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Wikipedia Day Meetup at MHS[edit]

January 12, 2013 (Saturday): Join the Minnesota Historical Society for a Wikipedia Day meetup. Come hang out at MHS, grab free lunch at the Cafe, enjoy a behind-the-scenes exhibit tour, and join us for a short discussion about possible future MHS/Wikipedia collaborations.

Where: Minnesota Historical Society, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul
Signs will direct you to the Irvine Room (1st floor, past the cafe). We'll give you vouchers, then you can grab lunch and join us back in the Irvine room. We'll have the MN Wikipedia Meet-up sign. Mhsrc (talk) 21:25, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

When: Saturday, January 12, 12:30-3:30

Website: MNopedia, Minnesota Historical Society

Parking: Free parking. Tell the parking attendant that you are here with the Wikipedia meetup, and they'll ask you to cross your name off the list (or add your name to the list if you didn't RSVP.

Lunch: Free lunch vouchers for the Minnesota Cafe. - Mhsrc (talk) 18:34, 19 December 2012 (UTC)


  • Bobak (talk) 22:12, 20 December 2012 (UTC) -- I *really* had a fun time last time but nowadays my weekends are a mess--I still do drop by SHPO on occasion to check up on NRHP buildings, etc. So let me recommend this to everyone! --Bobak (talk) 22:12, 20 December 2012 (UTC)
  • CJLippert (talk) 19:27, 8 January 2013 (UTC) -- I would love to attend, but I am already quite booked for that day. Sorry. Maybe next time.

Exhibit Tour Poll[edit]

We've arranged for Exhibits to give a behind-the-scenes tour at the meetup. Please indicate which exhibit(s) you'd prefer to check out. Mhsrc (talk) 21:52, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

  • Then Now Wow: MHS's newest and largest exhibit, Then Now Wow was designed for school-age children and appeals to everyone. Includes many interactive elements such as a street car, iron mine, modern tipi, sod house, boxcar, and emergency exit door from the school bus involved with the I-35W bridge collapse.
  • Open House: If these Walls Could Talk: This exhibit uses a single, existing house in the "Railroad Island" neighborhood on St. Paul's East Side as a window into the daily lives of people of the past.
  • US-Dakota War of 1862: Examine the evidence, hear heart-wrenching stories and learn about the broken treaties and promises that led to this disastrous chapter in Minnesota history.
  • Weather Permitting: Gives visitors the chance to experience the state's challenging climate, from surviving and celebrating its bone-chilling winters to basking on the sunny shores of its 10,000 lakes. (This is the exhibit with the tornado).
  • Minnesota's Greatest Generation: Features more than 6,000 square feet of artifacts, displays and hands-on elements to explore the accomplishments, sacrifices, disappointments, challenges and enduring legacy of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation.

June Meetup[edit]

When: Saturday, June 1, 12:30pm-2:30pm+ Where: Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall
Special Collections, on the 4th floor

As the first of what are intended to be monthly meetups, there will be two events at Hennepin County Library Special Collections this summer. These are mostly planned as opportunities for Wikipedians to discuss editing, but all are welcome! Free wifi and several public computers are available, and the Special Collections contains many valuable historical resources, including the Minneapolis Collection, consisting of files on hundreds of topics related to Minneapolis from neighborhoods to politicians. It's best to call in advance to request materials. —innotata 19:29, 17 May 2013 (UTC)


  • WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 16:10, 25 May 2013 (UTC) I have a great time at every meet-up, and I appreciate the announcement. Alas, my local nonprofit board has me scheduled for another event in St. Paul at the same hour. I hope I'll see you at the next meet-up.
  • SusanLesch (talk) 14:04, 27 May 2013 (UTC) Disappointed I won't be able to make it to either of these dates. (I'm only in MSP from June 4 until the 24th.) Do good things!
  • BenFranske (talk) 04:03, 28 May 2013 (UTC) Sorry I'm booked on Saturday. I hope to make it to a future event at Minneapolis Central though.
  • Hsraatz (talk) Sorry, busy day. —Preceding undated comment added 14:29, 28 May 2013 (UTC)
  • McGhiever (talk) - Not available, I'm afraid
  • Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 01:07, 29 May 2013 (UTC)
  • CJLippert - I will be out of the area

Great American Wiknic[edit]

Place: Minnehaha Park, north of the falls
Date: Saturday, June 22
Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm




Anybody interested in having another event for the 2013 Great American Wiknic? Most of the events are on June 22, and that works for me. Minnehaha Falls should work (though we should figure out a better place), but any more ideas for locations etc? —innotata 19:12, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

If I can fit it into a work schedule, I'd be interested in finally getting out to MN for a meetup. Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 19:44, 25 April 2013 (UTC)
Good idea. Thanks for planning ahead. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 02:50, 28 April 2013 (UTC)
It looks like my daughter's sports will be taking me away from the Metro that weekend. Too bad. The last wiknic was fun. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 16:12, 25 May 2013 (UTC)
since I finally have a DL, and Metro Trasit should reach out there, i'll see what I can do to show up! minnehaha is a great location for any picnic, been there before, good access, great scenery, etc..... -- Aunva6talk - contribs 03:16, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
Yes! Innotata, this date will work and the Blue Line goes right there. -SusanLesch (talk) 14:12, 27 May 2013 (UTC)
OK, we'd better do it at Minnehaha again. I just hope we can find each other this time, bring a bigger sign I guess. (The only reservable spots are at Wabun, and are not worthwhile, so we can't fix a spot.)
Should we talk about bringing food to share? —innotata 15:18, 28 May 2013 (UTC)
You have more experience with this venue but I can bring food or whatever. Will check back later in June. -SusanLesch (talk) 14:30, 29 May 2013 (UTC)
How many people to plan for? Can we drink beer or wine in a public park? -SusanLesch (talk) 17:58, 16 June 2013 (UTC)
This sounds like fun. --Mattwj2002 (talk) 08:03, 17 June 2013 (UTC)
I guess I'd check how many people have signed up a few days before, then add a few for the maybes and people who don't sign up. I can bring some food too, do you want to post your plans? You're not supposed to bring alcohol into Minneapolis parks. —innotata 13:33, 17 June 2013 (UTC)
Actually you can. I can bring enough 3.2 cans for everybody. Still working out food but it will be take out, from The Wedge or Surdyk's. What are you bringing? -SusanLesch (talk) 14:30, 17 June 2013 (UTC)
What are the plans for the event? I just got the new wikimedia-commons app! I would love to contribute to the Commons somehow during the event. This will be my first wikimedia meetup of any kind. :) --Mattwj2002 (talk) 01:28, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
Also, is there any dish I could bring? How do you want to work food? --Mattwj2002 (talk) 01:30, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
This sounds like a ton of fun! I might have to come! -Mark — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:00, 18 June 2013
I'd say if you plan to be hungry, plan to bring something to eat. Unless somebody tells me not to, I am planning to bring two 6-packs of 3.2 beer, one 6-pack of Diet Coke, a quart of chicken or pasta salad, and some paper plates and forks. -SusanLesch (talk) 20:58, 19 June 2013 (UTC)
Thanks SusanLesch, I'll bring some food. I really want to get a video of the waterfall on Saturday if I can! :) My phone records in 720p! :D --Mattwj2002 (talk) 03:29, 20 June 2013 (UTC)
Great plan! And the falls should be full of rain by then. Innotata, can you possibly give us precise directions on where to meet? -SusanLesch (talk) 12:19, 20 June 2013 (UTC)
No, we can't be sure, I'll find a spot just before noon, to the north of the creek. I'm not sure I'll have time to grab food to share, but I'd like to bring something. —innotata 04:14, 21 June 2013 (UTC)
I was just thinking about some deli sliced meat, cheese, and some bread. Some chips might be nice too! --Mattwj2002 (talk) 07:33, 21 June 2013 (UTC)
Thank you, guys. I'll find you north of the creek slightly after noon. The falls will really be running! -SusanLesch (talk) 15:07, 21 June 2013 (UTC)
I'll be wearing a blue polo shirt and cargo pants! See you then! :) --Mattwj2002 (talk) 13:45, 22 June 2013 (UTC)

There's a huge power outage here (hence I am editing from my phonne and can't put this below), but apparently at least one of you csn still come. I will be there unless there is a hugr storm, but probably only with a letter size sign and without enough food to share. —innotata 15:12, 22 June 2013 (UTC)

How long will the Wiknic be going on? Is it really from 12:00 to 4:00 or will it be ending early? Since it seems there will only be a few people I figured you guys might cut it short... Megakacktus (talk) 16:51, 22 June 2013 (UTC)

Anyone here I am? --Mattwj2002 (talk) 17:07, 22 June 2013 (UTC)

Here are my Wikimedia's Contributions. At the time of posting this, the last 10 uploads were from this meetup. :) --Mattwj2002 (talk) 07:42, 23 June 2013 (UTC)

Matt, I took the liberty of adding one of your videos to the "Parks and recreation" section of Minneapolis. Thanks a million. It came out great! -SusanLesch (talk) 17:31, 23 June 2013 (UTC)
SusanLesch - Thanks for using my video. Nothing like improving Wikipedia and the Commons at the same time. :) --Mattwj2002 (talk) 22:50, 23 June 2013 (UTC)

July Meetup[edit]

When: Saturday, July 6, 12:30pm-2:30pm+ Where: Minneapolis Central Library
Special Collections, on the 4th floor

As the first of what are intended to be monthly meetups, there will be two events at Hennepin County Library Special Collections this summer. These are mostly planned as opportunities for Wikipedians to discuss editing, but all are welcome! Free wifi and several public computers are available, and the Special Collections contains many valuable historical resources, including the Minneapolis Collection, consisting of files on hundreds of topics related to Minneapolis from neighborhoods to politicians. It's best to call in advance to request materials. —innotata 19:29, 17 May 2013 (UTC)


  • SusanLesch (talk) 14:04, 27 May 2013 (UTC) Disappointed I won't be able to make it to either of these dates. (I'm only in MSP from June 4 until the 24th.) Do good things!
  • Ruby2010 -- sorry, can't make it after all. Hope you all have fun! Ruby 2010/2013 18:41, 18 June 2013 (UTC)

August Meetup[edit]

Update: Moved to Aster Cafe, 125 Main Street SE 55414 (St. Anthony Main)

When: Saturday, August 3, 1:00-3:00pm+
Where: Lavvu Coffee House
813 4th St SE, Minneapolis

Our third monthly meetup. These are mostly planned as opportunities for Wikipedians to discuss editing, but all are welcome! There is free

There was nobody at the coffee house, so we moved to the Aster Cafe 125 Main St SE (Saint Anthony Main). —innotata 18:52, 3 August 2013 (UTC)


  • WeijiBaikeBianji
  • I'll be moving into a new place starting on August 1 and going to Hong Kong on the 5th ... too much going on, sorry. Goodness, I'd like to get to one of these eventually ... Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 04:35, 25 July 2013 (UTC)
  • BenFranske (talk) 06:23, 25 July 2013 (UTC) Sorry, out of town that day.

More frequent events?[edit]

I've been thinking for a while of having more frequent meetup events, perhaps monthly. With more small events, more Wikipedians can come to some of them. I'd like to have more in-person editing events, given how enjoyable an productive the editathons at Minneapolis Central Library were like. We'll also be able to point people interested in Wikipedia to something regular they can go to.

The main problem is finding a time and convenient place to meet. If we want to have public computers available and a good space, I think that limits us to a few library locations. The people at Special Collections at Minneapolis Central who organised the past events are interested, but they are only open weekdays and first and third Saturdays. I'm not certain I can make any of these days in April or May myself. Any ideas for other locations for these events, and anyone else interested in organising them?

Generally, any thoughts or ideas? —innotata 22:52, 4 March 2013 (UTC)

I like this idea. I don't know whether there would be much interest in this from non-Wikipedians or regular editors, but I think it would be worthwhile even if participation was low. I could make time to be at a library once a month. Gobōnobō + c 22:08, 5 March 2013 (UTC)
Why don't you set a time, among April 6, May 4, and May 18, and the let the librarians know? April 20 doesn't work for them; I may come on the May dates and I can put out messages on Wikipedia. —innotata 04:03, 14 March 2013 (UTC)
Yes, this is a good idea, just like participating in the Wiknic. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 02:51, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

Let's try this out. I suggest 1 June and 6 July, at Minneapolis Central. The Special Collections librarians expect any Saturdays they are open this summer will work, May and 3 August won't work for me. Once we pick exact dates and times (they're open 10-4:30, how about 12:30 to 2:30 + however long we want to stick around?) they can be put on the library calendar. —innotata 05:11, 28 April 2013 (UTC)

That sounds feasible. I'll keep an eye on the schedule of my children's activities and try to get this on my calendar. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 02:29, 30 April 2013 (UTC)
  • I've been active on WP for a while but have never attended one of these editing events. I will try to make at least one this summer if specific times can get locked down. :) Ruby 2010/2013 02:27, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
I can make it mebbe a few times in the summer... college is too far away for the school year.... -- Aunva6talk - contribs 03:18, 7 May 2013 (UTC)

I've said we'll do the dates June 1 and July 6, 12:30-2:30 (and those interested can come early and/or stick around, Special Collections closes at 4:30 and the library at 5:00 or something). If anyone wants to look at materials in the library, or subjects in the Minneapolis Collection, it's easier if you let the librarians know in advance. I'll add proper listings of the event later. —innotata 00:30, 9 May 2013 (UTC)

I'd love to come, and I believe I'll be able to. I'm rather new to WP myself and would love to meet more experienced editors. Megakacktus (talk) 17:49, 9 June 2013 (UTC)
I should be able to attend today (6 July 2013). See you there. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 12:44, 6 July 2013 (UTC)

June and July Meet-Ups[edit]

I will not be able to attend the either of these events, as I have a a coffee shop that I have to tend to during this time. However, if the group wishes to meet-up at my shop on these dates, I would be open for that. I also have free wifi. The name of the coffee shop is the Lavvu Coffee House, 813 4th Street Southeast, Minneapolis - 612-331-4136

Dinkytown talk 14:56, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

The events should be on the library calendar, so we can't relocate them (also, they have public computers and the collections). However, looks like a nice place and I'll keep it in mind for other events if you're interested, thanks for letting us know. —innotata 20:58, 24 May 2013 (UTC)

Wikimedia Minnesota User Group[edit]

I'd like to encourage folks to look at the possibility of an informal Wikimedia User Group for Minnesota editors, which should make it easier to get Wikimedia Foundation grant funding for outreach events, and could even lead to an eventual nonprofit chapter like Wikimedia DC. The Wikimedia US Coalition would be more than glad to help you along this process!--Pharos (talk) 14:00, 6 June 2013 (UTC)

Hi Pharos. I think we'll be ready to consider a user group once we have a critical mass of editors. It is good to know that there is a support structure available when we arrive. Gobōnobō + c 01:02, 3 August 2013 (UTC)
This sounds like a good idea. Thanks. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 22:32, 25 August 2013 (UTC)
This could be a good topic of discussion at the 2014 Wiknic - please see Step-by-step user group creation guide. RachelWex joined us at the WikiConference USA session devoted to planning the LGBT usergroup, and her experience can perhaps be an asset here.--Pharos (talk) 20:37, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Any September 2013 meetup yet?[edit]

I'd be up for helping to arrange a September 2013 meetup, if one is not already planned. I was at work in Colorado during the August meetup. Please let me know if you have suggestions about setting up a meetup. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 22:33, 25 August 2013 (UTC)

Sorry I missed this post. I won't be able to arrange an October meetup, and I'm unlikely to attend. If you want to have one, you should set the time and place now, if you can't use AWB to send messages to the invite list, ask me on my talk page; I probably can set up a November meetup. —innotata 20:05, 12 September 2013 (UTC)
No problem. Everyone is busy. I will discuss this at home, and see if we can just arrange a meet-up at a park or other public place out this way. Then I'll ask for advice and help about announcing an event if I have something to announce. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 00:01, 13 September 2013 (UTC)


Wikipedia Day meetup[edit]

Place: Seward Community Cafe
2129 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404
44°57′46″N 93°14′28″W / 44.96265°N 93.24111°W / 44.96265; -93.24111
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Time: noon

Sign up[edit]

  • Bobak
  • BenFranske (talk) 23:29, 30 January 2014 (UTC) - Sorry to have missed it, I just saw the notice on this.


We haven't got around to doing anything this fall, but we should have an event around Wikipedia Day, January 15. The Saturday after, January 18, should work best for me and anyone else on break. Any suggestions for locations? The last one was at Brit's Pub, and we should probably have it at somewhere like a cafe, rather than the Central Library, but we do have that to fall back to on the 18th. —innotata 19:09, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

A big thank you to Gobonobo for picking that great restaurant. Vegan outfits are not that easy to find. Only sorry that Ruby2010 couldn't make it. Maybe next time. -SusanLesch (talk) 19:12, 20 January 2014 (UTC)

Feb 1: Art And Feminism Editathon[edit]

My apologies for the very late notice, this event was only just confirmed: Wikipedia:Meetup/ArtAndFeminism#Twin Cities: Regis Art Center at University of Minnesota.--Pharos (talk) 05:03, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

Great American Wiknic 2014 - Minnesota[edit]

I'd like to invite you to add a Minnesota event for the Great American Wiknic. This year we're aiming to coalesce nationally around July 6, but any date that is convenient to your local community works as well. And don't be shy about putting something preliminary on the national Wiknic page, it all helps!--Pharos (talk) 19:57, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

It's always fun to see the other Minnesota Wikipedians, so this sounds like a great idea. We might even have a dry day outdoors by then. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 21:30, 4 June 2014 (UTC)
July 6 works well for me, I'm out of town until shortly before then. Anyone have suggestions for locations other than Minnehaha Park? —innotata 22:44, 5 June 2014 (UTC)
I would suggest locations out my way if the public transportation here were only better. I'm open to any location that's reachable for a lot of us. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 03:10, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
How about Como? The park, zoo, and conservatory are all free (they request a small donation), it's reachable by public transit, there are picnic areas, and places to go if it rains. Jonathunder (talk) 04:04, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
Como sounds like a great idea, and a reasonable change of scene from the last few Minnesota meet-up locations. I'll try to remember to wear a Wikipedia tenth anniversary T-shirt for easy identification. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 20:57, 6 June 2014 (UTC)
Did anyone else notice that the main page's example event listing is for the fictional Frostbite Falls, Minnesota? Como would be a great place to meet. Does Sunday July 6th sound good? gobonobo + c 20:33, 9 June 2014 (UTC)
Frostbite Falls is fictional? Maybe the timeshare there wasn't such a great investment. I may be in St. Paul on that Sunday, though. Jonathunder (talk) 14:22, 18 June 2014 (UTC)
I just put up a link on the national Wiknic page to this talk page section, saying "under discussion". It would be great if you could update the front side of this page with any preliminary details to date and location (which you seem to be coalescing on).--Pharos (talk) 19:16, 8 June 2014 (UTC)
I just responded to Pharos's prompt on my talk page by locking in the discussed details of this event, in these terms. "The Great American Wiknic 2014 - Minnesota will happen at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St. Paul, Minnesota on Sunday 6 July 2014 from noon CDT to 4:00pm CDT. Meet by the entrance of the Conservatory and scout for rain-free locations. (Park pavilions have to be reserved in advanced, but we may get lucky and have good weather that day for using the open part of the park grounds.)" This is a wiki, see feel free to edit the main page announcement as you deem fit. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 15:26, 17 June 2014 (UTC)
Sounds good! I should send out invitations to the invite list using AWB; however, I might not have access to a Windows machine until I return to the cities on June 26. So, it'd be good if someone else could do so. Oh, and, I have a blue Wikipedia t-shirt too, now. —innotata 20:24, 19 June 2014 (UTC)
does anyone even know if como park is (relatively) dry? after all, we have gotten 12 inches (300 mm) of rain already this month. in anty case, i suppose i could do it, assuming there's a category containing the minnesota members that should be notified. and assuming that I can install the AWB client (shouldn't be a problem) and remember how to use it. -- Aunva6talk - contribs 22:20, 19 June 2014 (UTC)
Fwiw, I've pinged the #Wikimedia Minnesota User Group conversation above, which might be a good thing to pursue in person at the Wiknic.--Pharos (talk) 20:45, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Sign up[edit]

(not required, but please do let us know!)

  • WeijiBaikeBianji — I'll probably bring along much of my family this time.
  • Innotata
  • gobonobo + c
  • I am planning on being there anyways. My last visit was -25 and I found an escaped tree-frog. — (talk) 04:02, 28 June 2014 (UTC)
  • Jonathunder — planning to bring a watermelon.
  • Phil wink — Looks like I'll make it; not sure when I'll arrive.
  • Do feel welcome to attend if you are able. Everyone was young once, and everyone was not an active editor of Wikipedia before becoming active, so you will be in good company. -- WeijiBaikeBianji (talk, how I edit) 03:50, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
  • CJLippert (talk)—Sorry. By the time I get to St. Paul, it will be closer to 5pm, and I would have missed the event. Maybe the next event.
  • Bobamnertiopsis – Sudden family reunion up nort', so I actually won't be around. Next summer, I hope!
  • Ibraheem Khalifa — (I would love to attend. In the maybe—depending on transportation from Rushford.), Sadly cant make it. I had no idea it was hard to find any kind of bus or transport from here :).
  • RachelWex — Sorry all...raining and thundering here and in the Cities, according to the Weather Channel...makes for a wrecky drive from St Cloud. Please keep me posted on future events!