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
Tuesday, Feb. 3 - EHS Vision for Grandview
What should be built on the vacant Public Works site in the Grandview District?
The public will have a chance to weigh in at several meetings in early 2015, including a session scheduled with the Edina Historical Society Board and membership at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 3.
The meeting will be held at historic Minnehaha Grange Hall, located just two blocks away from the Public Works site, in Tupa Park. Because of the site’s proximity to and potential impact on the 1879 Grange and adjacent 1864 one-room Cahill School, the Society has participated in public discussion since the Grandview area was first studied more than four years ago.
The two National Register properties are among the most significant in Edina’s history, as well as on the state and national level. “At minimum, we want to make sure the buildings are protected and any development doesn’t adversely affect them or our interpretive programs,” said EHS President Dan Latham. “On the other hand, we see all sorts of great possibilities for the Society in future Grandview development.”
One of the most ambitious ideas is a new museum in partnership with the Edina Art Center. More attainable possibilities are better parking and safer pedestrian routes to Tupa Park.
“We also see an opportunity to acknowledge Grandview’s significant history with signage or public space naming,” said Executive Director Marci Matson. The Public Works site lies on a former prosperous berry farm owned by Beverly and Ellen Mae Yancey, an African American couple who helped found Edina as well as Minnehaha Grange.
The board invites Edina Historical Society members and friends to participate in the Feb. 3 meeting, which will be led by the City’s Economic Development Manager Bill Neuendorf, who also plans to meet with other community groups as part of the “Exploration Phase” of the planning process.
“This is our opportunity to voice our opinions on what the next chapter of Grandview history should look like,” Matson said.
After the Grandview discussion, membership is also invited to weigh in on EHS’s long-range plan.
Saturday, Feb. 7 - Sledding Party at Arneson Acres
Get out and enjoy winter at the Edina History Museum’s annual sledding party on Saturday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Located on a big hill at Arneson Acres, the museum provides a great place to slide or strap on snow shoes and explore the surrounding 14-acre park.
Bring your snow equipment. The Edina Historical Society will provide the hot chocolate and a place indoors to warm up. The lower level Terrace Room offers a fireplace and a spot to gather with friends.
The activity is part of the City of Edina’s efforts to cure “cabin fever” with community events on Feb. 7-8 to entice residents to get out and enjoy winter. If the weather doesn’t cooperate for outdoor activities, visit the museum anyway. The Society will provide free materials to make valentines and snowflakes.
This is not a drop-off activity for children, but parents are welcome to explore the museum exhibits and resources while children make their
The museum is located at 4711 West 70th Street. Info: 612-928-4577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Feb. 14 - Valentine's Party at Minnehaha Grange
Celebrate Valentine's Day through the ages with a fun family party at Minnehaha Grange Hall No. 398 at Tupa Park.
The event, held by Oliver Hudson Kelley Grange in partnership with the Edina Historical Society, will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14. Park at Edina City Hall across the street. This is a free event, but please help support local food shelves by bringing non-perishable food.
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 25 - EHS Annual Meeting
Mark your calendars! The Edina Historical Society annual meeting will be held Saturday, April 25 in the afternoon. Program TBA. The public is welcome to attend the program. Election open to members only.
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.
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.
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.
The Edina Historical Society will sponsor a lecture and book signing by authors Hession and Quigley on the architecture of Howe during August through Edina Community Education. (Date TBA). 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 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.
Tour tickets will go on sale after July 15. The Edina Historical Society website will post further details on tour ticket sales locations as 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.