Past Programs

Places in the Park
Board member William Beyer reviews his book “Places in the Park” for Park TV’s YouTube channel in August of 2020.

History of Bass Lake
Friday, August 14, 2020

Board member William Beyer gave a presentation on Bass Lake to the Sunrise Rotary Club of St. Louis Park.

Holiday Depot Lighting
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Our third annual holiday lighting was a great success!  Joining us this year was the string quartet, The Ta Ta Quartet as well as the St. Louis Park Ambassadors.

Capital Campaign Fundraiser
Spirits in The Park

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Time 7:00pm
Location: Copperwing Distillery

We shared the history of Prohibition and some of the well known watering holes of SLP through the years while enjoying some period appropriate cocktails courtesy of Copperwing Distillery.

Capital Campaign Fundraiser
Where Billions Began: Joan Kroc and the Battle for McDonald’s in SLP

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Time 6:30pm
Location: SLP High School Auditorium

We welcomed from California, Lisa Napoli, author of the recent book “Ray & Joan”, who shared the real story of the McDonald’s founder and the connection to the St. Louis Park franchise.
And thanks to ParkTV, you can watch the entire program online!

Capital Campaign Fundraiser
Thomas Friedman: Thank You For Being Late

Sunday, April 30, 2017
Location: Sabes Jewish Community Center

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, author, and native son, Tom Friedman sat down with another distinguished alum, Susan Linnee, to reflect on his time growing up in St. Louis Park and the influence it had on his career. And thanks to ParkTV, you can watch the entire program online!

Historic Connections: Our City’s Park System
Tuesday May 10th, 2016
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, 2016 
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, 2015

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.

Depot Lights

Your Family Stuff, Your Family Story: Family Archiving Workshop
Sat. Nov 14, 2015

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, 2015

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!

Doug Johnson giving his railroad presentation
Doug Johnson giving his railroad presentation.
John Olson demonstrating the telegraph machine.

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!

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.