Welcome to the Minnetonka Historical Society!
As part of Lake Minnetonka's History Month, the Burwell House and Museum have reopened! The Burwell House is open for tours on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 1 pm to 4 pm. Read more below.
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Special Announcement from Jan Cook:
the President of the Minnetonka Historical Society
We are happy to announce that MHS has received a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant of $9,325 through the Minnesota Historical Society for the purpose of converting our existing collections management system to a more sustainable alternative, CollectiveAccess. CollectiveAccess is an open-source software that can be continually updated as necessary; it is cloud-based and user-friendly; and it will enable us to share our collections online via the MNCollections.org website. The transition to CollectiveAccess will provide us with the tools we need to finish the process of cataloging our collections, and, as it is a responsive, sustainable system, it will ensure the long-term preservation of our collection data. In turn, our collections will become more accessible to MHS members, other historical societies, and the general public. We anticipate that this project will take approximately 10 months. After that, we will begin to catalog the remainder of our collection.
Stephanie Herrick, the volunteer Collections Manager for the Minnetonka Historical Society, will oversee this project. She holds a master’s degree in Museum Studies from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and spent five years as the Curator of Education at the Scott County Historical Society in Shakopee, MN. She has been on the board of the Minnetonka Historical Society and has served as its Collections Manager since fall 2019.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact:
Stephanie Herrick email@example.com or Jan Cook firstname.lastname@example.org
This publication was made possible in part by the people of Minnesota through a grant funded by an appropriation to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Any views, findings, opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society, or the Minnesota Historic Resources Advisory Committee.
We have a new project during this historic pandemic, which is to document with pictures and stories, our experience in Minnetonka as we self quarantine and as our businesses cope with customers having to stay at home. Please send us your pictures and stories if you would like to share them in an email or posting to our facebook page. Thank you, and stay safe!
The Unmapped Brewery in Glen Lake offers drive up sales of their beer.
Ridgedale Mall totally empty on a spring time Friday afternoon. Resturants offer take out though.
Trader Joes let's in 10 shoppers at a time, seen here as they cue up 6 feet apart outside.
For more Minnetonka History please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/minnetonkahistoricalsociety/
Featured on our Facebook page this month is information about one of our dynamic neighborhoods within Minnetonka: Glen Lake!
You can watch along with the original powerpoint slides here
(for better resolution) www.wjepson.com/glenlake
And you can read the Glen Lake Book which we based much of the presentation on here www.wjepson.com/GlenLakeBook
Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social 2000!
For those of you that are missing our wonderful Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social at the Burwell House this summer, here is a nostalgic video of the festivities in the year 2000! Hopefully we will have it again some time?
MHS Speakers Bureau 2020
This year we started an exciting new series of presentations at the Senior Center at Minnetonka City Hall covering various topics about Minnetonka History.In January we started with two presentations by our President Bill Jepson. One about the History of 19th Century Milling in Minnetonka, and the other about Minnetonka through the last 60 years when they became a Village and a City. (CLICK on the Title Page below to play a video of the presentation. )
In February, Lorena Hooyman spoke about the Evolution of Transportation in Minnetonka with the help of
Lisa Fowler. All three presentations so far were very well attended and we fielded many interesting questions afterwards.
In March, Lorraine Kretchman spoke about the Glen Lake Sanitorium.
Past pre-Covid Events with MHS in 2019
Annual MHS Holiday Open House
About 200 people attended the Burwell House tours this year over a succesion of four Sunday afternoons in November and December.
They enjoyed touring the 1883 house while it was decorated in traditional Holiday trimmings which were put up by local High School student volunteers. Afterwards they warmed up in the cottage with some hot tea and cookies. Click here to see a gallery of photos from the event.
Minnetonka Halloween Spooktacular
The first annual Spooktacular was held at the Burwell House this October. It was a huge success with 1200 people attending; mostly children in costumes playing games, making arts and crafts, and roasting marshmallows.
Click here for a gallery of photographs of the event!
Antiques Appraisal Event!
Tuesday October 29th at 7:00PM
Have you discovered a possible treasure in your grandmother’s attic? Do you have an heirloom that you wonder about? To find out, come to the Minnetonka Historical Society Antiques Appraisal Event on Tuesday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Minnetonka Community Room.
A team of local experts will review your item and provide you with a verbal appraisal. Modeled after the popular “Antiques Roadshow” program, each exhibitor will be able to tell their story and the items will be projected on the big screen for all to view.
The fee was $12.00 per item with a limit of 2 items per person.
THINGS TO DO WITH THE MINNETONKA HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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!
Take a tour of Minnetonka's
1883 Burwell House, which is
on the National Historical Register
The Charles H. Burwell House, located at 13209 E. McGinty Road, Minnetonka, will open for the 2020 tour season from June through September on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Every first Sunday in December is the Victorian Holiday Open House when we invite the public to tour the house with Holiday decorations throughout. And then you can socialize afterwards in the cottage with tea and bakery treats.
Attend our Minnetonka History presentations. Five new ones at the Minnetonka City Hall this year!
The Minnetonka Historical Society sponsors presentations every Spring and Fall about different topics in Minnetonka History. We have many more topics to hear about every month in early 2020. Watch here for details. You can also watch past presentations in our 'presentation' page here where most of the videos are streamed by the city. Some of the topics include Grays Bay Marina,Oak Knoll, the last dairy farm, horses, railroads, schools, parks, and the Glen Lake Sanitorium.
Click here to see our Glen Lake History slidshow.
Minnetonka Historical Society Membership
Please consider becoming a member and you will get the tri-annual newsletter and also now a complimentary copy of the Minnetonka Historical Society book about the history of Minnetonka Mills written by our past historian Betty Johnson with our best historic photographs and maps.
Click here for more.
Be a part of history, before it becomes... HISTORY!
You can browse some of our best historical photographs here.