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First Fridays December 2019

December 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A photo from the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives shows two people sitting outdoors with two German Shepherd Dogs.

Just a Dog

Presented by Kate Dietrick, Archivist, Upper Midwest Jewish Archives

A photo from the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives shows two people sitting outdoors with two German Shepherd Dogs.In the 1920s local Jewish businessman J.L. Sinykin became the first person in the United States to train guide dogs for the blind. Lux of La Salle, a German Shepherd, was trained by Sinykin for Senator Thomas D. Schall. Learn more about Sinykin’s pioneering work and how Lux and other guide dogs turned out to be more than just a dog.

The Hound Underground

Presented by Tim Johnson, Curator, Sherlock Holmes Collection

Any number of animals appear in the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, some friendly, others helpful, and yet still others … diabolical. Come hear a strange tale or two about how these beasties find their way into the Sherlock Holmes stories and onto the shelves in our vaults underground.

Event details

What: First Fridays December 2019
When: Friday, December 6 | noon to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
University of Minnesota, 222 21st Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455

Free and open to the public.

About the First Fridays Series

First Fridays is a series of intellectually stimulating talks made possible by a generous gift from Governor Elmer L. and Mrs. Eleanor Andersen in honor of former University Librarian Dr. Edward B. Stanford.

The 2019–2020 series theme is Roaring Good Tales: Animals in the Archives.

There may not be animals allowed in the archives, but that doesn’t mean our collections aren’t filled with them! From farm animals to beloved pets to mythical beasts, the Archives and Special Collections are teeming with creatures of all kinds. Join us for the 2019–2020 First Fridays season as we explore the wild side of history.


December 6, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Elmer L. Andersen Library, Room 120
222 21st Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55455 United States
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