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Tuesday April 15th -
MHS Antique Appraisal Event
Antiques were assessed by well-known local appraisers;
Mark Thompson of Muirfield Antiques and Jim Merrinan from Appraisal Specialists Midwest

Saturday, June 28
Minnetonka's Annual Ice Cream Social was at the Historic Burwell House and MHS Museum: 11:00AM
- to 4:00PM

Tuesday, October 7
Minnetonka City-Wide Open House - At the City Hall from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. MHS will have a booth.

Tuesday October 14th
General Meeting presentation at the Minnetonka Community Center: 7:00PM
Paul Pederson will present his 'History of the Grays Bay Marina on Lake Minnetonka'. From rental boats in the 1890's,  to the Gray's Bay Resort, to the present day municipal marina----Come to learn about this gem in our community and share your memories and memoribilia.

Sunday, December 7th
Victorian Holiday Tea - At the Burwell House and MHS Museum: 11:00AM
- to 4:00PM
Join us for tea and pastry treats at the Burwell House which will be festooned for the Holidays with vintage decorations.

Children enjoying a ride on a Minnetonka Fire Dept.
truck at the beginning of the Ice Cream Social every June.
For more pictures of our Minnetonka events go to
events, presentations, and newsletters.

New Walking Tour of Minnetonka Mills

With 200 MHS archival photographs and maps. Click here to begin.

Created by Bill Jepson: MHS President,
and Betty Johnson: Minnetonka Historian

The new walking bridge over Minnehaha Creek and
steel arch and walkways in the gardens called Heritage Park.
Click here to see a short video from the point of view of
a bike ride across the bridge and around the historic Burwell House in April 2013


The History of the Glen Lake neighborhood of Minnetonka.
Our presentation of 100 pictures and maps of Glen Lake
including Kraemer Hardware and the Malm/Hossfeld log barn
which is the oldest building in Minnetonka. Click here to start:


Minnetonka aerial maps can now be perused at MHAPO
University of MN's Minnesota Historical Aerial Photographs Online

This is the oldest aerial photo of Minnetonka Mills taken in 1937
(with the Burwell House by the red arrow)

Click here to see huge detailed photo (10mb)


The Mission of the
Minnetonka Historical Society is to:

- to preserve our heritage and collections through documentation of assets.
- to serve as stewards of Minnetonka History for future generations.
- to educate the public through presentations, displays, and newsletters.
- to build community ties through annual social events and tours.

Minnetonka Mills book]

"Minnetonka Mills: 
A Historic Profile in Pictures and Stories
of a
Community in Minnetonka, Minnesota"

Written by Betty Johnson:
our resident historian for
the City of Minnetonka

On sale now for only $10.00

Updated July 2014 by: MHS Webmaster Bill Jepson

July 16, 2014 3:28 PM