Spotlight on Westonka Historical Society

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Remember when…  A Historical Event

In support of the Westonka History Museum

Fun! Food! Videos! History! Silent Auction! Music! Raffle!

Saturday, March 23, 2013, 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Gillespie Center

Sneak previews of “what is to come” with our new museum.

Tickets $25.  Call voice-mail 952-472-9800, and send check to

WHS, PO Box 84, Mound MN 55364, and pick up your tickets at the door.  Deadline: 3/18.

Westonka Historical Society

In October 1965, Mound City Manager Leonard Kopp and his friend Abe Brazeman had an idea over a cup of coffee at the American Legion Hall, to start a history museum.  The first official meeting of the historical society was held on July 28, 1966.

Over the years, the historical society has accumulated a collection of local artifacts and documents, has organized historical events and displays, and has communicated to residents about our community’s history.

Residents have donated business and family history to this historical society to be preserved for and enjoyed by future generations.  These artifacts and documents were stored carefully in the basements and garages of members of the historical society’s board.

Programs highlighting historical events include Spring Park Glory Days, Island Park Reunion, Minnetrista’s Sesquicentennial, and Mound’s Centennial, in addition to several reunions of Tonka Toys company employees.  Displays of local historical artifacts can be seen every day, at the Hennepin County Library in Mound, and at the Gillespie Center.

Members receive quarterly newsletters highlighting the history of individuals and businesses, as well as answering historical questions asked by the public in the occasional series “History Detective.”

After creating a display of a small portion of the collection in two different store fronts in recent years, the historical society has the opportunity to create a permanent display in the soon-to-be-vacated fifth floor of Mound City Hall.  With community support, this museum will draw visitors to see the collection of Tonka Toys, Andrews Sisters memorabilia, town history for Mound, Minnetrista, Spring Park, and Navarre(Orono), as well as memories of the hotels popular with tourists during the Glory Years of the early 1900s.

Watch our video segments.

Introduction videoThen and now - Highlights Tonka Toys - Highlight Andrew Sisters 

Stay tuned for the date of the museum’s Grand Opening, planned for late May or early June 2013.

Contact WHS by calling our voice mail 952-472-9800,
or through our website  www.westonkahistoricalsociety.org
Make a donation by sending your check to WHS, P.O. Box 84, Mound MN 55364

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