Edina History Museum
Permanent display: History of Edina
Find out how Edina grew from a mill town on Minnehaha Creek to the thriving suburb it is today. See the objects and clothing used by early farm families. Discover the beginnings of Edina's first residential neighborhoods, Morningside and Country Club District. Remember Clancy's Restaurant from 50th and France. This exhibit covers the major milestones in Edina's development from the 1850s to the 1950s.
A scavenger hunt developed for second-grade classes is available for group tours. Please call ahead to make arrangements for large groups: 612-928-4577.
Closing Dec. 21, 2013: EdinaScapes
What would Edina be without the rushing of Minnehaha Creek or the bright marquee of the Edina Theater at 50th and France?
See Edina through the eyes of talented local artists in a new exhibit "EdinaScapes," created by the Edina Art Center in partnership with the Edina Historical Society.
The special Quasquicentennial opened in June at EAC and is on display now through Dec. 21 at the Edina History Museum during regular museum hours. Admission is free.
Most of the artworks are available for purchase; sales benefit the artist as well as EAC and the Historical Society.
Opening January 2014: 60 years of Edina Garden Council
For 60 years, the Edina Garden Council has helped the community bloom in many ways.
Besides planting public gardens and holding annual plant sales, EGC helped create the city's first recycling program and worked on buckthorn abatement, among many other projects.
Find out more! Visit EGC's mini exhibit showing its 60 years of accomplishments. The exhibit will be on display January and February 2014.
Opening March 2014: Edina on the Map
Explore the community’s growth and change with the Edina History Museum’s next exhibit “Edina on the Map” opening this spring.
The exhibit idea comes from the Minnesota Historical Society's former "Minnesota on the Map" exhibit. While MHS looked at the whole state, this exhibit will focus in on Edina.
The exhibit will include maps not only from EHS collections, but also from the business files of second-generation surveyor Frank Cardarelle. Real estate brochures, historic plat maps, transportation maps and other artifacts are part of this exhibit opening in March. See more here.
In development: History of Edina Hockey
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.
Skip Thomas and Bruce Carlson, who both played on Edina’s first state championship team in 1969, are heading up the effort to bring in artifacts from every decade of history and from all levels of play.
The Society invites the community to assist in planning related events, such as reunions or games, in conjunction with the exhibit. Players are also asked to contribute their hockey memories, such as this one written by Steve Smetana about growing up in Edina:
“I grew up across the street from the Arden Park hockey rink at 5300 Brookview Avenue from 1964 to 1972. The most obvious benefit from living across the street from the ice rink was our ability to put on our skates in the living room, skate out the front door, glide the path, cross the street, down the hill and over the boards! (30 second trip.)
“Winter belonged to the rinks and warming huts. The Arden Park Warming hut, with its wood stove and hot chocolate dispenser, served as a sanctuary from the cold and a place to prepare for the next game.. In all my years of hockey, most of my stitches came from playing goalie in our Edina basement. My brother had a great slap shot and I had a great move of diving at his stick! ~ Steve Smetana, Wooddale Elementary, Class of 1973.
Call the museum at 612-928-4577 or email us to find out more about volunteering or contributing items for the exhibit