On Mondays, I post comments submitted from readers and add a few thoughts of my own.
1. Westgate Dairy Store
Last's week's Photo Friday: Westgate Dairy (aka Dennison's) elicited a couple comments. Phil Murphy wrote: I worked at the store as stock boy after Don Meyer took over ... early 70's.
I didn't know the store continued to operate after the Dennisons retired. I would like to talk with Don Meyer, as well as the Dennisons, so I have a written record to go along with our photographic one. Please contact me if you can put me in touch with either owner.
Patty Murphy said, "You were absolutely correct about everything! We used to go to the Convention and Dennisons when we went to Southwest High school the year it opened. (We were on our way to the Hopkins streetcar, just the other side of the original Griffen Pharmacy, now, I think, a barber shop?)"
I included a bonus photo this week (see above). I'm guessing this photo was taken looking west on Sunnyside... what do you think?
2. History Mystery: Strange building at EP border
The mystery I wrote about a couple of weeks ago remains unsolved, but researcher Craig Olson offered a couple of more clues in the form of photos.
"This is a photo (above) that someone sent me of the building looking at the south wall from the inside. This was taken in early 80's," Craig wrote. "(The photo below) taken from in the basement looking out. Seems kind of odd to me to have a gazebo with a basement and bars on the windows! Excellent work on the latest "History Mystery" by the way! I look forward to seeing peoples comments!"
3. Edina Theater marquee
The post Photo Friday: 'cool' snapshot of Edina Theater made Nancy Robeson remember, "I was working at the drug store on 50th and France when a tornado took down a good portion of this sign in the late 70's. Does anyone have a picture of that?
I know photos ran in both the Minneapolis Tribune and the Edina Sun-Current, but those newspapers hold the copyright on their images. Did anyone else take photos of the downed sign? If you're willing to share your pictures, please contact me.
4. Growing Up in Edina exhibit
Several people have called or emailed to find out when our current exhibit, "Growing Up in Edina" closes. You still have some time: we're planning on keeping the exhibit up until at least the end of 2012, possibly longer. Please keep in mind that our hours are limited. I wish we could offer more public hours; unfortunately, a limited non-profit budget means limited public hours. With some notice, volunteer docents may be able to accommodate group tours. Please call 612-928-4577 or email me with questions.
Our next big exhibit in honor of the city's Quasquicentennial will be out in the community, not in the museum. "History Happened Here" will put the historic photos in the places they were taken. An art exhibit showing Edina landscapes will be in our gallery space. More details coming soon!
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