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The Millwheel

The tri-annual Newsletter for the Minnetonka Historical Society

Some of our past issues are here below for you to read on line in color!

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You are cordially invited to attend the
City of Minnetonka Historical Society Annual Meeting!


Tuesday, September 13,  6:30 pm

Minnetonka Community Room

14600 Minnetonka Blvd.


Our Special Presentation is

Minnesota's Involvement in the Dakota War of 1862 and the Civil War

focusing on the 1st Minnesota and 3rd Minnesota Volunteer Regiments

by Tom Peterson

Retired Attorney and Local Civil War Expert


We are very pleased to have Tom share his knowledge of the courage
and the controversy of these two Minnesota regiments,
during a critical time in our nation’s history.

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1st MN Regiment attacks at Gettysburg 1863.jpg

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Join our Board at MHS

Are you a history buff?

Have you ever wanted to be involved in historic renovation or research?

Do you have time on your hands and want to give back to your community?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be interested in volunteering to serve on the City of Minnetonka Historical Society Board of Directors or pursue other volunteer opportunities for the society.  We are a 100% volunteer-driven 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1972.  If yes, click on the link below for further information. 

Volunteer Application


History Matters


Minnetonka Historical Society Board

Jan Cook - President -
Lisa Fowler - Vice President -
Jim Whisler - Treasurer -
Stephanie Herrick - Secretary -
Bill Jepson - Millwheel, Website -
Rick Kruger - Social Media -
Ian Baxter - Technology -

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Vintage – Collectables –
Antiques Appraisal Extravaganza!


Presented by:  City of Minnetonka Historical Society

and the Hopkins Historical Society


Sunday, September 11

1 pm to 4 pm

Minnetonka Community Center

14600 Minnetonka Blvd., Minnetonka

Bring your items and see what they’re worth!

*This is a verbal estimate and not designed for insurance purposes


Spaces are limited, so register soon!  

Limit 2 items per person

Cost per item: $13 Society Members

$16 Non Members

Pre-registration required


Use this link to register:

• for members:

• for nonmembers:


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Burwell House Spooktacular

Friday, Oct. 28 from 5-8 p.m.

Wear your best costume and have a spooktacularly good time at this FREE fall event!

This 3rd annual City of Minnetonka community event is held at the city's historic Burwell House.
A Halloween-themed family gathering, the Spooktacular features a scavenger hunt,

storytelling, treats, kids activities and, of course, great costumes.

November Self Guided Tours:

The Historic Burwell House is open for the Holiday season!

The City of Minnetonka Historical Society is happy to announce that
the Historic Charles H. Burwell house will be open for holiday tours on

Sundays from 1 to 4 pm.

November 13   November 20   November 27  

Come and stroll through the entire home, decorated for a Victorian Christmas.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated

 The Historic Burwell House

13209 E. McGinty Road, Minnetonka

December Holiday Open House: 


Burwell Holiday Open House

Sunday, December 4 from 1 to 4 pm

 at the Historic Burwell House


Join us for a self-guided tour of this beautiful Victorian house
decorated for the holidays.  Refreshments in the cottage.


Free (donations appreciated).  Parking available in St. David’s lot across the street.

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         Mystery photos answers: locations of these old businesses that are gone now.
Log Cabin Inn : Chowens Corner, Deephaven  (Minnetonka Blvd. and Northome Blvd.)
Hagen Hardware   12926 Minnetonka Blvd. in Mtka Mills (Arts Desire today)
Maxines Drive In : Highway 7 at Vine Hill Road
Sam's Drive In : Highway 101 and Minnetonka Blvd

You're invited to two upcoming free Minnetonka History Presentations!  


#1                                 Minnehaha Creek legacies in the 1800s

Learn about the Native Americans and settlers who left their legacies living near the creek from Lake Harriet to Lake Minnetonka in the 19th century: Little Crow, Pond, 

Gray, Loring, and King.

Tuesday,  September 27th  10:30 am at the Minnetonka Community Center

Presented by Bill Jepson, Minnetonka Historical Society

#2                           Minnetonka Landmarks, Gone but Not Forgotten


Minnetonka has changed greatly since it was first settled decades ago. Learn about some of the buildings that once graced our landscape, but, sadly are no longer with us. 


Wednesday, October 5  1 pm Minnetonka Community Center

Presented by Jan Cook, Minnetonka Historical Society

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Mailing Address

Minnetonka Historical Society
C/O City of Minnetonka
14600 Minnetonka Blvd

Minnetonka, MN 55345

Museum & Burwell House

Minnetonka Historical Society

13209 McGinty Road East

Minnetonka, MN 55305

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