“Right on Lake Street" was a collaborative exhibit developed by the Minnesota Historical Society and Macalester College, with design work provided by In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre.
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Share a memory or story about a place along Lake Street.
- Schatzlein's Saddle Shop
- I went into Schatzlein's in the summer of 2003 to just look around. Immediately I spotted a glorious red cowboy shirt with gold musical notes sewn into the shoulders. I was tempted to buy it immediately, but put off doing so for almost a week, until I couldn't resist. Along with it I bought a large white ten-gallon hat and brown cowboy boots. Within six months I had taught myself how to twirl a pistol and yodel, and by the following Christmas I had developed a singing cowboy act that I debuted at the Blue Barn Theatre in Omaha, Neb. A lesson that just wandering into a business on Lake Street can transform your life.
- Max Sparber, Minneapolis
Lake Street USA Book
Lake Street USA
In summer and fall of 2000, photographer Wing Young Huie displayed 675 black and white images taken along Lake Street in Minneapolis along six miles of the same street, transforming it into one of the largest photography exhibitions ever displayed in a public space.
Lake Street USA - Purchase Book
Take A Ride On The 21A
Picture of exhibit showing Sears/Midtown Building, Rialto Theater, Avalon Theater
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Places Along Lake Street
Lake Street Places, Past and Present
- Rialto Theatre, 735 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota (razed)
- Michael's Hip Hop Shop, 736 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Robert's Shoe Store, 740 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Sears Building, 900 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Division of Indian Work, 1001 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Avalon Theatre, 1500 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Ingebretsen's, 1601 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Northland Poster Collective, 1613 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Pizza Shack, 1623 E Lake, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Gustavus Adolphus Society, 1628 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Minnehaha Grill, 2629 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Coliseum Building, 2700 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Town Talk Diner, 2701 East Lake Street, Minneapolis,Minnesota
- Northern Sun Merchandising, 2916 E Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Suuqa Karmel, 2944 Pillsbury Ave S , Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Layman's Cemetery, 2945 Cedar Avenue South, Minneapolis Minnesota
- Calhoun Square, 3000 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Schatzlein's Saddle Shop, 413 W Lake St, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- It's Greek to Me, 626 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W Lake Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lake Street Neighborhoods
About Right on Lake Street
About Lake Street
Lake Street, a six-mile corridor linking St. Paul and Minneapolis, encompasses 14 neighborhoods and is one of Minneapolis’ most important commercial districts. Lake Street began as the path to the lakes, but for the last century and a half it has been so much more – an entry point for new arrivals, a thoroughfare for those on their way, a boundary line dividing neighborhoods, and a meeting ground bringing diverse ethnic groups together. It has been an economic engine and, at times, a casualty of transformations bigger than itself. Whether an avenue for success, a crossroads or the end of the line, Lake Street has always brought into relief the rich dynamics of a city on the move.
About The Project
In September 2004, the Minnesota Historical Society and Macalester College began exploring ways to partner with local communities to enrich public life and to tell the story, past and present, of one of Minneapolis’ most diverse and ever-changing streets. Students in 12 Macalester classes conducted research projects, between 2004-2007, that engaged residents and organizations on Lake Street. The Lake Street Council advised students on their research and helped bridge connections to community organizations. The student projects covered topics ranging from geography and economics to women’s studies and GIS mapping, many of which provided content for the exhibit, this wiki and the 21A - Right on Lake Street interactive web site.
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre joined the project in 2006 to give the exhibit its distinctive visual look. Using papier-mâché, felt, fabric, wire and other set-building materials, In the Heart of the Beast designers, along with Society exhibit developers, are creating a colorful and interactive gallery experience like nothing ever seen before in the Twin Cities. Colorful models re-imagine historic and contemporary buildings, including the Wonderland Rollercoaster from the early 1900s and Calhoun Square from today.
“Right on Lake Street” is not a comprehensive history of Lake Street told by professional historians. Instead, Macalester students were encouraged to explore Lake Street and create projects that highlight the connections between people and place.