Cahill School: Birthday parties and more
By reservation: History-themed birthday parties
Historic Cahill School and Grange Hall offer a unique setting for a history-themed birthday party. A costumed schoolmarm will guide your group back to pioneer Minnesota when children learned home crafts and played games like Hide the Thimble. This party will entrance fans of Little House on the Prairie and American Girls dolls (especially Kirsten from 1854 Minnesota). The party includes crafts, games, and a tour. Bring your own cake, food, and paper supplies -- and shop the school store for history-themed gift bags. We'll provide the party space and cleanup! $195 for 2.5 hours. Contact staff at 612-888-4577 or by email for more information or reservations.
By reservation: Group tours and meeting space
Although our primary mission is to educate school children about pioneer life in the Midwest, we do accept reservations selectively from non-school groups (civic organizations, business groups, etc.) on dates not reserved by schools. Admission is $5 per person, with a minimum group fee of $195.
Free open houses at Cahill and Grange
A few times per year the public gets a chance to get a peek inside two of Edina's oldest and most historically significant buildings: Cahill School and Minnehaha Grange Hall No. 398.
A free public open house is held every year following the July 4 parade. Costumed schoolmarms and Society board members are on hand to answer questions about the buildings, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The building will also be open at least three more times: in May the Society and the Heritage Preservation Board partner for an open house in honor of National Preservation Month. In addition, the Cahill Schoolmarms will hold an open house on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., for the general public and be available to answer programs about field trips, birthday parties, summer day camp and other programs.
For more information, contact staff at 612-888-4577 or by email or the Edina History Museum at 612-928-4577.