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Monday, January 13, 7:00 pm Tapping History: Lake Minnetonka History Trivia Night!
Grab your friends, test your knowledge and win a prize at this special Tapping History. Topics will cover the past and present of Excelsior and the Lake Minnetonka area. You don’t need to be an expert to participate and you can compete individually or on an informal team. We will cover everything from famous people, places, boats, and many other topics. Learn more here!
Monday, February 10, 7:00 pm Olaf Searle, The Big Island channel & Mahpiyata Island
Much has been written about Big Island Amusement Park, Veteran’s Camp and “Cruiser’s Cove.” Learn about the lesser known history of Big Island as historian Paul Maravelas explores the rise and fall of a Norwegian-born immigration agent, his family’s lavishly landscaped landmark estate and his plans for a bridge to the mainland; and the origin of Mahpiyata Island including architect Franz Gayl's unusual hand built home on it, his effort to develop a camp dedicated to world peace, and the Dakota Indian legend of Mahpiyata. Registration opens January 1! Learn more here!
Monday, March 9, 7:00pm Postcards of Lake Minnetonka
First appearing in the early years of the 20th century, these cards are sometimes the only evidence we have of the lake's great hotels, massive steamers, amusement parks, as well as humble bait shops, streetscapes and bits of everyday life. This simple ephemera is an invaluable resource for historians, preserving images of years gone by. Chuck Donley will share some of his personal collection of over 1000 cards of Lake Minnetonka and its surrounding towns and will explore what the fascinating hobby of deltiology can tell us about Lake Minnetonka’s history.
Monday, April 13, 7:00pm Oakwood: A History of West Big Island
Big Island is often in the news, but the west side of the island gets little notice, even though we know there has been a human presence there for thousands of years. Aaron Person will explore this little known part of the island from its first inhabitants to the cottagers of the 1880s and the Scandinavian immigrants who moved in after them. “Oakwood” contains some of the oldest structures still in continuous use on either side of the island and has some fascinating stories to tell.