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
Monday October 12 at 7PM:
Tourism of Lake Minnetonka with Scott McGinnis
Tourism near Lake Minnetonka boomed after the Civil War, bringing
with it large hotels, streetcars, steamboats and, eventually, an
Historian Scott McGinnis will explore the rise and fall of the hotel and tourism industry at Lake Minnetonka.
421 Third Street
Free and open to the public
Download our walking tour brochure of Excelsior,
and take a self-guided tour
of our town.
take a ride on the Ghost Trolley!
Friday, October 23 &
Saturday, October 24
6PM to 9PM
Featuring live music,
haunted museum, and more!
to download our flyer
for more information.
Want to volunteer?
Email us at email@example.com
All proceeds benefit the ELMHS.