Upcoming Events

Watch for more information on these upcoming events and mark your calendars......

August 14th, from 9am to 4pm the Antique Fair at the Smith Douglas More House (maybe your recognize it as the home of Dunn Bros. Coffee).

August 28th, 7pm the Riley - Jacques Barn Twilight Special & Dorenkemper Open House (before event and during intermission).

September 11th, 1pm to 4pm Sunbonnet Day & Dorenkemper Open House at Riley Park.

We hope you can stop by and enjoy the history of Eden Prairie.....

Lions and Lioness Clubs

Recently Marie recalled the early days of the Eden Prairie Lions and Lioness Clubs. Most residents of Eden Prairie are probably not aware of the significant contributions of these clubs. From Fire Trucks to eye glasses they have contributed a great deal to the community. The Lions Club was chartered in 1961 and provides an opportunity for members to give back to their community.

The Lions International is committed to serve the blind and visually impaired. Locally they serve this need and many other projects.

The Lions Club (with help from the Lioness Club) raise money through Schooner Days (a community celebration held in early June every year), Corn Feed, Pancake Breakfast, and Golf Tournament. They currently meet at Edenwood Camp (another recipient of the generous work of the Lions Club). The list of charter members is a who’s who of the early days of Eden Prairie. It includes the names ...... Holasek, Bren, Clark, Brekke, Beggs, Hecker, Pavelka, Rogers, Spande, Schaitberger, Menge, Kakach, Connaughty, Emerson, Tuckey, Schwartz, and others.

The Lioness Club was chartered in 1973 - 74. Charter night was held at Bursch’s Cafe in Hopkins MN. Often they share projects with the Lions Club. They meet on the first Thursday (September - November and January - May) The Lioness Club is always looking for new members, if interested contact Peggy Muller at 952-937-0909.

Marie Wittenberg is a local historian, author, and Past President of the Historical Society

Watch for more of Marie’s Memories........

Cummins - Phipps - Grill House

As you can see I was a day late for this photo but you should stop by next spring and see the beautiful peony garden at the Cummins - Phipps - Grill House. The peony’s were first planted by Harriet Phipps in the early 1900’s. She bought the peony’s from a Chinese flower vendor in Minneapolis. Although Mr. & Mrs Phipps did not attend church she would donate the flowers to local church’s when they were in bloom. The garden has significant historic value and there is a possibility that we may be able to share them as they are divided in the upcoming years. Stay tuned.