Historical resources for Deephaven, Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood and Tonka Bay, Minnesota.

Upcoming Programs and Events


ELMHS Museum Opening: Saturday, June 6
Come to the musem at 305 Water Street for our opening day.
Interested in volunteering?
Click here to sign up, and visit our Museum page for more information.


Summer Programs on the Lake

The Onawa and Lake Minnetonka's Sailing Legacy

Monday, June 8 - 7PM aboard the Steamboat Minnehaha

In 1882, Hazen Burton and other yachtsmen founded the Minnetonka Yacht Club, today one of the oldest yacht clubs in America. Soon after, Hazen commissioned Excelsior boat builder Arthur Dyer to build a new type of racing boat which would sail over the water instead of through it. This innovation changed the sport of sailing. Sail aboard the Steamboat Minnehaha and learn more about our area's rich boating history.

Purchase tickets at Eventbrite
$20 ELMHS members/$35 non-members
Board at Bayside Grille at 6:45PM
687 Excelsior Boulevard in Excelsior


Raising the Minnehaha: Restoring a Streetcar Boat
with the Volunteers of the Museum of Lake Minnetonka
Monday, July 13 - 7PM aboard the Steamboat Minnehaha

In 1906, the Twin City Rapid Transit Co. expanded its line of streetcars to include a fleet of six yellow, torpedo-stern "streetcar boats" to ferry residents and visitors to desinations across Lake Minnetonka. With the rise of the automobile, the Minnehaha was one of several boats dismantled and sunk in the lake.

That same yellow boat is now a familiar sight at the docks of Excelsior. Join us to hear how it made the transition from a discarded vessel at the bottom of Lake Minnetonka to the popular and lovingly-restored boat she is today.

Purchase tickets at Eventbrite
$20 ELMHS members/$35 non-members
Board at Bayside Grille at 6:45PM
687 Excelsior Boulevard in Excelsior


Big Island Park
with Paul Maravelas
Monday, August 10 - 7PM aboard the Steamboat Minnehaha

Though the Big Island Amusement Park survived just five short years, its history continues to fascinate local residents and historians alike. The park accommodated 10,000 guests on its busiest weekends, and featured picnic grounds, electric lights, a movie theater, and Mission-style structures designed by Leroy Buffington. Come board the Steamboat Minnehaha and visit the site of this unique piece of Lake Minnetonka History.

Purchase tickets at Eventbrite
$20 ELMHS members/$35 non-members
Board at Bayside Grille at 6:45PM
687 Excelsior Boulevard in Excelsior


We are looking for speakers for upcoming gatherings. Please email info@elmhs.org if you have a suggestion.





Email: info@elmhs.org

Post Office Box 305
Excelsior, MN 55331
Phone: (952) 221-4766