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.


Fall 2014 Newsletter

Upcoming Events -

Fall 2014
Tapping History:

Water Street USA
Monday, November 10 at 7PM
Excelsior Brewery,
421 Third Street

As Excelsior's Water Street bristles with new changes, proprietors of Leipold’s, Darel and LaVerna Leipold, will open up their vast private collection of historic photos to show how Water Street has changed, and in many ways resisted change, over the last century and more.

Join us at the Excelsior Brewery at 7PM for this free program.



Email: info@elmhs.org

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