Historic Connections: Our City’s Park System
Tuesday May 10th, 7pm
Louisiana Oaks Park Pavillon
It was a beautiful spring evening at Louisiana Oaks Park where we got to learn a little history of our park system and hear from three leaders who have shaped those parks for the past 30+ years; Director Cindy Walsh, former Director Cris Gears, and former Maintenance Superintendant, Gene Gustafson. And thanks to ParkTV, you can watch the entire program online!
Beer, Wine and Spirits in SLP
Tuesday Feb 9, 6pm
Steel Toe Brewery, 4848 W. 35th St. SLP
We had a fun time at Steel Toe Brewery where owner Jason Schoneman kicked things off with a little history of his brewery. SLPHS President, Ted Ekkers then shared a history of all things brewed about SLP from the early years as a dry town to the era of prohibition, and lastly a virtual pub crawl about the popular bars in the post prohibition years. You can watch highlights of the presentation courtesy of Park TV.
Historic Depot Lighting Ceremony
Sat. Dec 5th, 5:30pm
Jorvig Park, 6210 W. 37th Street
We had a great turn out to see the holiday lights at the Depot for the first in what we hope in an annual tradition. It was a warm December evening, but still good for some hot chocolate. We also shared some winter themed photos from the archives.
Your Family Stuff, Your Family Story: Family Archiving Workshop
Sat. Nov 14th 2pm
We had a small but fun gathering with Kathy Johnson who shared some tips about preserving a wide arrange of family artifacts. A few of us shared some of our items which included pictures, family papers, personal objects, and house tools. If you have questions about a unique challenge with your archiving and storytelling, reach out to Kathy with your questions!
Historic Connections: How Development Shapes Our City
Tue. Oct 13th 7pm
Thanks for those who came to our first Historic Connections event. The evening featured a panel discussion moderated by Mayor Jeff Jacobs about the current issues around development we face today. Our President, Ted Ekkers started the evening with a presentation highlighting 130 years of development milestones in commercial, industrial, transportation and schools. Both presentations were recorded by ParkTV and can be viewed on YouTube:
History Presentation: 130 years of industrial, commercial, transportation and schools
Panel Discussion featuring:
Robb Bader, Bader Development
Brad Bakken, Citizens Independent Bank
Greg Hunt, City Economic Development Coordinator
Carl Robertson, Sjoquist Architect and City Planning Commission
Jeff Jacobs, Mayor [moderator]
2015 Annual Members Meeting
Tue. Sep 15th, 2015
Thanks to everyone who came to our Annual Meeting. We elected a new Trustee, Jane Hagstrom! Jane is a SLPHS graduate and currently works as the Outreach & Sales Director for TowerLight in SLP. We also shared some key achievements for the year, including:
- Membership is at 275, up 35% to last year
- While expenses for the year doubled due to rent and some investments in the office, we have managed to more than double our revenue to meet our expense. Next year our rent increases so there will be continued pressure on us to raise funds.
- The Re-Echo got a redesign, we have a new monthly email newsletter, Park History Today, to share Society news, we reached 1,000 likes on Facebook and started a Twitter account.
- We relaunched our website and introduced a new logo for the Society.
- We had two very successful fundraisers with our Antique Parade and Street Signs and we plan to repeat those events as well as put further emphasis on the state-wide Give to the Max Day on November 15th, 2015.
- We have given talks at numerous groups around the city and hosted public events with our goal to have a public event every month.
- The collection continues to grow with great artifacts from schools and businesses as well as wonderful new photos from the 1930s.
- And we thanked our many volunteers not on the Board who have helped us achieve all these great things!
Historic Depot Open House
August 30, 2015
What a great event on a beautiful summer day! We had about 150 people attend the open house where they got to see the Depot, try the telegraph machine, and hear a presentation from Doug Johnson about the history of the various rail lines through the Park. Thanks to everyone who attended this fun event!
May 16, 2015
We had a great turnout for our first, and hopefully now annual, Antique Parade. Almost 90 items were appraised by St Louis Park native Bonnie Lindberg and her partner James Marrinan from Appraisal Specialists Midwest. Special thanks to Discover St Louis Park, Independent School District 283 for sponsoring the event, and to the following businesses for providing refreshments: Honey & Rye Bakehouse, Nelson’s, Byerly’s, Cub Foods at Knollwood, CVS at Excelsior and Grand, and Jennings Liquor (for the ice!). And thanks to the Fire Department for bringing their 1928 antique fire truck, “Molly,” to the show!
THE INTERNET AS A GENEAOLOGY TOOL
April 11, 2015
Professional genealogist Mary Wickersham shared some of the basics about researching your family history. She reviewed online tools, tips about searching, and other sources. Mary is a St Louis Park resident and has provided courses through many forums including the Hennepin Library System, Minnesota Historical Society and the Irish Genealogical Society International where she is a past President.