The Minnetonka Historical Society will present another
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 is $12.00 per item with a limit of 2 items per person.  Registrations begin October 1, 2019. Exhibitors will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, and space is limited, so register early!  You will receive a confirmation once your registration has been received and accepted.

The registration form is available below here. 

Please contact the Minnetonka Historical Society at 952-930-3962 for more information.

Minnetonka Historical Society

Antiques Appraisal Registration Form


Fee:  $12.00 per item

Limit 2 Items per person

Sorry, we cannot accept firearms, fine jewelry, and fine art.  All items must be able to be brought and carried by the exhibitor, as we are unable to assist in transport.  Appraisers will provide a verbal appraisal only.

Photos may be included, however, they will not be returned. 


Name ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_________________________________________________________________

Email _________________________________________________________________

Phone _________________________________________________________________


Item 1

Description (color, size, shape, history, age if known, purpose, or any other information that would help the appraiser determine a value)



Item 2

Description (color, size, shape, history, age if known, purpose, or any other information that would help the appraiser determine a value)


Send your completed registration form, pictures and payment to:

Minnetonka Historical Society Antiques Appraisal

c/o City of Minnetonka

14600 Minnetonka Boulevard, Minnetonka MN 55345


You will receive a confirmation once your registration has been received and accepted. 

During the appraisal event, each exhibitor will individually tell the story of their item. Assessments will be captured on the big screen so the audience can enjoy an up close view.

Becky Knickerbocker donates her Kitchen Utensil Collection
the Minnetonka Historical Society

Petey Ellis, MHS Board Member and one of our Curators for the Burwell Museum, wrote this article about Becky Knickerbocker and her recent donation of dozens of antique kitchen utensils to the Minnetonka Historical Society:

Becky Knickerbocker is a longtime resident of Minnetonka. Becky taught school at Gatewood for 35 years as a kindergarten teacher and 7 years as a preschool teacher at All Saints Church. Becky says  "As a young woman I enjoyed collecting antiques. I began a quest of collecting antique cooking utensils. As my collection grew, I was challenged to discover their purpose. 
I wanted to display them so we put up a bright red molding around our kitchen ceiling and hung them all. Guests loved guessing their purpose and were challenged to find the 1 out of 100 that was not a utensil. I wanted to gift this fun collection but didn’t know where. On a tour of the Burwell House, I found a perfect home for my treasures. The museum can display my collection so others will enjoy them too." 


What a great summer we have had when we reopened the Minnetonka Historical Society Museum located on the grounds of the Burwell House. This building was once the headquarters of the Minnetonka Mills Company. Over 450 guests came to explore our Museum.
Each month we highlighted a specific history topic. For June, we displayed photos, a time line of events, and artifacts that told the story of Milling on the Minnehaha Creek. For July, we displayed photos and artifacts about berry picking and truck farming in Minnetonka. For August and September, we told the story of Victorian kitchens. We featured unique kitchen utensils made first by tinkers who came to each house selling and making clever items needed by cooks. We also talked about ways to preserve food needed throughout the year. We shook cream into butter and tasted fresh and dried blueberries. Outdoors, our guests were able to wash clothes in the Victorian way. In September we also added a vignette of the three different Burwell Schools in Minnetonka Mills centered around an original student desk and books.

The museum will be opened during the Spooktacular organized by the City of Minnetonka scheduled for October 25 th . We will also have three Victorian Games. You can play Skittles, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, and a Tops Spinning with nearly authentic Victorian candy as the prize for trying. Do come and enjoy a spooky evening. We have been lucky enough to receive several gifts for our Museum. We have received, sketches, an old telephone, plates, maps, a fan collection, and more. If you need a new home for your precious small antique items or pictures, please consider our museum as a new home for your treasures.

        MHS Calendar: Fall 2019

(Minnetonka Open House: cancelled
this year due to construction.)


October 25th Fri: Spooktacular!  (5:30 to 8PM)
Halloween festivities at the Burwell House.

October 29th Tues: Antique Appraisal  (7PM)

Your Antiques Appraised by an expert. Mtka City Hall

November 10th, 17th, 24th and Dec 1st:
Burwell House Tours:
Sundays from 1 to 4pm - Free Tours of the Burwell House decorated for the Holidays.

Minnetonka Historical Society Board

Bill Jepson - President, Newsletter, Website, Archives -
Jim Whisler - Treasurer - 
Jan Cook - Director, Marketing , Antique Appraisal -

Petey Ellis - Director, Monthly Newsletter - 

Tom Peterson - Director, Collections, Legal -

Lisa Fowler - Director, Presentations -
Stephanie Herrick - Director - Archives -
Wendy Houldsworth - Director - Museum, Antiques Appraisal
Lorraine Kretchman - Director - Presentations -

Terry Mulhern - Director -

Becky Knickerbocker and her kitchen utensil collection that she donated to the Minnetonka Historical Society!

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


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