Edina Historical Society news:
Learn about Southdale history with Community Ed class
On Oct. 8, 1956, media from all over the world covered the grand opening of Southdale, the first fully enclosed, air conditioned shopping mall in the country. More than 40,000 shoppers flocked to see the new stores anchored by Dayton’s and Donaldson’s and the “Garden Court of Perpetual Spring” with its aviary, goldfish pond, grand art and sidewalk café. Unique in 1956, Southdale soon became the model for hundreds of malls.
Learn about the history-making mall with a new class offered by the Edina Historical Society through Community Education on Tuesday, Oct. 21, 10:30 a.m. to noon.
Thomas Fisher, professor at the University of Minnesota, will look at Southdale’s historical importance, its milestones over its 58-year history, and what the changing nature of shopping suggests for its future. Marty Rud, Southdale’s first public relations director, will talk about the events he orchestrated – from “Truth or Consequences” game show to a traveling circus – to bring in shoppers and create a community gathering place. The Society will display a “pop up exhibit” of photos and artifacts from its Southdale collection and recently donated items from Simon Properties.
Class fee is $10 and space is limited. Register through Edina Community Education.
Explore "Edina on the Map" at Edina History Museum
Explore how your neighborhood and the city of Edina grew and changed through maps! The Edina History Museum's newest exhibit "Edina on the Map" shows which neighborhoods developed because of the new transportation options in the early 1900s - the streetcar line and the Dan Patch passenger train -- and which grew because of other influences.
The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular museum hours: Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon. Book a personalized program and tour for your group or neighborhood association by emailing us. Allow two weeks' notice or more to schedule speaker Frank Cardarelle, a second generation Edina surveyor.
The museum is located at 4711 West 70th Street in Arneson Acres Park.
Now seeking Edina hockey items for upcoming exhibit
The Edina Historical Society is looking for artifacts that tell the history of Edina hockey for an upcoming exhibit.
Whether you played peewees or pros, on the girls' teams or the boys', for the Cougars or the Hornets, we want your uniforms, photos, sticks, skates and stories. The items can be loaned, for return at the end of the year-long exhibit, or donated.
Call Marci at 612-928-4577 or email her to find out more or if you are interested in planning related events, such as a reunion or game, to celebrate Edina's great hockey tradition.
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Make a difference in what we can do to preserve Edina's history. Your support helps us transcribe the diaries of Edina's black pioneers, record the memories of our community history-makers, purchase archival supplies to preserve Edina artifacts and much more!
The Edina Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible as allowed by law. Become a member or send a donation by credit card via GiveMN.
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If you live in Edina, Minnesota, we're the best place to find the history of your home, your school, your neighborhood and your organization. The Edina Historical Society has worked since 1969 to collect, preserve and tell the history of our community as it has grown from a mill town to a mall suburb.