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Community Gathering: Weaving Together the Past, Present, and Future of 2511 E. Franklin Avenue

Neighbors and community members are invited to attend an upcoming gathering about the past, present, and future of 2511 E. Franklin Ave. 

Augsburg University recently announced an agreement to sell the property to the Somali Museum of Minnesota to develop a permanent museum facility and cultural center on the former Bethany Lutheran Church site. The university has worked with community-based developer Redesign to identify a financially sustainable, community-serving use for the property that contributes to the vitality of the East Franklin corridor. During the 2023 legislative session, the Somali Museum was approved for state funding to advance the project. 

A community gathering will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 12:30–3:30 p.m. at Matthews Recreation Center (2318 29th Ave. S., Minneapolis). All are welcome to learn about the Somali Museum and the vision for the project and to share stories about the site’s history and place in Seward. RSVPs for the April 27 event are encouraged but not required. 

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