Welcome to the Minnetonka Historical Society! 
You can browse some of our historic photographs below 

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. 

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.




 

Coming up are three more presentations on March 9th, April 6th and May 4th. All on Mondays at about 10:30 at the City Hall. Details are here below. Please join us!

Recent MHS Events 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.

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Glen Lake Sanitorium - Hear the story of the Glen Lake sanitorium and
groundbreaking clinical strategies to treat TB

 

Speaker: Lorraine Kretchman
Date/Time: Monday March 9, 10:30 – 11:30am
Location: Minnetonka Community Center (check at the front desk for any
change in room assignment)
Contact Kaylee Wallins -952-939-8369
Audience: Seniors
Length: One hour

Historic Landmarks - Investigate the past and present cemeteries, locations
and buildings of Minnetonka

 

Speaker: Jan Cook
Date/Time: Monday April 6, 10:30 – 11:30am
Location: Minnetonka Community Center
(check at the front desk for any
change in room assignment)
Contact Kaylee Wallins
Audience: Seniors
Length: One hour

Shady Oak Beach: From Bloomers to Bikinis - A history of the development
of the Shady Oak Beach area, from farmland to present day beach front.

 

Speaker: Petey Ellis
Date/Time: May 4, 10:30 – 11:30am

Location: Minnetonka Community Center (check at the front desk for any
change in room assignment)
Contact Kaylee Wallins
Audience: Seniors
Length: One hour

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!

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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.

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.

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.

Be a part of history, before it becomes... HISTORY!

Minnetonka Historical Society
C/O City of Minnetonka
14600 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345

952-930-3962

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