Hennepin County Historical Societies

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Hennepin County Historical Society

Phone: (612) 870-1329
Fax: (612) 870-1320
2303 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

General Information:

Executive Director: Jada K. Hansen

Curator: Jack Kabrud

Archivist: Susan Larson-Fleming

We are located a half block from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Sunday: 1:00-5:00 pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10:00-2:00 pm
Wednesday: 1:00-5:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00-8:00 pm
Friday-Saturday: 1:00-5:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 - 2:00pm
Wednesday through Saturday: 1:00pm -5:00pm
Closed: Sunday and Monday

Adults $5.00 
Seniors & Students under 18 $1.00
Members Free



University of Minnesota - General reference to MINNESOTA GENEALOGY
Minnesota Genealogical Society
1185 Concord St. N. Suite 218
South St. Paul, MN 55075-1150
(651) 455-9057

The Minnesota Genealogical Society has copies of 150+ church microfilms. Researchers can check out the list of available dates (baptism, marriage, death) for all churches in the Archdiocese.  Those with dates in red are also held at MGS.  http://www.mngs.org/catholic/stpaul1.html

Local Historical Organizations:

Bloomington Historical Society

10200 Penn Ave. South
Mail: 2525 W. Old Shakopee Road
Bloomington, MN 55431
Liaison: Vonda Vettrus
Curator: Lollie Ditebrenner 881-6371
Hours: 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday & by appt.


Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS)
Includes both Brooklyn Center
and Brooklyn Park.
BHS  was formed in 1970 and
published "The Brooklyn's" in 2001.

Brooklyn Park Historical Society

Come Home to the Park Coordinator
5200 85th Ave. N.
Brooklyn Park MN 55443
Phone: 763-493-8013


Champlin Historical Society

Regular meetings are held on the third Monday of each month, at Champlin City Hall, at
7 p.m.  We do take a hiatus for the summer, starting in June
e-mail info@champlinhs.org


Eden Prairie Historical Society

c/o Eden Prairie City Hall
8950 Eden Prairie Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Heritage Preservation: 952-949-8454
History of Eden Prairie


Edina Historical Society

Edina Historical Society

The Society operates the Edina Historical Center at Frank Tupa Park, 4918 Eden Ave.
The Society also operates a historic museum at Arneson Acres Park, 4711 W. 70th St. The museum is open 9 a.m. to noon Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays and by appointment. Displays cover topics such as the Edina Mill, archaeological exploration of the former Edina Mill and the history of Edina schools.

The Society holds meetings throughout the year that cover local and state history, antiques and pioneer handicrafts. Members of the Society are also available to speak in classrooms and at civic meetings. In addition, the group has prepared a slide and tape presentation as well as a new “History of Edina” video on the history of the City.

The Society welcomes new members and volunteers. For more information or to arrange a tour of the Historical Center or Museum, call 612-928-4577


Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society

P.O. Box 305
Excelsior, MN 55331
Liaison: Betty Peck
Office Hours: 9 - Noon Wed.& by appointment.
Museum Hours: Sat. 10 - 2:00 p.m. June thru October

To preserve, document and classify the physical history of the Lake Minnetonka area. To provide a means by which everyone can share in the history of the lake area. To stimulate interest in the cultural heritage of the area Founded in 1972, the Excelsior - Lake Minnetonka Historical Society serves the communities of Deephaven, Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood, and Tonka Bay. The Society's museum and archives are free and open to the public, and hold the largest collection of historic artifacts and documents in the area. A number of books about Lake Minnetonka history been published by the Society, and are available for purchase from the Society and in local bookstores. The Society also presents lectures and programs on topics of local historical interest throughout the year.

The Society's museum includes many artifacts and exhibits about the South Lake Minnetonka area including the Excelsior Amusement Park, Excelsior High School and local businesses, as well as the famous Lake Minnetonka sailing vessel the Onawa. The Museum is located at 305 Water Street in Excelsior and is open May through September, Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Society's archives hold many local historic records including photographs, maps, newspapers, historic Excelsior vital records, and other materials of special interest to genealogists and those researching building and house history in the area. The archives are housed in Excelsior City Hall, 339 Third Street (rear parking lot entrance) and are open year-round on Wednesdays, from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

The Society welcomes financial contributions as well as donations of historic artifacts and documents pertinent to the south Lake Minnetonka area.


Golden Valley Historical Society

The mission of the Golden Valley Historical Society is to discover, preserve,
and disseminate historical knowledge about Golden Valley, Minnesota.
Our goal is to preserve and restore the oldest church in the city. 
Located at 6731 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN.

Don Anderson (phone 763-588-8578) or email:


Hopkins Historical Society

33-14th Ave. North Hopkins, MN 55343
Tel: 952-548-6480
Hours of Operation
Tuesdays (September-April) 9:00 a.m. to noon
For other dates and times, please call 952-548-6480 for an appointment to visit the Museum


Maple Grove Historical Preservation Society

The Historical Society meet in the Mayor's conference room at the Maple Grove
Government Center on the 3rd Thursday of the month. 
Upcoming meeting dates may be found by calling 763-494-6000
or can be reached by calling 763-494-5983.


Minnetonka Historical Society

e-mail mhs@minnetonka-history.org

Burwell House
13209 McGinty Road East
Minnetonka, MN 55343
612/933-1611 or 612/476-4042
Hours: Burwell House by appointment


Independence Town Hall Museum

County Road 90 and T.H. #12
Sundays 2-5 p.m. June-August


New Hope Preservation Committee

New Hope City Hall
New Hope, MN 55428
Chairperson: Milt Honsey


North Hennepin Historical Society

Henry Klersy
8905 County Road 19
Corcoran, MN 55357


North Mississippi Historical Society

5113 50th Ave. No Minneapolis, MN 55429
President: Todd J. Hein

Email: toddhein@usfamily.net


Plymouth Historical Society

3605 Fernbrook Lane, Plymouth, MN
E-Mail Address:  info@plymouthmnhistoricalsociety.com


Richfield Historical Society

In Search of. We are searching for pictures of Richfield over the years for the first
exhibit in the new Richfield History Center.
If you have photographs of Richfield from any time period up to the present,
we would like to hear from you.
Please call us at 612-798-6140 to share your Richfield pictures.


Robbinsdale Historical Society

4915 No. 42nd Avenue
Robbinsdale, Mn.
Historic Robbinsdale papers available on microfilm located at the Brookdale Library:


St. Louis Park Historical Society

Physical Address: 6210 West 37th Street, Jovig Park
Mailing Address: 3700 Monterey Drive
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
The Historic Depot ( 6210 W. 37th Street address)
and Lenox Community Center, 6715 Minnetonka Blvd
Hours 10am to noon Thursdays at the Lenox Com. Center

Email address is history@slphistory.org
Secretary, Kathy Johnson, at 952-926-5040

Wayzata Historical Society

402 East Lake Street, at the Depot
Wayzata, MN 55391
Tel: 952-473-3631
Hours: By appointment


Western Hennepin Co.Pioneers Assoc.

1953 West Wayzata Boulevard (museum)
Box 332 (mailing)
Long Lake, MN 55356
Tel: 952-473-6557
Contact: Steve Kelley, President
Hours: Research Center: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays for both
Museum and Archives. 

Westonka Historical Society
2325 Commerce Blvd.
Mound, MN  55364


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