Founded in 1972,
the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society serves the communities
of Deephaven, Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood, and Tonka Bay.
Society’s museum and archives are free and open to the public,
and hold the largest collection of historic artifacts and documents in
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
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.
Museum Volunteers Needed
need volunteers to help at the museum on Thursdays and Satudays this
summer. You can sign-up online by following three easy steps. The
museum opens Saturday, June 7 for the season.
1. Visit the VolunteerSpot website
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. You can also call Kathy at 612-419-7296 to register.
Spring 2014 Newsletter
Upcoming Events -
Pints & Reflections on Lake Minnetonka's Past.
Monday, August 11, 6:45PM aboard the Steamboat Minnehaha
Boat Tour of the Historic Hotels and Boarding Houses of lower Lake Minnetonka
McGinnis will join us for a cruise on the steamer Minnehaha to
highlight the great hotels and boarding houses that dotted the lake
around Excelsior. McGinnis is a local historian and author of Excelsior’s Waterfront and A Directory of Old Boats.
Tickets are $20 for ELMHS members and $30 for non-members.
Reservations are limited.