The Historyapolis Project

Kirsten Delegard is director of the Historyapolis Project, which is part of the history department at Augsburg College. The Historyapolis Project seeks to bring fresh attention to the history of Minneapolis and is working to unearth stories that can explain how the city took shape. During 2014, Delegard is compiling an inventory of historical resources pertinent to Minneapolis with the help of a team of students and citizen-researchers associated with the Historyapolis Lab. For more details visit our website at This project has been made possible by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which is administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Dec 16, 2014

While contemporary Minneapolitans take safe drinking water and flushing toilets for granted, denizens of the Mill City were not so fortunate in the late 19th century. In these years, Minneapolis joined cities around the world in grappling with the consequences of unprecedented urbanization. One of the most pressing challenges of this new human density was the question of waste. Cities had to figure out what to do with their often overwhelming supply of excrement. 

The answer to this problem: sewers.

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