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.

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Spring 2014 Newsletter

Upcoming Events -
Spring 2014

Tapping History:
Pints & Reflections on Lake Minnetonka's Past

This new monthly series will feature a local history guru on the second Monday of each month in the basement of Jake O'Connor's.

Next Gathering: Monday, May 12 at 7pm

Miss Minnesota Pageants at the Excelsior Amusement Park

Millie Goodermont will describe the Miss Minnesota pageant, held at the Excelsior Amusement Park from 1941 to 1953.

Goodermont will discuss the pageant’s early days in Excelsior, and the women who went on to represent the state at Miss America and beyond.

Goodermont is a former competitor in the Miss Minnesota program and is a current member of its board of directors, where she serves as historian.

The following gathering will take place Monday, June 9 at 7pm aboard the Minnehaha Steamboat.

Reservations will be limited.
To reserve your spot, call 952-221-4766, or register online.


Email: info@elmhs.org

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