Historical resources for Deephaven, Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood and Tonka Bay, Minnesota.

Founded in 1972
, the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society serves the communities of Deephaven, Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood, and Tonka Bay. 

The Society‚Äôs 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 have been published by the Society, and are available for purchase from the Society On-Line and in local bookstores. 

The Society also presents lectures and programs on topics of local historical interest throughout the year.

Our Mission
  • 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.

Become a member

Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers to help at our archives, which are open every Wednesday from 9AM to noon. There are several opportunities available, from filing and organizing to helping visitors with research. Training is provided.

Please contact us at 952.221.4766 or info@elmhs.org
for more information.


Spring 2015 Newsletter

Upcoming Events -

Spring 2015

Join us on April 4, from 1-4 pm as we celebrate the publication of our latest book.

 "Images of America: Lake Minnetonka," was written by Lisa Stevens of the
Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society, Joanie Holst of the Wayzata
Historical Society, and Elizabeth Vandam of the Westonka Historical Society.
The book launch will be held at the hisbtoric Wayzata Depot, 402 Lake Street East, Wayzata.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, and the authors will be available to meet the public and sign books which can be purchased at the event.



Email: info@elmhs.org

Post Office Box 305
Excelsior, MN 55331
Phone: (952) 221-4766