- Located in Minnehaha Park, the Stevens House is the first permanent settler's dwelling within the original city of Minneapolis. Considered the birthplace of Minneapolis, history shows that meetings at this house lead to the naming of Minneapolis and the organization of Hennepin County. The Junior League of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board have restored it to its original 1849 appearance. Today the house functions as an interpretive museum, with exhibits, a parlor with furnishings from the era and video presentations. Guides dressed in period clothing describe the significance of the dwelling and the Stevens family. Children and adults can experience a number of educational activities centered on the founding of the city of Minneapolis. The museum is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Group tours by appointment can be arranged during May, September and October.
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