Title: The Bohemian Flats
Publisher: Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, n.d.
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
52 p. This is number 745 of 1,000 copies of this publication of a history of a pretty place along the Mississippi River, just below the Falls of St. Anthony (and now part of Minneapolis, Minnesota) that was the first home for many new settlers in the area. It was a nice place to have a garden, water was readily available, rent was cheap. The new residents from many lands brought with them "colorful costumes and foreign customs, Old World celebrations of many kinds-feast days, music, and dancing. Clothes were pounded white on the stones at the water's edge; bread was baked out-of-doors in community ovens; strange foods were served after many-tongued blessings." In addition to the Bohemian Flats, the village also has been called Little Bohemia, Connemara Patch, Little Lithuania, the Danish Flats, the Cabbage Patch, and, "during the spring floods," Little Venice. By 1931, questions of land ownership, lawsuits, city condemnations and demolitions, encroachment by industry, and other factors had resulted in the demise of the village. The writers on this project are not named, but a number of residents or former residents of The Flats are listed. This WPA project was sponsored by the Hennepin County Historical Society; the Minnesota Writers Project statewide was sponsored by the State Department of Education, and was a part of the Federal Works Agency, Works Project Adminstration. The book includes recipes from the Flats kitchens. Blue-green cloth hard cover with pasted title label on front cover and spine, near fine with very minor bumps at extremities; only the front cover and flap of the dust jacket are extant and it is tattered with a large chunk missing. Bookseller Inventory # 70514WP
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