This is a postcard from the Art-A-Whirl Sara and Shawn went to. This artist (Terri Myers Wentzka) has a lot of egg/nature themes and adds found lists to her art. Very nice! Also arrieved in the mail today, postcards #2 & #3 in our Dinkytown series. Now I can piece together the whole story.
Sara walks through this neighborhood every day on her way to the U. Apparently, in 1970, students protested the coporatization of Dinkytown and they occupied buildings for over 40 days before they were were removed forcefully. A now-defunct fast food chain–the Red Barn Coproration, eventually backed out of their development plans. You can see the destruction of the original building in postacard #1, by looking at the last postcard in this post.
Sara knows this history because she and Shawn attended a local documentary inter-splices the 92 year-old documentarian’s footage from the 70s with interviews and images from the protests. She reports that it was clear that locals from the 70s were also in the auditorium. Of the buildings, only Al’s Diner remains. What an excellent local history lesson! Thanks Sara!