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There is nothing scary about the growth we have seen at the Historical Society.  We had our first Historical Connections event which you can soon watch online.  Membership is growing, though with our increased overhead we will not be shy asking you for more help throughout the year.  We are actively discussing how to find a more permanent home that would be more accessible and allow for more engagement with the collection.  And there continue to be new and diverse programs and stories to come.  If you're not already a member of the Historical Society, think about joining today!   
 
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If you believe…

…that St. Louis Park history should be preserved

…that there should be engaging programs that celebrate our history

…that we should research the past and share the stories with you

…that there are artifacts worth keeping to remind us of our community

…that access to local records is a valuable service we provide
 

Then please donate on Give to the Max Day November 12th – a day of giving across the state of Minnesota.  You can even set up your donation in advance!
Your Family Stuff, Your Family Story
Saturday November 14th, 2pm
SLPHS Office 3546 Dakota Ave

Just in time for Thanksgiving family get togethers, professional archivist Kathy Johnson will share some of her tips for sharing and preserving photos, quilts, maps, marriage certificates and other artifacts from your extended family.  This is a workshop – so bring the items you are interested in and Kathy will help you with your project!
 
Historic Connections: How Development Shapes our City
If you weren’t there, you missed an engaging discussion about development in St. Louis Park with local experts and hosted by Mayor Jeff Jacobs.  Our President, Ted Ekkers also gave a presentation highlighting 130 years of development milestones in commercial, industrial, transportation and schools.  The history presentation will be playing on CommunityTV15 through Tuesday in multiple time slots, and when videos are posted online we will share the link on our website.
Historic Depot Lighting Ceremony
Saturday December 3rd, 5:30pm
Jorvig Park, 6210 W. 37th St.
For the first time we are decorating the Depot in lights for the winter! Join us for a brief lighting ceremony and then step inside to warm up with hot chocolate and see a few fun winter themed artifacts from the collection!  This will be a short program given the winter weather, so show up by 5:30 to get the full experience!
 

Donation Spotlight - Hoffman-Callan Building Plans

The building known more recently as the ASAP building at France and CR25 next to Vescios' is coming down to make way for an impressive new mixed-use complex by Bader Development called The Shoreham.  The building has an interesting history, which you can read more about on our website.  Built in 1963, it was designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and commissioned by the Hoffman-Callan Printing Co.

Bader Development wrote a historic report and took many photographs of the building and donated them along with the original plans for the building to the Historical Society. 

 
Have You Heard?

Creative MN Report on Arts in St. Louis Park 
A new study on the health and impact of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in St. Louis Park will be released at an event Thursday October 29th at 7pm at the Rec Center. The SLP Historical Society participated in this survey.

EPA Open House about former Creosote Plant Site
The US EPA will have an educational open house Thursday November 12th, 6-8pm at the Rec Center Banquet Room about the former plant at Louisiana and Highway 7. You can also read our historical account of the Creosote facility on our website.
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