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
Upcoming Events - 2015
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.
Tuesday, July 21 - Adath Yeshurun Cemetery walking tour
In 1887, Minneapolis Jewish immigrants looked for land for a cemetery just outside the Minneapolis city limits. They found a beautiful site along Minnehaha Creek in what was then Richfield Township.
Adath Yeshurun Cemetery, still at 56th and France Avenue in Edina, is the second oldest Jewish cemetery in the Minneapolis area. The oldest -- Temple Israel, located at 4153 Third Avenue -- was founded in 1876 as Montfiore Cemetery.
Learn more about the history of this Edina landmark on a walking tour led by Peter Sussman, architect and historian who also has led tours of Lakewood Cemetery as well as walking tours for the Edina Historical Society and Preserve Minneapolis.
The event, co-sponsored with the city’s Heritage Preservation Board, will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21.
Thanks to support from Adath Yeshurun Cemetery manager Dan Kantar, the tour will include a visit to the chapel on the grounds and light refreshments. The event is free. Reservations are not required.
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, is now open. Cost is $10. Register in person or online at the Community Ed website. 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 Lu. Sankaku means triangle in Japanese, the geometric unit 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 Goldstein Museum of Design from June 1 to Sept. 13. The exhibit is free. See the Goldstein Museum's website for more information.
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 program “Getting Started in Irish Genealogy” begins at 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.
The event is free but reservations are required because seating is limited to the first 50 participants. Email DAR.Dianne@Comcast.net by Sept 4 to make a reservation.
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, 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.