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 - 2015
March 12 and Sept. 10 - Brown bag genealogy programs
Take a break in the middle of the day and explore your family history with the second annual brown bag lunch series sponsored by the Edina Historical Society and the Monument Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The free programs begin at noon March 12 and Sept. 10 at the Edina History Museum Terrace Room, 4711 West 70th Street. Bring a brown bag lunch; dessert and refreshments will be provided. A WiFi connection is available. so bring your laptop and follow along live.
Programs are free but reservations are required because seating is limited to the first 50 participants. Email DAR.Dianne@Comcast.net to make a reservation. Come to one or both programs, but indicate your choices when making your reservation.
Thursday, March 12 – “Getting the Most out of your Genetic Genealogy DNA Test” by Plunkett Latham, Monument Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Registrar. RSVP by March 4.
Thurs, Sept. 10, 2015 – “Getting Started in Irish Genealogy” with a DVD by Eileen O’ Duill, Certified Genealogist (CG). RSVP by Sept. 4.
Before the programs, visit the Edina History Museum to see what research materials are available and tour exhibits about Edina history. Visit the museum gift shop with local history books, including the book “Dakota Child, Governor’s Daughter,” the topic of a 2014 DAR program.
Saturday, April 18 - Spring Seed Social
Plant a seed with your family! Join us any time between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, at the historic 1879 Minnehaha Grange Hall for crafts, games, gardening tips, free seeds, history, live music, refreshments and community fun.
This free event for all ages is brought to you by the Oliver Hudson Kelley Grange in partnership with the Edina Historical Society.. Please consider bringing a donation of nonperishable food items to help support local food shelves.
Parking is available across the street at Edina City Hall. Please do not park in Police Department parking spaces.
Saturday, April 25 - Ikola talk at Edina History Museum
Former Edina hockey coach Willard Ikola, who helped create the Hornet hockey dynasty, will speak at the Edina History Museum, 4711 West 70th Street, on Saturday, April 25, at 1 p.m.
The public is invited to attend the free event as well as to bring items to loan or donate for the upcoming exhibit on the history of Edina boys and girls hockey, including Park and Rec and high school programs.
Ikola will reflect on the 65 years of Edina hockey... you'll like Ike too!
Following the program, the Edina Historical Society will hold its annual meeting, which is open to the public. Info: 612-928-4577 or email.
Sunday, May 17 - Rhubarb Renaissance by Kim Ode
Rhubarb will be among the first plants to pop out of the ground this spring and will keep producing all summer. Learn more about this tart perennial from Edina author Kim Ode, a feature writer for the Minneapolis StarTribune, on Sunday, May 17, and sample one of the recipes featured in her new book RHUBARB RENAISSANCE (Minnesota Historical Society Press).
The free program, co-sponsored with the Edina Garden Council, will begin at 2 p.m. at the 1879 Minnehaha Grange Hall, 4918 Eden Avenue. 612-928-4577. Parking is available across the street at at Edina City Hall. (Please do not park in the Police Department parking spaces.)
Ode will sign and sell books after the program (cash or check only.) If rhubarb plants are available (given spring weather conditions), EGC will sell plants at the event and at its annual plant sale the previous weekend (May 8 and 9).
Saturday, July 4 - Open house at Cahill School and Grange
Celebrate our nation's history on Saturday, July 4, 2015, 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.
Thursday, Aug. 20 - Author talk on architect John Howe
Learn more about the architect behind the Edina Historical Society's 2015 Historic House Tour with an author talk on Thursday, April 20, at Southview Middle School auditorium.
The Sept. 13 house tour coincides with the release of the illustrated biography of John Howe entitled, “John H. Howe, Architect: From Taliesin Apprentice to Master of Organic Design,” by Jane King Hession and Tim Quigley.
This is the first book to tell Howe’s story and also the first full account of his place in the history of modern architecture—as chief draftsman and valued interpreter of Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs, and as a prolific architect in his own right.
Jane King Hession, is an Edina resident, architectural historian and curator specializing in modernism. She is a founding partner of Modern House Productions; coauthor of Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years, 1954–1959 and Ralph Rapson: Sixty Years of Modern Design. She is also a former president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.
Tim Quigley, AIA, is principal of Quigley Architects in Minneapolis and taught architectural studio and history courses for twenty years at the University of Minnesota and Ball State University. He is a former president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, vice president of the Minnesota chapter of Docomomo, and president of the advisory board of the Goldstein Museum of Design at the University of Minnesota.
For nearly three decades, John Howe was Frank Lloyd Wight’s chief draftsman and the person who created many of the most famous drawings to emanate from the Taliesin studio. In addition to being one of the 20th century’s finest architectural renderers, Howe also was a noted architect who practiced in Minnesota for twenty-five years.
Registration for the Edina Historical Society class, offered through Edina Community Education, will open in August. Cost is $10. For more information on the house tour, see entry below.
Sunday, Sept. 13 - Historic House Tour - John Howe homes
Edina Historical Society’s Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 historic house tour will feature the architecture of John H. Howe, one of Minnesota’s premier architects. A charter member of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship, Howe was known as “the pencil in Frank Lloyd Wright’s hand.” Howe worked for the Taliesin Fellowship for 32 years. After Frank Lloyd Wright’s death, Howe established his own architectural practice in Minnesota, where he practiced architecture for 25 years, designing many homes in the Twin Cities metro area.
Three homes by John Howe will be featured on the Sept. 13 tour, two of which are in Edina, with the third in Burnsville. Edina has only two homes designed by John Howe and we are fortunate to have both on the Sept. 13 tour. The Edina homes are the Weston House completed in 1980 and the Jerpbak House completed in 1969. Both are excellent examples of mid-century modern architecture and have been faithfully maintained.
The third house on the Sept. 13 tour is Sankaku, the home Howe built for himself and his wife Lou. Sankaku means equilateral triangle in Japanese, the form upon which the design is based. The home is sited on a 2.3 acre lot on Horseshoe Lake in Burnsville. The original finishes and furnishings have been faithfully maintained.
Tour tickets will go on sale after July 15. The Edina Historical Society website will post further details on tour ticket sales locations for ticket sales as the details become available.
An exhibit on the architecture of John Howe will be featured at the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture during June through August 2015. For more information, go to the University of Minnesota School of Architecture website.
Saturday, Sept. 19 - Eighth annual Antique Appraisal event
Ever wondered what a family heirloom or garage sale find is worth? Find out at the seventh annual Edina Historical Society Antique Appraisal Event on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Edina Senior Center.
Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. Program begins at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. This popular event has sold out the past five years. Send in your check today to reserve your spot!
Cost is $10 per item, limit three items per person. To register, send your check payable to Edina HIstorical Society, 4711 West 70th Street, Edina, MN 55435. Include a brief description of the item. To receive confirmation of your registration, please include your email or a self-addressed stamped envelope or postcard.
Well-known local appraisers Bonnie Lindberg and James Marrinan will give oral appraisals of the objects, as well as provide interesting facts about their historic uses and unique qualities. Because of time limitations, appraisers cannot review dolls, watches or jewelry. Please bring only items you can carry safely yourself. We do not assist with transport.
Generously sponsored by The Waters Senior Living.