The Edina Historical Society offers history-themed programming at two sites:
Edina History Museum
at Arneson Acres
4711 W. 70th Street
Edina, MN 55435
Cahill School & Grange
at Tupa Park
4816 Eden Avenue
Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon
or by appointment
Directions and maps
Calendar of Events - 2013
April 21 - Annual Meeting will feature talk on Edina veterans
Dwight Williams, killed in the last days of WWII
Marshall Schwartz has appeared before the City Council, talked to school children and addressed community groups about Edina’s 32 veterans who gave their lives in service to their country.
But few Edina Historical Society members have heard the popular program presented by Schwartz, EHS volunteer and board member.
Now is your chance. Schwartz will headline the Historical Society’s annual meeting on Sunday, April 21, at the Edina History Museum. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the program begins at 2:30 p.m.
Schwartz began his research project with the goal of identifying Edina residents killed in action so that their names could be inscribed on the proposed Veterans Memorial at Utley Park. As time went on, he found their stories so compelling that he compiled the biographies of the 32 young men in a self-published booklet.
After hours of research, the men have become “more than names in stone,” he said, and he can’t drive by their houses without thinking of the loved ones they left behind.
The annual meeting will also include a brief overview of innovative living history programs at historic Cahill School and Minnehaha Grange Hall.
The free public event includes access to “Growing Up in Edina: A Show and Tell Exhibit.” A short business meeting will begin at approximately 3:45 p.m., following a refreshment break.
June - Summer day camp at Cahill School
Enroll your child in the Cahill Schoolmarms Summer Day Camp for a week this summer. The same costumed schoolmarms who enchant children with “trips” back to a school day in 1890 will supervise the Summer Day Camp. A typical camp day will include activities such as turn-of-century songs and stories, moral virtues and rhymes, mystery items, group games, and arts & crafts projects related to the historical theme.
July 4 - Open house at Cahill School and Grange
Celebrate our nation's history on Monday, July 4, 2011, by visiting two important buildings from Edina's past, Cahill School (1864) and Minnehaha Grange Hall No. 398 (1879). The buildings, located at Tupa Park, will be open following the city's Independence Day parade.
September 2013 - Historic Home Tour
The Baird house
Homeowners of three distinctive styles of early Edina houses will open their doors to the public this fall. Visitors will see the 1886 George and Sarah Baird home on 50th Street, a Country Club District home and a Morningside bungalow. Tickets will cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Proceeds benefit the renovation of the Edina History Museum.
This is an official event of the city's Quasquicentennial, the 125th year of the city's founding on Dec. 12, 1888.
Contact Dianne Plunkett Latham, Tour Chair, 952-941-3542.
TBA - Antique Appraisal Event
Ever wondered what a family heirloom or garage sale find is worth? Find out at the sixth annual Edina Historical Society Antique Appriasal Event. Date TBA.
Dec. 12, 2013 - Founders' Day Celebration
Village Council meeting held at the Grange.
Celebrate Edina’s founding at Edina City Hall with a series of short vignettes showing key moments in the city’s history.
How you can participate: Perform a reading, skit, song or original piece that celebrates Edina’s 125 years of history. Plan on attending!
Contact: Joni Bennett, Founders’ Day Chair, 952-927-0661.