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A Brief History

The first educational institution in Minneapolis was started by Rev. J.D. Stevens on the shores of Lake Harriet in 1834. It was for children, including those from Cloud Man's band of Mdewakanton Dakota and from Fort Snelling. By 1849, in St. Anthony, the first private or subscription schools opened. Then in 1851-52, a school was opened on the west side of the river by Mary Schofield.

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Hennepin County History (PDF Format - 36.9 MB)

Minneapolis Public Schools Historic Context Study (PDF Format - 8.47 MB)

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