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A Cedar-Riverside Walking Tour: From Snoose Boulevard to Little Somalia

Cedar-Riverside, a neighborhood just east of downtown Minneapolis, has been a major entry-point for newcomers to Minnesota for over 160 years. This area was once part of Mni Sota Makoce, the historic homeland of the Dakota people who moved through to hunt, fish and tap the maple trees that once grew along the Mississippi River. Since its origins, Cedar-Riverside has long been one of the city’s most densely populated and diverse neighborhoods playing host to an extraordinary flow of migrants, immigrants, refugees, students, activists, and other newcomers. This history of diversity is what makes the neighborhood a unique place to live, work, and learn. This tour will introduce you to some of the people, places, and institutions that shaped the history of immigration, urban change, and diversity in Cedar-Riverside. See the digital version of this tour available online.

Watch Darcey Engen interview Bob Harnagel about his work with Jacqueline deVries on the Cedar-Riverside Walking Tour:

Join Us for the First Reading of Augsburg’s Sesquicentennial Musical

historical photo from Augsburg's archives of founders and family in front of a carYou are cordially invited to the first reading of the new Sesquicentennial Musical:

“All That We Carry” written by Aaron Gabriel

Thursday, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Sateren Auditorium

Admission is free

Stage Director:  Malick Ceesay

Music Director:  Sonja Thompson

“All That We Carry,” tells the rich story of Augsburg University – past, present, and future – through the perspective of unheard voices, forgotten narratives, and points of view both unfamiliar and silenced.  Based on actual archives and true stories from real Auggies, the story weaves back and forth through time, connecting us to events that happened or will happen, decisions that were made or will be made, and outcomes both intended and unintended.

Performances will be held on April 1 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and April 4, 9, 10, and 11 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on Augsburg’s theatre page.

If you have questions, please contact Project Coordinator Sonja Thompson at

On This Spot: A Historical View of Augsburg Through the Years

Banner hanging on side of buildingLooking through windows—and sometimes full-scale building scrims—throughout campus, we see how our landscape, architecture and people have changed in the last 150 years.

Here’s a guide to what you’ll see around campus:

Locations and content for the window clings:
UrnMort Lobby: All-school photo, 1931
Caribou/Einstein’s: Murphy Square, around 1905 (Minnesota Historical Society)
Sverdrup Atrium, left side: Quad and Christensen Center, 1970s
Sverdrup Atrium, right side: Quad and Christensen Center, 1970s
Sverdrup/Library Skyway, closer to Sverdrup: Original Main Building, 1875
Sverdrup/Library Skyway, closer to Library: Foss Center, 1993
OGC Skyway, left side when leaving library: Campus Aerial, 1992
OGC Skyway, right side when leaving library: Campus Aerial, 1975
Music/Memorial Hall Skyway: Morton Hall, around 1920
Anderson Music Atrium, to the right when facing the doors: Choir tour, 1980
Anderson Music Atrium, to the left when facing the doors: Murphy Square, 1970s
Urness Skyway, closest to Christensen Center: Murphy Square and campus, 1920s
Urness Skyway, middle: Murphy Square, 1950s
Urness Skyway, closest to Urness: Murphy Square, about 1970

Locations and content for the building scrims:
Christensen Center facing Murphy Square
Morton Hall: Built in 1888, this duplex was a faculty residence until the early 1920s, when it became a women’s dorm. It was named Morton Hall in 1932, in honor of Augsburg’s Dean of Women, Gerda Mortensen. Demolished in 1959, the façade’s terracotta face was saved and is now in the Christensen Center entrance.

Sverdrup Hall, facing library and Hagfors
Original Main: Augsburg’s original main building in Minneapolis opened September 15, 1872. Within three years, it was expanded to include a large central section and a smaller wing (identical to this one) at the east end. At first, everything happened in this building: classes, chapel, library, dining, and residence space for students, faculty, and their families. After Old Main opened in 1902, this building became a student residence and dining hall. This oldest section was demolished in 1948 to make room for the Science Hall, and the rest of the building came down in 1949 to create space for Sverdrup Library.

Nordic Music performed by Riverside Winds on Sept. 28

Five people with wind instrumentsSeptember 28 at 7 p.m.
Augsburg University


North America’s largest collection of Nordic music is coming online at Augsburg University. This performance of woodwind quintets is a kick-off with music from Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Hear contemporary works & arrangements by Ola Gjello and Randall Davidson.

The Augsburg Nordic Collection contains over 1,000 works that include scores and parts with support from the American Scandinavian Foundation in NYC. This project was led by Merilee Klemp as a part of a group of funded sesquicentennial projects.

Order Augsburg Scarves, Ties and Bow Ties Online During the Sesquicentennial

tie, bow tie, scarf designs
Above are the three designs as a tie, bow tie and scarf.

Celebrate the Sesquicentennial in uniquely Augsburg apparel!

You voted for your favorites and now you can wear them. In honor of Augsburg’s sesquicentennial, Senior Creative Associate Denielle Stepka ’11 designed neckties, scarves, and bow ties inspired by Augsburg’s “A” mark, our school colors, and campus art.

We have added an online option for pre-ordering these items. All orders placed before the Sesquicentennial Gala on September 27, will be delivered before Thanksgiving. Please go to and select “Sesquicentennial Items” under Available Departments to place your order. Delivery at this time cannot be guaranteed by December 25.

If you have any questions, please contact Kaia Chambers at

Enjoy Fall with a Campus Walking Tour

campus walkingAugsburg’s campus has transformed for the Sesquicentennial year, and we are excited to invite alumni and friends back to check it out! Over the 2019-20 academic year, two different types of walking tours will be led by Kristin Anderson: “Augsburg Nooks and Crannies” and “Augsburg Campus: Past and Present.” Each tour lasts about 60 minutes and is limited to 15-20 people.

The campus tour will start at the site of Augsburg’s original Minneapolis building and move through our indoor and outdoor spaces to learn about the evolution of the campus from 1872 to the present.

The Nooks and Crannies tour will include a visit to the old chapel and gymnasium in Old Main, the Old Main attic, our Art Deco filling station, and other little-known spots of interest around the campus. We’ll end at the Lindell Library to see the Archives Special Collections and storage rooms.

Schedule of Campus Tours

All tours will be held from noon to 1 p.m.

Tuesday, September 17: Augsburg Nooks and Crannies
Tuesday, October 1: Augsburg Campus: Past and Present
Wednesday, October 2: Augsburg Nooks and Crannies
Tuesday, October 8: Augsburg Nooks and Crannies
Wednesday, October 9: Augsburg Campus: Past and Present
Tuesday, October 29: Augsburg Campus: Past and Present
Wednesday, October 30: Augsburg Nooks and Crannies
Wednesday, April 8: Augsburg Campus: Past and Present
Wednesday, April 22: Augsburg Campus: Past and Present
Wednesday, April 29: Augsburg Nooks and Crannies
Tuesday, May 5: Augsburg Campus: Past and Present
Wednesday, May 6: Augsburg Nooks and Crannies

RSVP required, please register at or by calling 612-330-1104.


Inside Out Rendering
A rendering of what part of the installation may look like.

Let’s celebrate the faces of current and historic members of the community with this ambitious “Inside Out” public art installation that Augsburg has commissioned as part of the sesquicentennial.  Your face could be part of the finished product that starts going up on campus this summer.

Led by Kristin Anderson and Christopher Houltberg, this is a participatory art project that will cover four city blocks and showcase hundreds of faces of people who are part of the Augsburg community. An “Inside Out” photographer has been at many events so far, including Commencement, to capture the faces of Augsburg community members willing to pose.

Woven together, each black and white portrait will create a mesh of faces celebrating, recognizing and honoring the core of the institution: its people. This textile of woven portraits will be a unique opportunity to take part in an international art project empowering community actions.



The best poetry and fiction by Augsburg students will be featured in “Murphy Square 1975-2015: An Anthology of Creative Writing by Augsburg Students,” to be published next year in honor of the sesquicentennial.
This volume will provide an overview of some of the best poetry and fiction from the Murphy Square Literary and Visual Arts Magazine, the university’s longest-running student-led literary publication established in 1974.
English professor Doug Green and 40 students from recent creative writing keystone classes will select and edit the anthology. The volume will be available both in print and online, so that selections can be shared digitally at university events, celebrations, and reunions.


Wonder what the lights and cameras are about? The Famous Group is shooting two videos at Augsburg that will debut at the Sesquicentennial Gala on September 27.

The “Origins” video will tell the story of the university’s past, present, and future. The “People” video will celebrate distinction among current students as well as alumni.

These videos will be shared during other events at Augsburg and will be available at this Inside Augsburg Sesquicentennial Planning site in fall.