Edina Historical Society news:
Founders' Day on Dec. 12: 125 years in 40 minutes or less
Miller George Millam, one of Edina's founders
Hear how Edina got its name, how Southdale captured the nation's attention and other telling moments from Edina's history at Founders' Day celebration at 7 p.m., Dec. 12.
Presenters will provide a "verbal highlight reel" from Edina's 125-year history, in 40 minutes or less.
The event also includes an open house at historic Cahill School and Minnehaha Grange Hall at 5 p.m., performances by the Edina Chorale and, of course, cake.
The event is free and open to the public and caps off the Quasquicentennial, celebrating 125 years since the city's founding on Dec. 12, 1888. See our 125th page for more information.
Was your ancestor among the 56 who voted on whether Edina should separate from Richfield Township and incorporate as a village? See list of voters here and contact us if your family member is on the list.
Visit "EdinaScapes" exhibit at Edina History Museum
Three scenes by Thetphel Ivory
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.
Purchase "Then and Now" framed photos of Edina scenes
Ray's Dairy/Picket Fence - Then and Now
The Edina Historical Society asked professional photographer Chip Jones to take current photographs of historic images in the EHS collection. The "Then and Now" photographs are now on display in "EdinaScapes" exhibit at the Edina History Museum.
The framed photo pairs are also available for purchase: $125 as framed.
The scenes include 50th and France, Southdale's Garden Court, Ray's Dairy Store, Browndale Bridge and 44th and France's northwest corner. Other scenes may be available by special commission.
For more information, contact the Society by email or call 612-928-4577.
Now seeking Edina hockey items for upcoming exhibit
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.
Call Marci at 612-928-4577 or email her to find out more or if you are interested in planning related events, such as a reunion or game, to celebrate Edina's great hockey tradition.
In 2013, Edina is celebrating its 125th year of independence with many special events, from the Braemar City of Lakes Ice Show to Founders' Day festivities to a Historic Home Tour.
See more details on our 125th web page.
Joyce's Bakery at 44th and France
Check out our blog for great stories on Edina's "history mysteries," fun items from our collection, cool photos and more.
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If you live in Edina, Minnesota, we're the best place to find the history of your home, your school, your neighborhood and your organization. The Edina Historical Society has worked since 1969 to collect, preserve and tell the history of our community as it has grown from a mill town to a mall suburb.