Fall Harvest

Fall Harvest…

Stop by and enjoy our history with many other family fun events..

Fall Harvest Celebration
Live Music, Beer and Wine Tasting, Food, Family Fun
Date: 9/28/2013 2 PM - 7 PM
Location: Riley-Jacques Barn
9096 Riley Lake Road
Eden Prairie, Minnesota 55344

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Your Invitation to the 2012 Annual Board Meeting, please join us!

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Here Is Your Invite!!!! For The Garden Party

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It’s a Garden Party!!!!

The Cummins-Phipps- Grill House Task Force & The Historical Society will host a Garden Party on May 6th from 1pm to 3pm @ The Historic Cummins-Phipps-Grill House.

There will be speakers on Antiques & Local Produce plus Treats & Tours…..

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A Century of Hats 2011

A Century of Hats Was a Huge Success, Here Are a Couple Photo’s..

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Hennepin History

Our Friends At The Hennepin County History Center Are Having A Fundraiser, Click The Link For More Info.

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Ghost Walk 2011

Check out a few photo’s from the very successful…. Ghost Walk

Thanks to all the planners, actors, & helpers….




Upcoming Events

The Eden Prairie Historical Society and the Senior Center have joined forces for an upcoming event that will be lots of fun!  It's coming up soon, so spread the word (know any Red Hat Ladies?) and see you there!

"A Century of Hats"

Guest speaker Miss Heather, will be presenting her "Century of Hats, 1860 - 1960".  Heather brings with her a beautiful and extensive hat collection, that she will use to entertain, explain and stage an interactive Hat Show with willing guests as models.  From the Sunbonnet to the Pillbox, every decade has a story to tell.
This event takes place in the Garden Room of the E.P. City Center.  Refreshments will be served, and following the program, feel free to tour the newly remodeled History Center and Museum.

Wed. Oct. 12th,
9:15 - 11:30ish
Cost: $13

Payment / Registration can be made by dropping it off at the Senior Center in person, or via mail. Reg. code #30790
Senior Center: 8950 Eden Prairie Road, 55347
City Center: 8080 Mitchell Road, 55344

Do wear your favorite hat if you'd like!

*If you have any questions, please feel free to call me.  Kim Carlander, EP Historical Society Curator, 952-934-5995.

Smith - Douglas - More House

A Dunn Bros. Fundraising Event (To build a gazebo and re-build the shed) Long-forgotten boxes in the basement and attic of the Smith Douglas More House give us a glimpse of the life and times of the Eden Prairie, Minnesota families who lived here between 1877 and the 1990's.   Local artist Nancy Fisher created the designs for ten cards using scans of letters, pictures, and ephemera found in those boxes, along with items from the Eden Prairie Historical Society's collection.   The public is invited to the History Card Project's opening event at 7 pm on Monday, September 26th.  Meet the artist and members of the EP Historical Society, learn more about the history of the house, taste wines, and have the opportunity to purchase the cards.  Recently, the old shed on our property had to be taken down because it was no longer a sound structure.  Profits from the sales of these cards will be donated to the Eden Prairie Historical Society and to the City of Eden Prairie to help fund a new shed and gazebo on the Smith Douglas More house property.  The cards will be for sale at the Smith Douglas More House Dunn Bros Coffee shop and via mail order through   The event will be held at the Smith Douglas More House Dunn Bros Coffee shop located at 8107 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  For more information about the event or the History Card Project, visit or contact Ann Schuster at


Ghost Walk

First 100 To Sign - up For The Ghost Walk


A $5.00 Gift Certificate to Baker’s Square

Our Thanks to Baker’s Square!!!!

Ghost Walk

The Ghost Walk is Coming!

So Get Ready for Some Fun!

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Upcoming Events

The Eden Prairie Historical Society presents PRESERVING FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS
Most of us have home photos that we can readily admit look different than they did when first processed. Faded color, stain, yellowed or spotted silver images are just a few of the results from less than optimal processing and/or storage. Dave Kopperl, 30-year specialist in photo preservation, will present examples and advice for salvaging damaged family photos. Please bring examples from your collection!
Dave spent 34 years at Eastman Kodak Co in The Image Stability Technical Center.  He was a member of the committees that wrote standard tests for image permanence and longevity.  After early retirement at Kodak, he moved to St Cloud where he tested photo safety and shelf life of Creative Memories' products.  He has been a volunteer consultant to several museums and historical societies.  In 1991 he received a team technical academy  award for a motion picture preservation technique.    
WHAT: a free 2-hour program
DATE: Thursday, November 10 from 7:00-9:00 pm
LOCATION: Eden Prairie City Center, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie; in the lower level Heritage Rooms 3 & 4
PRESENTED BY: photo preservationist and Historical Society Board member, Dave Kopperl
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PRESERVING FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS is our second, of hopefully many community programs, that the historical society plans on offering. We hope to engage and include non-members and members with informative, educational and fun programs. We’re moving the program sites around town, the timing will customarily be Thursday evenings and all will be free. Our last program was a 2-hour class called GENEALOGY 101 and was held at the Eden Prairie Library on July 14. A good time was had by all … in fact we ran out of time and will schedule a GENEALOGY 202 next year. The goal is to get to 4/year. Watch this website for more info.


Antique Fair

The 5th Annual Antique Fair at the Smith - Douglas - More House is on August 13th from 9am to 4pm. Come and enjoy your favorite coffee and browse the antique’s. It makes for a wonderful day.


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Dave Pavelka Presents Genealogy 101 on July 14
Dave Pavelka, an Eden Prairie native, founded the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International 25 years ago.  Today the organization has over 3000 members from every state of the union. Dave has a passion for genealogy and is always eager to help people start their family histories. He says, “We study World History, United States History and Minnesota History but know very little about our own family history.  Today, with on-line access many resources are available to speed the process. Joining ethnic family history societies provides sources for European pre-immigration information. Networking in these organization (and on-line) may link you with others who are also researching your family names. It is the stories and pictures you collect that make the detective work of family history unique to each person.  You will find yourself traveling across the United States and in many cases visiting ancestral villages in countries around the world.   Some people collect stamps, others coins; collecting bits and pieces of family lore can be a lifetime hobby. Let’s get started.”
Genealogy 101 – Researching and Saving Your Family History
What: a 2-hour class for all levels; beginners or old pros
Date: Thursday evening, July 14 from 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Eden Prairie Library Meeting Room
FREE but we would appreciate you letting us know that you will be attending by making a reservation at mailing your reservation with name and a contact to: PROGRAMS, Eden Prairie Historical Society, 8080 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie 55344. Online go to New Member and Event Registration
In preparation for the class, consider the following questions:
·        What is your family’s ethnic group?
·        When did your family emigrate to the United States? From where?
·        Where did your family settle?
·        How far back have you traced your family history?
Answer as many questions as you can and send the info to Dave with your reservation. This will help him tailor the class to you, your experience and your needs.

Event Update

Some Photo’s from the Dedication of the Cummins-Phipps-Grill House


Some members of the Grill Family visit the updated home


A small patio with bricks from community supporters and a bench made from wood from the Anderson one room school house.

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Check Out A couple Photo’s From The Grand Re-Opening Of The Museum & History Center


E.P.H.S President Kathie Case, Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens, & Curator Kim Carlander cut the ribbon.

Kids hard at work in the one room schoolhouse


Visitors watch a video on the history of our school system.

History Center Grand Re-Opening

You are invited!

Come & help us celebrate the new History Center & Museum


History Center & Museum

Everyone is excited about the upcoming opening of the newly remodeled History Center & Museum


Upcoming Events

Ghost Walk & Apple Pie

At the Cummins - Phipps - Grill House

October 16, 2pm & 6:30pm (reserve one of the two times)

$10 for adults, $5 children / students & seniors
Half price for EP Historical Society members


Fun, Fun, Fun.......

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Sunbonnet Day

Put on your favorite Sunbonnet

Saturday (new day) September 11, 2010
1pm - 4pm

Riley Jacques Barn & Dorenkemper House
9100 Riley Lake Road

Fun for the entire family!

See the very popular Middle Spunk Creek Boys band
Performing from 2:30pm - 4pm

Also Performing, Sunny Sings
From 1pm - 2pm

And much more!

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Saturday, August 14, 2010
9am - 4pm

The Historic Smith Douglas More House
(Known as Dunn Bros. Coffee House)

8107 Eden Prairie Road

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.....

Event Update

Although the Old Fashioned Picnic at the Cummins - Phipps - Grill House was struck by a bit of bad luck.... rain, the spirits of the Task Force were not dampened.....

Members of the Cummins - Phipps - Grill House Task Force and Board Members next to renovation plans.

A friendly game of softball between rain showers next to the peony garden.

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The Annual Spring Tea was held at Bearpath Golf this past Sunday, May 23rd. The third annual Tea is hosted by Kim Carlander. This is the third consecutive sell out of the event. The attendee’s were decked out in their favorite spring attire.....

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You Are Invited To

An Old Fashioned Picnic at the Cummins Phipps Grill House

Saturday, May 22, 2010 from 1pm to 3pm
Bring a lunch, picnic blanket, and family
We’ll provide dessert and beverages
Softball, pitch and putt contest, bocce ball, etc.
Rain or shine (indoor activities will be available in the event of rain)

Pioneer Trail just west of Flying Cloud Drive

Event Update

The Annual Meeting and special presentation by Associate Supreme Court Justice Paul Anderson was a wonderful evening. Justice Anderson’s portrayal of Justice Collins was both informative and entertaining.

Decedents of Justice Collins shared stories with Justice Anderson.

Justice Anderson (as Justice Collins) is interviewed by Ron Case.

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Mark your calendars for our upcoming events:

Eden Prairie Historical Society Annual Meeting
Thursday, April 29, 2010
6:30 PM Meeting
7:30 PM Special Presentation: “The First 50+Years of Minnesota Statehood” by Associate Supreme Court Justice and Eden Prairie Native, Paul H. Anderson Who Portrays Former Supreme Court Justice Loren W. Collins.

The Event Location: Eden Prairie School District Administration Building, in the “Historic Gym” at 8100 School Road, Eden Prairie.