Exhibit Reveals History of U of M West Bank Neighborhoods

West Bank Exhibit. The rich history of the communities surrounding the west bank of the Twin Cities campus is explored in "Community/University: Students Explore West Bank History," an exhibition sponsored by the Department of History and the University Libraries and featuring projects by undergraduate students enrolled in a public history course at the U. The exhibit opened Dec. 21, 2005 and runs through Jan. 27, 2006, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the exhibit gallery of Elmer L. Andersen Library, 222 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
West Bank history exhibit

Among the projects on display are a multimedia installation on the Cedar-Riverside music scene, from folk to punk, that features a documentary film containing interviews with musicians and fans; an exhibit that traces the fascinating process of researching and developing Bedlam Theatre's musical, "West Bank Story," which is based on Cedar-Riverside history; and an installation on the history of Little Earth, a community of urban Indians from 48 tribes and the only non-profit corporation in the nation to provide urban Native-controlled housing. The Little Earth installation was developed in collaboration with students and Little Earth residents.

The class emphasized the ways in which historical knowledge enhances community viability and civic engagement, according to Kevin Murphy, the history professor who taught the course. The students conducted primary and secondary research using interviews, published materials, and unique collections from the University Archives, which are also located in Andersen Library.

"Through the course, students put their academic skills to work to bring community history alive and to make connections between the university and the West Bank neighborhood," said M. J. Maynes, department of history chair. "This exhibit offers evidence of the exciting new opportunities available to undergraduates, experiences that will be valuable for a whole range of future careers."

The exhibit is made possible through Coca-Cola Academic and Community Initiative grants.

A reception to honor the students will be held at the gallery on Friday, January 20, from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Read the press release to learn more about the West Bank history exhibit.

Photo by Everett Kubala

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