Edina Historical Society news:
New! "Edina Garden Council: Growing Edina for 60 Years"
A new exhibit, "Edina Garden Council: Growing Edina for 60 years" will be on display at the Edina Historical Society Jan, 4 through March 1 with a reception Monday, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m. The public is welcome.
Formed in 1953,The Clubs of the Edina Garden Council are celebrating their 60th year in Edina. The Council is involved in growing flowers for City gardens, planting designated city parks, and care of Arneson Acres. Proceeds from their annual Mother's Day Plant Sale benefit both city parks and horticultural scholarships. Members host a Bi-annual Garden Tour and participate in the annual Tri-City Flower Show (with Bloomington and Richfield) .
The Council also has a strong history of conservation and care of the environment. It was through the efforts of the Edina Garden Council that recycling was started in the city of Edina in the 1970's. Members continue a ten year Buckthorn Abatement project at the Lake Cornelia Woodland to restore native species and plant diversity.
The exhibit is open during regular hours, Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon at 4711 W 70th Street. Info: Call the museum at 612-928-4577 or email us.
See a photo gallery of highlights
Free brown bag genealogy workshops this spring
Take a break in the middle of the day and discover ways to research your family tree with a new brown bag lunch series in partnership with the Monument Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Discover how to use Family Search to research your family tree on Thursday, March 13 and learn about DNA testing to explore your family lineage on Thursday, April 10. Programs begin at noon; bring your own brown bag lunch; dessert and refreshments will be provided.
The workshops are free and open to the public but require reservations due to limited space. Sign up for one or both. See our Programs page for more information.
Founders' Day program available for viewing, purchase
Edina Council Chambers were filled to capacity and visitors from as far away as California and Oregon overflowed into the lobby to see the final event of the city's Quasquicentennial year, Founders Day program on Dec. 12, 2013.
Edina residents told the 125-year history of Edina through readings of memoirs, news stories, oral histories and diaries in the Edina Historical Society collection. Bob Delaney, descendant of one of the Irish founding families, revealed the true story of how Edina got its name. Edina Art Center Director Michael Frey read about the public outcry against building a movie theater at 50th and France in 1934. Schools Superintendent Ric Dressen told of Edina's pride in getting its first high school in 1939 and how the Hornet mascot was chosen.
In case you missed those and other entertaining stories from Edina's past, the program is available for viewing online on the city's cable Channel 16 (see embedded vi. Copies of the DVD are available for order for $5 each. Place orders by emailing the Edina Historical Society by Jan. 31, 2014.
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
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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.