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’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 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.


Winter 2014 Newsletter

Upcoming Events -

Winter - Spring 2015
Tapping History

Excelsior in the ‘60s: Epicenter of Twin Cities
Teen Life

Monday, February 9 - 7PM
Excelsior Brewery,
421 Third Street

Excelsior-native Daniel Gabriel shares stories of his coming-of-age in the village. Learn about Baldies and Battles of the Bands, long-dismantled rides and legends of the Fun House.

The Excelsior Commons
Monday, March 9 - 7PM
Excelsior Brewery,
421 Third Street

Since the founding of Excelsior, the area designated as the Commons has expanded greatly and has been host to a number of structures, businesses, and activities.

Historian Scott D. McGinnis, author of Excelsior’s Waterfront: The History of the Excelsior Commons and Excelsior Docks, will detail the history of this
unique parcel of land.

For complete program descriptions and details of our Tapping History events,
click here.



Email: info@elmhs.org

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