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This summer, Preserve Minneapolis will offer 27 unique tours that highlight the built, natural, and cultural treasures found throughout the City. The 2014 schedule runs from June 7 through September 21. Preserve Minneapolis tours are the best way to get to know the city, to experience our diverse neighborhoods, and to become familiar with Minneapolis’ many historic resources.

For tour details, click  on the month-by-month listings: 

June Tours    |   July Tours  |   August Tours   |   September Tours
Tickets: $8 unless otherwise noted

This year’s line-up is marked by many new topics, from the relatively modern history of Riverside Plaza to the long-ago days of the Minneapolis riverfront; from the Camden neighborhood in north Minneapolis to West 49th Street in the southwest. Other new topics include the city’s LGBT history, Lakewood Cemetery, and the little-known story of Architect Avenue.

On each tour, guides with experience in fields like architecture, history, and preservation will tell the “stories behind the stories” and give participants a greater understanding of the area’s social and built history…with fun and a sense of humor. We leave the lecture hall behind and delve into the human stories that made, and make, Minneapolis neighborhoods real.

Most tours are $8 per person. Participants will need to pre-register and pay for tickets on-line. Tours fill up fast; last year, over 75% of Preserve Minneapolis tours sold out! Please contact our Tour Coordinator, Katy Epler (tours@preserveminneapolis.org), with any questions or concerns.

As a teaser, here are some photos from last year’s tours. (All taken by tour coordinator Katy Epler.)