Celebrating Edina's 125 years of making history
Quasquicentennial: It's a big name for a big year.
In 2013, Edina will celebrate its 125th year of independence. On Dec. 12, 1888, the western half of Richfield Township formed the independent Village of Edina.
Help celebrate Edina's big milestone. Plan an event or support one of our planned celebrations: a historic home tour, "History Happened Here" exhibit, a historic-themed July 4th parade and a Founders' Day celebration on Dec. 12, 2013. See details below.
Join Edina's community groups that already have committed their assistance:
April 20: Braemar Skaters salute Edina with "Go Green!"
The history-making Braemar City of Lakes Figure Skating Club will salute Edina history at their 48th Annual Ice show on Friday, April 19th and Saturday, April 20th at 6:30pm at the Braemar Ice Arena, 7501 Ikola Way, Edina.
The club will open with "Go Green!" in the show entitled Skating the Colors of Life, featuring skaters from age 3 to 18 including the 2013 Junior National Championship Team.The Friday show is dedicated to the 125th Anniversary of the City of Edina and will include many local dignitaries and the Edina High School Band.
Other performances will spotlight the City Skate School Classes skating in group numbers, Club Skaters in Solos, Duets, Trios and Groups and three Synchronized Skating Teams. Tickets are available at the show. General Admission - $7; Children 5 and under - Free, Students through High School/Seniors - $5
Deadline May 1: Submit Edina family recipe for city's cookbook
Over the past 125 years, those who came to Edina – no matter how brief their stay – have built the community. Bonds between people were often formed around food at dinner tables, picnics in the park, soda shop counters and local eateries.
To pay tribute to residents’ contributions in forming the community, the City will produce a cookbook for the Quasquicentennial celebration featuring stories about local families of the past and present, along with a few of each family’s recipes.
“The Quasquicentennial cookbook is meant to contain a collection of food recipes that were developed by residents throughout Edina’s history,” said Communications & Technology Services Director Jennifer Bennerotte. “It will acquaint Edina residents, and others, with meals prepared by both their predecessors and neighbors living down the street today.”
Contact: Call 952-826-0359 or email city staff to participate. Families featured in the cookbook will receive free copies.
July 4th Parade celebrates "Making History Since 1888"
1930s Edina July 4th parade
Edina loves a parade! The July 4th parade is a great community event and opportunity to celebrate Edina.
How you can participate: Show off your organization’s history by marching in historic costume, entering a historic-themed float or recreating a scene from Edina’s past. Sponsor a contest for best history entry or help with logistics and planning.
Contact: Frank Cardarelle, Parade Committee Member, 952-941-3031.
Sept. 15: Historic Home Tour features three architectural eras
The Baird house
Homeowners of three distinctive styles of early Edina houses will open their doors to the public this fall. Visitors will see the 1886 George and Sarah Baird home on 50th Street, a Country Club District home and a Morningside bungalow. Tickets will cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit the renovation of the Edina History Museum.
Contact Dianne Plunkett Latham, Tour Chair, 952-941-3542.
June 27 - July 31: EdinaScapes juried art show at Art Center, continues at Edina History Museum until end of 2013
What would Edina be without the rushing of Minnehaha Creek, the grand view of Grandview or the bright marquee of the Edina Theater at 50th and France? As author Terry Tempest Williams wrote: “Landscape shapes culture.”
Artists will capture the landscapes of Edina in a special, first-ever juried show depicting landscapes, cityscapes, parks and landmarks of Edina. All are invited to submit their best work by May 30.
After debuting at the Edina Art Center from June 27 to July 31, the show will move to the Edina History Museum for an extended showing through the end of 2013.
August 2013: "History Happened Here" exhibit
The Santrizos boys at the Convention Grill
The Edina Historical Society will take its exhibit out of the museum and onto the streets of Edina. Historic photos and stories will be posted where people shop, walk, dine and play. Residents will learn about the history of their favorite restaurant while they wait to be seated, or discover the farmer whose corn field once stood in their baseball outfield.
How you can participate: make space for a photo poster at your business, sponsor a scavenger hunt to encourage residents to find all historic sites, help tell the story of your group or business by donating photos and info, sponsor printing costs—the bigger the budget the more stories we can tell!
Contact: Marci Matson, Edina Historical Society Director, 612-928-4577.
Oct. 10: Edina era told in "Tales of a (Desperate) Book Club"
Hear how a cluster of “trailing spouses,” arriving in Edina in the years around 1980, connected first through Newcomers and then through books. Hear how they read and talked together through those changing times, how the books they chose spurred and guided them into new arenas, and how, no longer moving on, they have made Edina their home.
Betty Johnson McGarry and other “desperates” share their story on Thursday, Oct.10, at the Fireside Room in the Senior Center/Library building. Program sponsors are the Edina Historical Society, the Friends of the Edina Library, and the Edina Reads program. The event will occur in tandem with the 50th anniversary celebration of the Edina Friends.
Dec. 12: Founders' Day Celebration
Village Council meeting held at the Grange.
Celebrate Edina’s founding at Edina City Hall with a series of short vignettes showing key moments in the city’s history.
How you can participate: Perform a reading, skit, song or original piece that celebrates Edina’s 125 years of history. Plan on attending!
Contact: Joni Bennett, Founders’ Day Chair, 952-927-0661.