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Local History and Nostalgia

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Green Stamps to Hot Pants: Growing Up in the 50s and 60s

by Genny Zak Kieley

It was a time when bikes were big and bulky. Ladies from the neighborhood stuck to a strict routine of Monday wash day, Tuesday ironing day and there was seldom deviation from this rule. Drive In movies and restaurants were the hot spot on a Saturday night. Busy housewives saved up their coveted green stamps from the grocery store and dreamed of what they could buy with them. A trip to the Dime Store was like going to dreamland. Families sat around the counsel black and white television to watch their favorite TV family and emulated them in their own life.

Heart and Hard Work: Memories of "Nordeast" Minneapolis

by Genny Zak Kieley

Now in its fourth edition. One chapter is devoted to the historical role of the churches. Eight major ethnic groups are described-French, Scandinavian, German, Polish, Slovak, Ukrainian, Italian, and Lebanese-including where they settled, businesses and schools they opened, and the marks they left on the area. 20 to 30 distinct communities are identified. Also includes landmarks and businesses like the Grain Belt Brewery, Edison High School, Kramarczuk's East European Deli, and Hollywood Theater. 14 interviews with longtime residents.

Pride and Tradition: More Memories of Northeast Minneapolis

by Genny Zak Kieley

Important businesses are covered--banks, barbers, bakeries, butchers, a shoe repair shop and drugstores. Why So Many Bars in Northeast Minneapolis? Also features stories of Polish weddings, immigrant living conditions, favorite swimming places, streetcar routes,and schools. 19 more churches are included. 15 interviews include a tribute to Rose Totino, Sophie Abraham and the well-known Buchinger, Biernat, Siwek and Dziedzic families. A special interview with Donald Moss.

Roots and Ties: A Scrapbook of Northeast Memories

by Genny Zak Kieley

Northeast is one of the most storied parts of town with its crazy quilt character. Roots and Ties is a wonderful scrapbook of memories with special attention to the housing and architecture, grocery and hardware stores, the parochial schools, community sings, parks, and park pageants. It also includes pottery shops, the Ethnic Dance Theatre,Rhythmland and the California Building. 234 pages and 262 photographs.

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