... at the Edina History Museum, so this edition of "Monday Mashup" will be brief. I love to hear from readers, so I'll start with some comments from the blog.
1. Dayton's Garden Shop: In response to my post last Friday on Dayton's Garden Shop, Jeff Thompson, wrote: "I grew up in the 1960's and remember the garden store well. In the winter they would sell skis and skates. I remember when I was about twelve years old my Dad gave me money to purchase a lawnmower there. I remember pushing it home down France Avenue."
2. Clancy Drug: After reading about Clancy's (here, here and here), Bob Skomars wrote us about his memories of the 50th and France drug store, lunch counter and Toyland. "I remember going to Clancy's Toyland with great fondness. I lived over on 47th and Washburn and as a young child would walk 'all the way' over to Clancy's regularly to 'Ooh' and 'Ahh' over the toy selection. I mostly liked model cars. Later on I would buy 45 records from Clancy's. I also went to a dentist across the street behind Clancy's and he would give me a certificate good for a chocolate malt at Clancy's diner after each visit. Talk about perpetuating your business, huh? His name was Dr. Middleton.
To a kid in the early/mid '60's Clancy's was as good as it got. Eventually Southdale opened up but the Clancy's was all about kids and toys. How cool is that?!"
Kids and toys... those are good reasons why Clancy's is a big part of our current exhibit "Growing Up in Edina." Thanks to former owner Marlin Ramler, we have lots of great photos on display and still many more to scan.
3. School groups: Tomorrow, we're hosting second graders from Highlands Elementary School, and I always get a kick out of the kids' views on history. When Cornelia Elementary visited this fall, they were excited to see the World War II era tin soldiers in our "Growing Up in Edina" exhibit. The painted figures look different than the green plastic Army men today's youngsters own, but "I would totally play with these!" one boy exclaimed, to the enthusiastic agreement of his friends. They get just as excited over manual typewriters and record players as they do butter churns and spinning wheels.
We are happy to host any group.. You don't need to make reservations for regular museum hours, but we appreciate a heads up if possible. If you'd like to visit outside of regular hours, please call us well in advance (two or more weeks) so that we can schedule a volunteer docent, 612.928.4577.
4. Membership newsletter: I have spent less time on the blog lately because I've been focusing my efforts on writing our quarterly membership newsletter, which has longer history features and more great photos. If you would like to receive the newsletter, please join us. Memberships are as little as $15 a year. What do you get for your money? Well, the newsletter and, as I like to say, a warm feeling that you are helping preserve the history of your community. Because the Edina Historical Society is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, your membership (which is essentially a yearly donation) is tax deductible. If you enjoy the blog or our programs, please consider a membership to help us continue our work.
5. Snow! We had a couple inches of snow this morning. You know what that means, besides a slippery commute for many people this morning? Yes, that's right. We may be able to have our annual sledding parties in February. With such a dry winter, our hill was brown until this morning and I was worried I'd have to come up with Plan B. Let's hope the snow sticks around!
Have a good week, everyone! I will have more Southdale photos on Friday and one or more blog stories later this week.
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