Come to IGSI’s Fall Gathering, Sat, Oct 25

Irish Genealogical Society International (IGSI) Fall Gathering

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 1 – 3 pm

Edina Southdale Library, Ethel M. Berry room, main floor
7001 York Ave S, Edina, MN 55435
(612) 543-5900

A short business meeting will precede our featured speaker, author Penny A. Petersen, who will discuss her book, Minneapolis Madams: the Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront.

Penny A. Petersen is a resident of the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood with long-time interest in the central riverfront. She works as a researcher for a Minneapolis historical consultant. Penny is the author of two local history books, Hiding in Plain Sight: Minneapolis’ First Neighborhood and Minneapolis Madams: the Lost History of Prostitution on the Riverfront.

Minneapolis Madams was reviewed in a recent issue of “Minnesota History,” a publication of the Minnesota Historical Society:

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Julia Rose Hickey's 1912 copy of sheet music

Julia Rose Hickey’s 1912 copy of sheet music

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