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 - 2014
March 13 - Brown Bag Lunch Series: family history
Learn how to use two powerful tools to discover your ancestors at the first of two Brown Bag Lunch programs on genealogy sponsored by the Edina Historical Society and the Monument Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Thursday, March 13.
Janie Puckett, Ft. Snelling Chapter DAR Registrar, will discuss Using FamilySearch.org to Research your Family Tree and to Obtain Genealogical Documentation.
Puckett's program begins at noon at the Edina History Museum, first floor Terrace Room, 4711 W. 70th. St., Edina 55435-4059. Bring a sandwich; dessert and refreshments will be provided. A WiFi connection is available. so bring your laptop and follow along live.
At 1:30 p.m., Dianne Plunkett Latham, Monument Chapter DAR Registrar will present a workshop on Using the NSDAR Patriot Index to Research your Family History or Prepare an Application to join the DAR.
Come to one or both programs, but indicate your choices when making your reservation. The program is free but reservations are required because seating is limited to the first 50 participants. Email DAR.Dianne@Comcast.net to make a reservation.
April 10 - Brown Bag Lunch Series: genealogy DNA testing
Learn more about one of the newest tools to discover your family lineage, DNA testing, at the second Brown Bag Lunch programs on genealogy sponsored by the Edina Historical Society and the Monument Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The talk by Dianne Plunkett Latham, Monument Chapter DAR Registrar, begins at noon at the Edina History Museum, first floor Terrace Room, 4711 W. 70th St., Edina 55435-4059.
Bring a sandwich; dessert and refreshments will be provided. A WiFi connection is available. Bring your laptop and follow along live.
The program is free but reservations are required because seating is limited to the first 50 participants. Email DAR.Dianne@Comcast.net to make a reservation.
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.
Sept. 11 - Author talk: "Dakota Child, Governor's Daughter"
Edina resident Bruce Kohn was intrigued when he heard stories of his wife's ancestor Henry Sibley, a fur trader who served as Minnesota's first governor. The more he heard about the man's first wife, a Dakota woman, and her daughter Helen, the more questions he had.
He spent the last two decades digging into historical records to flesh out the story, which has now been published as "Dakota Child, Governor's Daughter: The Life of Helen Hastings Sibley."
Kohn will talk more about the story at a noon Brown Bag Lunch program on Thursday, Sept 11 at the Edina History Museum, 4711 West 70th Street.
The event is jointly sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Monument Chapter and the Edina Arts and Culture Commission’s Author Committee. It will include a silent auction to benefit the Edina Historical Society and the Edina Art Center.
Following the program, Kohn will sign his book, available for $15. Proceeds from Bruce Kohn’s book benefit the Historic Sibley House. Please note that all sales of books and silent auction items are for cash or check only. We do not have the ability to process debit or credit cards.
The program is free, but reservations are required because seating is limited to the first 50 participants. E-mail DAR.Dianne@Comcast.net to make a reservation.
TBA - Seventh 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.
Date and time to be announced. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. This popular event has sold out the past four years.
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.
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. Refreshments provided by Edina Walgreens.