From time to time, I will highlight helpful resources for researchers or anyone interested in learning more about Edina's great history.
If you are hoarding past issues of the City of Edina's quarterly newsletter "About Town," you are not alone. Many people each year sheepishly drop off boxes and bags of past issues that they have been saving for their great features about the history of Edina. Because they're moving or cleaning house, they finally decide to get rid of the publications -- with a great deal of regret.
You do not need to stockpile your reading material any more. The City of Edina has put issues from Winter 2001 to present on-line. You can easily read the stories on the city's web site. (If this link doesn't work, simple type "About Town" and Edina in your search engine.)
For those unfamiliar with the history features, you'll soon find out why residents enjoy them so much. For more than a decade, three writers have explored in-depth a variety of topics, including the history of street names, historic landmarks, neighborhoods and pioneer families.
Dudley Parsons, whose family was among the first in the Morningside neighborhood, was the first to write the quarterly column. When he died, local historian Deborah Morse-Kahn took over She explored many new topics as she wrote and researched the wonderful history book "Edina: Chapters in the City History." Long-time resident and writer Joe Sullivan has written the column for several years. He also has written a book about the history of St. Patrick's Church in Edina. (To learn more about Dudley Parsons, read Joe's story in the Winter 2006 issue.)
For those that would rather read on paper rather than on-line, we have every past issue (and sometimes more than one copy thanks to our donors who have brought in those boxes and bags) at the Edina History Museum.
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