Hennepin County Historical Societies

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Hennepin County Historical Society
2303-3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Museum Administrator Todd Mahon


  10:00-2:00 pm
  1:00-5:00 pm
Thursday   1:00-8:00 pm
Friday   1:00-5:00 pm
Saturday   1:00-5:00 pm
  1:00-5:00 pm
Adults $2.00
Kids & Seniors $1.00
Members Free


University of Minnesota - General reference to MINNESOTA GENEALOGY
Minnesota Genealogical Society
5768 Olson Memorial Highway
Golden Valley MN 55422
(763) 595-9347


Local Historical Organizations:

Bloomington Historical Society

10200 Penn Ave. South
Mail: 2525 W. Old Shakopee Road
Bloomington, MN 55431
Liaison: Vonda Vettrus
Curator: Lollie Ditebrenner 881-6371
Hours: 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday & by appt.

Brooklyn Center Historical Society

P.O. Box 29345
Brooklyn Center, MN 55429-0345
Liaison: Jane Hallberg

Eden Prairie Historical Society

c/o Eden Prairie City Hall
8950 Eden Prairie Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Contact: Marie Wittenberg, President Tel: 952-934-0961

Edina Historical Society

4711 West 70th Street
Edina, MN 55435
Executive Director: Kay Wetherall
Hours: Thurs.9-12 Noon, Saturday 10-12

Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society

P.O. Box 305
Excelsior, MN 55331
Liaison: Betty Peck
Office Hours: 9 - Noon Wed.& by appointment.
Museum Hours: Sat. 10 - 2:00 p.m. June thru October

To preserve, document and classify the physical history of the Lake Minnetonka area. To provide a means by which everyone can share in the history of the lake area. To stimulate interest in the cultural heritage of the area Founded in 1972, the Excelsior - Lake Minnetonka Historical Society serves the communities of Deephaven, Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood, and Tonka Bay. The Society's museum and archives are free and open to the public, and hold the largest collection of historic artifacts and documents in the area. A number of books about Lake Minnetonka history been published by the Society, and are available for purchase from the Society and in local bookstores. The Society also presents lectures and programs on topics of local historical interest throughout the year.

The Society's museum includes many artifacts and exhibits about the South Lake Minnetonka area including the Excelsior Amusement Park, Excelsior High School and local businesses, as well as the famous Lake Minnetonka sailing vessel the Onawa. The Museum is located at 305 Water Street in Excelsior and is open May through September, Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Society's archives hold many local historic records including photographs, maps, newspapers, historic Excelsior vital records, and other materials of special interest to genealogists and those researching building and house history in the area. The archives are housed in Excelsior City Hall, 339 Third Street (rear parking lot entrance) and are open year-round on Wednesdays, from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

The Society welcomes financial contributions as well as donations of historic artifacts and documents pertinent to the south Lake Minnetonka area.

Golden Valley Historical Society

7800 Golden Valley Road
Golden Valley, MN 55427
Physical Address: 6731 Golden Valley Road Golden Valley, MN 55427
Tel: 763-588-8578 FAX: 763-588-5896
Contact: Don Anderson, Secretary
Hours: Call for times

Hopkins Historical Society

1010-1st Street South (mailing)
Hopkins Community Center
Physical: Hopkins Activity Center,
33-14th Ave. North Hopkins, MN 55343
Tel: 952-979-0447
Contact: Henry Pokorny, Treasurer, 952-935-5878
Hours: 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday

Maple Grove Historical

Preservation Society
Preservation Society
PO Box 1180 Maple Grove, MN 55311-6180
President: Emily Koehler 763/420-3961

Minnetonka Historical Society

e-mail mhs@minnetonka-history.org

Burwell House
13209 McGinty Road East
Minnetonka, MN 55343
612/933-1611 or 612/476-4042
Hours: Burwell House by appointment

Independence Town Hall Museum

County Road 90 and T.H. #12
Sundays 2-5 p.m. June-August

New Hope Preservation Commitee

New Hope City Hall
New Hope, MN 55428
Chairperson: Milt Honsey

North Hennepin Historical Society

Henry Klersy
8905 County Road 19
Corcoran, Mn 55357

North Mississippi Historical Society

5113 50th Ave. No Minneapolis, MN 55429
President: Todd J. Hein

Email: toddhein@usfamily.net

Plymouth Historical Society

3400 Plymouth Boulevard
Plymouth, MN 55447 (mailing)
Old Town Hall (museum)
3605 Fernbrook Lane
Plymouth, MN 55447
Tel: 763-559-9201
Contact: Vern Peterson, President,
763-559-2317 Hours: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
3rd Sunday of the month, and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
4th Monday of the month

Richfield Historical Society

PO Box 23304 (mailing)
6901 Lyndale Avenue South
(Bartholomew House) Richfield, MN 55423
Curator: Ruthann Clay, Curator
Bartholomew House Hours: By appointment

Robbinsdale Historical Society

Mailing: c/o Wayne Murphey,
3720 Zinnia Lane, Plymouth, MN 55441
Hours: 10 - 4 p.m. Fridays

St. Louis Park Historical Society

Physical Address: 6210 West 37th Street, Jovig Park
Mailing Address: 3700 Monterey Drive
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
952/924-2538 Fax: 952/925-5663
Contact: Bridget Wynn, Recreation Supervisor
Hours: By appointment

Wayzata Historical Society

402 East Lake Street, at the Depot
Wayzata, MN 55391
Tel: 952-473-3631
Hours: By appointment

Western Hennepin Co.Pioneers Assoc.

1953 West Wayzata Boulevard (museum)
Box 332 (mailing)
Long Lake, MN 55356
Tel: 952-473-6557
Contact: Tom Turnham, President
Hours: Research Center: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday all year except holidays.
Museum: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays all year except holidays.
URL: http://www.amatalon.com/pioneermuseum/

Westonka Historical Society

3740 Enchanted Lane
Mound, MN 55364

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Site last updated: Feb 12, 2004