Eden Prairie Historical Society
It is our responsibility to gather, preserve, & protect the history of Eden Prairie for generations to come

Note: The Historical Society Museum at City Hall is currently closed for renovations. Work will continue thru Summer and into Fall. Stay tuned for updates and re-opening date. You can also check the "Eden Prairie Remembers" Facebook page for updates. The Museum is the only Historic Property affected.


The first Eden Prairie history website was created by Ernie Schuldheiss, and we are honored to begin this website journey dedicating the site to the memory of our wonderful friend Ernie.

Ernie came to Eden Prairie in 1957, and his deep love for the community began immediately. His family's home was on the east side of Riley Lake next to what is now the Riley-Jacques Park.

Ernie graduated from Eden Prairie High School in 1966 as a great schoolmate and an outstanding athlete.

Ernie had a passion for history. Not only for Eden Prairie, but for the surrounding communities as well. His in-home office walls were lined floor to ceiling with microfilm of historical information he had tirelessly collated. Eden Prairie pioneer family and friends speak with deep appreciation of Ernie's historical research. When Ernie called to share historical information with them, they were often times unaware of many of the past events and happenings of their own families.

Most importantly, Ernie was a true friend to all who knew him. To that memory, this website is dedicated to the memory of Ernie Schuldheiss.

With fond memories,

Sever Peterson

The Historical Society Board

New Events!!!!

Holiday Boutique 2021

The City of Eden Prairie is hosting Harvest to Halloween on 10/16/21 from 4 to 8pm. See https://www.edenprairie.org/Home/Components/ for more details. The Historical Society will have the Historic Dorenkemper home open from 3pm until dusk. Ginny Dorenkemper will be at the home to answer questions and take folks on tours, please stop by…

Tuesday June 19, 2019 Kathie Case, our President, received the annual award from the Historical Preservation Cultural Commission at the City Council meeting. Kathie has been a champion for EP history for many years, working tirelessly to preserve and protect our history. Congratulations Kathie!!

Check out the work of Katie Qualley, a complete timeline for the Smith-Douglas-More House. Stop by the Smith Coffehouse and take a look

Katie & SDM Timeline2
TIMELINE SDM House_Eden Prairie



2019 Ernie's Bench

2019 EPHS Board Photo

L to R
Back row - Katie Qualey, Kati Simons, Paul Thorp, Barb Kuhlman, Ann Higgins
Front row - Kathie Case, Chris Honaas-Wildfang, Jeanne DeSanctis, Jan Lacy
Missing - Valerie Ross, Kelley Regan, Norm Rogers, Suzanne Berg, Tom Achartz & Cheryl Kessler

Please Check back as we will be adding new things to our updated web site