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, April 14 at 7pm

Minnetonka Speed Boat Tales

Please join us for an evening that will enrich any boat experience on Lake Minnetonka with stories about Excelsior Amusement Park ride boats, the Gerry-Lo, Harriet, Moonahanus and more. The program will include rare photos and stories that connect the owners and their watercraft to our rich boating heritage.

The presentation will be from F. Todd Warner, a lifetime Lake Minnetonka resident. He is also the Founder/CEO of Mahogany Bay.

For 40 years, F. Todd Warner and Mahogany Bay have been committed to preserving the history, skills, beauty and value of America's greatest woodcraft art form for future generations.

The following gathering will take place Monday, May 12 at 7pm.


Email: info@elmhs.org

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