About the Historical Society
Research Resources
Brookside Timeline
Something in the Water
The Re-Echo
Contact Us


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.


Our Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 2, 2014.  Please note that the location has been changed to the community room at City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd.  The Annual Meeting starts at 7:00 pm with the regular monthly meeting to follow.  This is a VERY important meeting!  We will be filling the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, and six Trustees.  Every paid member is eligible to vote.  Please come and help shape the future of the Society.


If you are interested in being elected to the board, please  Click Here for an important message about the future of the Historical Society.  A link to a short application form is on that page. 


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.  Thank You!!



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 board of directors.  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? 


And take a look at our new brochure!  Many thanks to the American Legion Post 282 for the grant that made design and printing of these brochures possible, and Gleason Printing for their great service! 



Office hours are at Lenox Community Center, 6715 Minnetonka Blvd., on Thursdays from 10 to Noon or by appointment.  Lenox is not open on weekends but is open weeknight evenings.




Each summer Historical Society volunteers open the Milwaukee Road Depot for the public to come and see this 1887 historic building.  Hours this summer will not only include Saturdays from 1 to 4 pm, but we’ve added the first Wednesday evening of the month from 7 to 8:30 pm for those who can’t make it on Saturdays.  The remaining schedule is:


         August 16, 23, 30

         September 3, 6, 13


Come and visit us to do research, see some artifacts, or just talk Park history.  The Depot is located at 37th and Brunswick Ave.



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.




It's that time again!  Click Here for information on upcoming class reunions, 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.