Share Dinkytown stories at a reunion this weekend

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If you have Dinkytown memories and stories, you’re invited to share them this weekend at a couple of events and to reminisce about the area’s past and discuss its future.

“You can think of this event like a reunion of old networks from the ‘60s and ‘70s and a starting place for the reunion of pieces of the Dinkytown history that needs to be told – before it’s too late,” said Kristen Eide-Tollefson, event organizer and owner of the Book House bookstore.

The event celebrates the creation of Preserve Historic Dinkytown, a new Minnesota nonprofit organization, Eide-Tollefson said.

The main event, a Dinkytown Reunion, will run from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 23, at the Varsity Theater, 1308 Fourth St. S.E. Cost is $10 for the buffet or $25 to join a table celebrating a Dinkytown memory, like McCosh’s Bookstore, University/Marshall U High School, The Ten O’Clock Scholar, or Al’s Breakfast.

Tickets are available here.

The program will feature Minnesota singers Willie Murphy (http://www.williemurphy.net) and Pop Wagner (popwagner.com), a clip from Film Society founder Al Milgrom’s new documentary on the Red Barn protests of the 1970, updates on the city’s historic designation study of the area, and information on the creation of a Dinkytown archive.

“Attendees are invited to share their stories by signing up for a quick, 5- to 10-minute interview and to bring their Dinkytown memorabilia to share for exhibit and/or donating for archives,” Eide-Tollefson said.

On the previous evening, the role of churches in social change from the 1950s through the 1970s will be discussed at a potluck supper from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, November 22, at University Baptist Church, 1219 University Ave. S.E.

This event is free; reservations are not required and guests are asked to bring a dish to share. It is hosted by the Reverends Bill Teska and Doug Donley and will feature writer-artist Nor Hall and antiwar protester Don Olson, a member of the “Minnesota Eight.”

On other occasions, people can visit the Book House to donate material for local archives, such as memorabilia, papers, poems, letters, films, electronic documents, photographs, film, video, posters, diaries, books, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, buttons, and music.

Eide-Tollefson said items will be documented and returned, or they may be directly donated for future archival preservation, to Preserve Historic Dinkytown c/o The Book House in Dinkytown, 1316 4th Street Southeast, Suite 201, Minneapolis, MN 55414-2078.

More information is at www.preservedinkytown.wordpress.com.


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