Edina royals: Haenny and Cullen
Minneapolis might host the annual summer Aquatennial, but Edina residents have certainly been heavily involved in the 10-day festival throughout the years. Most notably, Edina's Barbara Peterson was crowned Queen of the Lakes before going on to win the Miss USA title in 1976.
The 1963 Aquatennial also was a big year for Edina, when Connie Haenny of 5600 Sherwood Avenue, was Queen and T. Floyd Cullen, 5404 Dundee Road, was Commodore. Even the grand marshal hailed from Morningside; Tippi Hedren, lead in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," came home to be celebrity grand marshal.
Every year, the Hennepin County History Museum explores the Aquatennial's fascinating past. During the third and fourth week of July, HHM is showcasing the "Crown Jewels" of Minneapolis Aquatennial Royalty. On exhibit are eight crowns including the brilliantly bejeweled Hobe crown first worn in 1948 by Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes Patty McLane (Parker). The piece is copied from a crown which won first prize in the Exhibition of Arts and Crafts in Florence, Italy in 1906. Designed by James D. Dougherty and crafted by George Hatlestad and Lawrence Hensel, the crown exhibits emerald green semi-precious stones, blood colored garnets, seed pearls, rubies and silver filigree work created by William Hobe and produced by the J.B. Hudson Company.
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