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Preserving 
Minnetonka's Past

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Support Minnetonka History during Give to the Max Day on November 17th!

 
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Join us for Give to the Max Day 2022!

Founded in 1970, the City of Minnetonka Historical Society is an independent, nonprofit organization with a mission to discover, preserve, and disseminate knowledge and information about the history of Minnetonka to its citizens. We maintain an extensive collection of historical artifacts and documents, and part of that collection is available for viewing online on MNCollections.org.  We are continuing work to document and display the majority of our artifacts in this manner. We also present educational programs on topics relating to Minnetonka and Minnesota history and we rely on dues and donations like yours to help us continue this mission. Thank you for helping us preserve Minnetonka's past!

About Give to the Max Day

Give to the Max Day was created in 2009 to launch GiveMN, a collaborative venture led by Minnesota Community Foundation and many other organizations committed to helping make our state a better place. That initial spark touched off an outpouring of generosity — $14 million in 24 hours. Since then, Give to the Max Day has become Minnesota’s annual giving holiday, raising more than
$250 million in its first 13 years. Every year, thousands of organizations and individuals generate donations and excitement for Minnesota causes that are working to improve the quality of life for all Minnesotans. Give to the Max Day has become a national model for giving days.

About GiveMN

GiveMN links donors with organizations that are working to make Minnesota a better place. Its online giving website, GiveMN.org, enables charitable giving any time and any
place, allowing people to donate with ease and enthusiasm. GiveMN brings innovation, energy and fresh ideas to Minnesota generosity. GiveMN is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Explore GiveMN.org today.

  • Since its inception in 2009, nonprofits and schools have raised nearly $300 million through GiveMN.org.

  • More than 14,000 organizations fundraise for their causes on GiveMN.org.

  • More than 730,000 individuals have made donations on GiveMN.org.

  • Give to the Max Day 2021 raised $34.3 million for 6,457 nonprofits and schools, a new record for Give to the Max in both the amount raised and the number of organizations participating.

  • GiveMN has given away more than $2.6 million in prizes to hundreds of nonprofits and schools through giving events like Give to the Max.

Our Mission

Discover, preserve and disseminate knowledge and information about the history of Minnetonka to its citizens.

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Come Make History With Us!

We maintain an extensive collection of historical artifacts and documents and are continuing work to document and display the majority of our artifacts for public access through mncollections.org. Additionally, we present educational programs on topics relating to Minnetonka and Minnesota history. To fulfill our mission, we are dependent on our members and appreciate your continued support. 

Browse Historical Photographs 

Take a historic walking tour of Minnetonka Mills


You can walk the tour anytime on your own with an Iphone or Ipad connected to our website. Start at the Burwell House and walk for an hour in a big circle through the business district of Minnetonka Boulevard and back across Minnehaha Creek on the new walking bridge. It includes 200 photos and maps with captions describing the story of Minnetonka's History. Highlights include the early flour mill days from 1852 until the 1890s, the Minnetonka School which is St Davids today, the railroads, and the businesses along Minnetonka Boulevard. Click here to start!