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WELCOME!

Hello and welcome to the official website of the St. Louis Park Historical Society. We hope that the information in these pages will be of interest to current and former residents of the Park and others interested in our city.

 

We have a LOT going on, so please read the announcements below and keep watching this space for updates! 

 

 

 


WE ARE MOVING!!


After eleven great years at the Lenox Community Center, the St. Louis Park Historical Society's office is moving.  We are grateful to the School District for the use of the Lenox space, which will now be repurposed for Senior Center use.  We are VERY excited about our new office space, located at 3546 Dakota Ave. So., Suite C.  Follow this link to see what's in store! 


 

BOARD MEMBER OPENING

 

Seven new, energetic, and extremely motivated people have joined our Board of Directors since September.  Would you like to join them?  There is an opening for a Trustee with a two-year term.  If you would like to apply, Click Here for an application form and information.  This may the most exciting time to participate in the Historical Society, so join the fun!  The application due date is November 7, 2014.

 


 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

 

October 16:  Office hours will be held at Lenox as usual, from 10 to noon.

 

October 23:  No office hours

 

October 30:  Office hours will be held at our new space at 3546 Dakota Ave. So., Suite C.   We may not be fully unpacked yet, but you are welcome to come and visit!

 

November 5:  Our next board meeting will be held at 7 pm at our new office at 3546 Dakota Ave. So., Suite C.  Note that this is on a Wednesday instead of our usual Tuesday so as not to conflict with Election Day.  Also note that this space is up a flight of stairs and not handicapped accessible. 

 

November 13:  GIVE TO THE MAX DAY.  Donations made on that day through giveMN.org (see below) go further and make the Historical Society eligible for bonuses if we raise certain thresholds.  Please check with your employer for matching fund opportunities as well. 

 


 

MEMBERS WANTED!!

 

The Historical Society is in need of new members to keep us moving forward.  We're not looking for dues as much as the support for the work that the Historical Society does.  We also need new active members, and people to serve on our committees.  Won't you consider joining the Society and getting active in the preservation of our city's past and present, for those in the future? 

 

There are two ways to join or renew your membership:

  • Download and fill out a membership form and mail a check to the address on the form, or

  • Donate or join/renew online at www.giveMN.org There you can use your credit card or PayPal to make a donation or join or renew your membership.  If your payment is for a membership, please provide name and address.  All memberships and donations are 100 percent tax-deductible. 

  • GIVE TO THE MAX DAY is November 13, 2014.  Donations made on that day through giveMN.org go further and make the Historical Society eligible for bonuses if we raise certain thresholds.  Please check with your employer for matching fund opportunities as well. 


 

CHANGES FOR 2015

 

Membership, which is on a calendar basis, is changing for 2015.  Individual memberships will be $25, and family memberships $35.  All new members will receive a copy of our book of memoirs, Something in the Water

 

Also, copies of the Re-Echo newsletter will be sent in regular mail only to paid members who request them.  This is due to the cost of postage and the high number of newsletters that have been being mailed to non-members.  Remember that the Re-Echo is always posted to our website, and members can also request an email with the copy attached.  Copies will continue to be available at City Hall, the St. Louis Park Library, Park Shores, TowerLight, and at our office at 3546 Dakota Ave., Suite C.

 


 

YOUR HISTORY IS HERE


To negotiate this extensive website, click on "St. Louis Park History" on the left, where the pages are organized into categories.  You can also use the Index to find a particular subject.  Although there are some businesses and people in the overall Index, more complete listings are in separate Business and People indices. 

The information presented comes from a variety of sources, including  newspapers, books, yearbooks, phone directories, interviews, Facebook posts, and materials collected by the founder of the Society, Marie Hartmann. As memories aren't always perfect, we shall only quote the 1915 St. Louis Park Herald:  "I know not what the truth may be, I tell these things as told to me."   We welcome any additions and corrections. Please contact us with your contributions and comments.


 

NOTES

 

Click Here for information on upcoming class reunions, parties, and class websites, and please contact us if you have information on others.  Thanks!

 

For a whimsical look at the history of St. Louis Park, click here to see a play performed by the Harmony Theatre Company and School on the occasion of our 125th anniversary.

 

Also take a look at an anthology of History Minutes produced by Scott Smith of the City's Community TV Department, called "Back in the Day."  They're fun!

 

 


 

 

This information comes from a variety of sources: newspapers, books, yearbooks, phone directories, interviews, etc. Given the varied sources, we cannot guarantee that all of this information is correct, and welcome any additions and corrections. Please contact us with your contributions and comments.