Women of Lake Street exhibited

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Women who have changed the face of Lake Street—including those behind Old Arizona Studios, Resource Center for the Americas and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre—will be feted Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. with a reception at the Blue Moon Coffee Café, 3822 E. Lake St.

It’s all part of a series of presentations by Macalaster College and the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) on women artists and activists in the East Lake Street area, including performances at Patrick’s Cabaret and an exhibit at the Blue Moon.

For the project, Macalester junior Alissa Ridenour chose to profile Marie Braun for her work with Women Against Military Madness and Joan of Arc Church, and the Wednesday peace vigils she organized on the Lake Street Bridge.

Braun is “making history,” says Ridenour. “People drive by her and don’t realize that. They think of history as something that happened 100 years ago.”

Why Lake Street? It’s close to Macalaster, says Paul Schadewald, associate director for civic engagement. And “it’s an interesting neighborhood that’s seen so much change,” adds MHS’s Benjamin Filene, senior exhibit developer.

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