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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Winter 2014 Newsletter
Upcoming Events -
Winter - Spring 2015
Excelsior in the ‘60s: Epicenter of Twin Cities
Monday, February 9 - 7PM
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
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,