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

Upcoming Programs and Events


Three Lake Minnetonka Historical Societies
Launch New Book April 4

The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society, Wayzata Historical Society and Westonka Historical Society will celebrate the publication of their new book about Lake Minnetonka history, "Images of America: Lake Minnetonka," at a book launch on Saturday, April 4, 1-4 pm.

The launch will be held at the historic Wayzata Depot, 402 Lake Street East, Wayzata and will be free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, and the authors will be available to meet the public and sign books which can be purchased at the event.

"Images of America: Lake Minnetonka" was written by Lisa Stevens of the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society, Joanie Holst of the Wayzata Historical Society, and Elizabeth Vandam of the Westonka Historical Society.

If you'd like to purchase online, please click here to visit our publications page.


Tapping History:

Pints & Reflections on Lake Minnetonka's Past

Stolen from the Garden: The Kidnapping of Virginia Piper

Monday, April 13 - 7PM,
Excelsior Brewery - 421 Third Street, Excelsior

In 1972, two masked men abducted Virginia Piper from her lakeside garden in Orono. Two days later, ransom was paid, and Piper was found unharmed, only to be besieged by the media and placed under FBI scrutiny. Relying on his extensive research and court records of the subsequent legal case, William Swanson re-examines this sensational event and offers answers to its many mysteries. Copies of his books will be available for purchase.


50th Anniversary of the Tornadoes of 1965
with MPR's chief meteorologist Paul Huttner
Monday, May 11 - 7PM
Location: Cast & Cru Restaurant at the Old Log Theatre,
5185 Meadville Street, Greenwood.

Free and open to the public.
Dinner reservations are available for seatings at 5:00 and 5:30 pm
through Open Table at http://www.castandcru.com/Reservations.
Open seating and bar menu available at 6 pm.

On May 6, 1965, six of the worst tornadoes in Twin Cities history swept across the area, killing 13 and injuring 683. The first F4 tornado to touch down that day hit the Lake Minnetonka area, taking three lives, destroying homes in the Island Park/Mound area and reducing much of Navarre to rubble. The second F4 traveled from south of Chanhassen to north of Deephaven, leveling over 200 homes as it passed through Chanhassen, Christmas Lake, and Deephaven, changing the face of the Cottagewood neighborhood forever.

Meteorologist Paul Huttner was a preschooler when the storm swept through his Deephaven neighborhood a moment he describes as his first living memory and the day he became fascinated by weather.  He will revisit this intimidating storm system through photos, audience stories, and the WCCO radio broadcasts that saved many lives.

People interested in sharing their stories about the tornado outbreak during the event may contact Brianna DePauw at brianna@elmhs.org. Please contact the Society at info@elmhs.org if you have photographs or artifacts from the storms that you would like to donate or loan to our archives and museum.


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