, the Great Migration, Prohibition and the 1918 influenza pandemic, to daily life and popular culture.
- View dozens of original artifacts from museums around the country, including a WWI machine gun, a deck chair from the RMS Lusitania, President Woodrow Wilson’s hat, and Houdini’s handcuffs.
- Discover stories of the legendary and unsung Americans who shaped our history, from pacifists to presidents.
- Discover how the war transformed our nation into a world leader—at a time when our country was split by divisions over citizenship, nationhood and identity that are strikingly relevant now.
66 Malcolm Ave. S., Minneapolis
Fee $18; enroll online
Dive into the world of historic Arts & Crafts stenciling with nationally recognized stencil artist Amy Miller. Amy will talk about the history of stenciling from 1900 – 1925 and the signature nature-inspired styles found on walls, table linens, clothing, curtains and more. See some of these vintage creations first-hand and learn how you can adapt this decorative art for use in your own home. Co-sponsored by Minneapolis Public Schools and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.
THE TWIN CITIES BUNGALOW CLUB PRESENTS:
2017 Twin Cities Bungalow Club Home Tour
Bungalow Club members free; non-members $5
Tour starting address to be announced
It’s a new year, and you know what that means—another of our legendary bungalow tours is on the horizon. We’ve already got a couple of house slated for the tour, and they’re beauties. But we need a few more!
Do you have a charming bungalow or other early 20th century house? Do you appreciate other homeowners who put their houses on tours so you can benefit from their ideas and enthusiasm? Then you may be a candidate for the 2017 Bungalow Club’s spring home tour. We couldn’t do it without the generosity of homeowners!
Contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (612-724-5816).
Offered by Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
Hennepin History Museum
2303 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis
Admission $20; register online
Why were so many Minnesota homes built in the 1920s? We’ll dig into that question and examine the variety of architecture created here during the “Roaring Twenties.”
Architectural features (think built-in buffets and three-season porches), construction trends, and societal context will help to explain this decade-long housing boom. You will learn about common and popular house styles; who was building them; the neighborhoods they formed; and what distinctive elements made these dwellings desirable.
This class is taught by architectural historian Alyssa Auten.
Wells Fargo Center
90 South 7th St., Minneapolis
In U.S. and European decorative arts, Britain led the way in modern design. Designers and makers who were part of the English Arts & Crafts movement wanted to provide handmade—and often luxurious and expensive—alternatives to mass-produced goods. Standards were set and maintained by the Guild of Handicraft led by Charles Robert Ashbee. London department store Liberty’s of London sold handmade and unique objects made by British craftsmen and women. This exhibition shows the dominance of Britain during this era.
Hennepin County Fix-It Clinics
Hennepin County Environmental Services
Sewing machine won’t sew? Toaster won’t toast? Toy helicopter won’t fly? Don’t throw it out! Bring your broken household appliances, electronics, mobile devices, toys and clothing in need of repair to a Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic.
Skilled volunteers will provide free, guided assistance to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix these items. Bring any tools and supplies you think might help with the job.
You will learn valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, build community connections, and reduce the number of repairable objects that are thrown in the trash. Events are first come, first served.
Fix-It Clinics are held monthly at locations throughout the county. More details and upcoming dates and locations available online.
Fix-It Clinics teach valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, build community connections, and reduce the number of repairable objects that are thrown in the trash. Events are first come, first served.
Volunteer fixers are needed to make this initiative a success. Volunteers should have skills in soldering, electronics and electrical repair, computer repair, sewing, or general tinkering, and have a strong desire to teach and empower people.
Contact Nancy Lo at email@example.com or 612-348-9195 with questions or to volunteer.
Ramsey County Fix-It Clinics
Ramsey County residents who have broken household items can now get them repaired for free at monthly Fix-It Clinics being held at libraries and other civic buildings. Items to bring include electronics, clothing, appliances, light fixtures, and other items “small enough to carry.”
Started in July 2015, the clinics are managed by the Ramsey County Public Health Department and follow a successful program underway in Hennepin County.
The clinics will be held one Saturday a month in 2016 at various locations. Details available online. If you can troubleshoot repairs for broken items, consider volunteering at a Fix-It Clinic. Volunteer fixers who have skills in soldering, electronics repair, electrical repair, sewing, wood working and general tinkering are essential to making the clinics successful. Email AskEH@co.ramsey.mn.us or call 651-266-1199 for details and to sign up.
Classes Offered by Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) offers classes in four series—Homeowner, Professional, Old Home Certified and Community. From hands-on workshops to behind-the-scenes tours, from state-approved continuing education to specialized courses, PAM delivers unique and unparalleled preservation-based education.
Bungalow Club members will be especially interested in the Homeowner series. Classes and workshops such as “Repairing Old Windows” and “Refinishing Wood Floors” will help you better understand and maintain your home.
Check the PAM website (under the “Services” tab) for the listing of upcoming classes and workshops. Whether you’re discovering how to identify an architectural style, drain a radiator or use historic tax credits, PAM makes it easy to sign up for an affordable learning experience. PAM members receive a 15 percent discount on classes!