Maplewood Area Historical Society

Maplewood Area Historical Society Where the heritage and history of the Maplewood area lives. Educating, Sharing, Preserving.
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In June, 1993, a meeting was held at the Maplewood City Hall as the first step toward forming a historical society that was incorporated in 1997. A significant event occurred in 1999 when the Bruentrup family donated their farm buildings to the Society. Today, the Society holds many events, exhibits, programs and private rentals at the Farm throughout the year.

Mission: To preserve and interpret the history of Maplewood and its people and ensure this legacy is passed on to future generations.

From all of us, to all of you!
01/01/2020

From all of us, to all of you!

As 2019 ends, please consider a donation to the Maplewood Area Historical Society. With your donations we are able to br...
12/30/2019

As 2019 ends, please consider a donation to the Maplewood Area Historical Society. With your donations we are able to bring to the Twin Cities the warmth of nostalgia, exhilarating education and the delight of historic entertainment. We have EXCITING things to come in 2020! Postmark your donations by Dec. 31st, or swing by during office hours today (Mon.) or tomorrow (Tues.) between 1-4pm.

We have only 3 tickets left for our Holiday Tea, Jan. 11th, for the 2:30pm seating. A perfect way to spend that holiday ...
12/27/2019
Holiday Tea at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm

We have only 3 tickets left for our Holiday Tea, Jan. 11th, for the 2:30pm seating. A perfect way to spend that holiday cash on a memorable experience you'll be able to tell your friends about in your 2020 Christmas letter!

A sumptuous five-course tea in the historic Bruentrup farmhouse.

12/26/2019
Want another great gift idea? Get a membership to the Maplewood Area Historical Society! We have an entire list of membe...
12/23/2019

Want another great gift idea? Get a membership to the Maplewood Area Historical Society! We have an entire list of membership levels with great incentives. Take a peek at our website - click on "Become a Member."

Need a LAST MINUTE GIFT? We're open until 4pm! Grab a box of Dining Club cards for $25. ✅
12/23/2019

Need a LAST MINUTE GIFT? We're open until 4pm! Grab a box of Dining Club cards for $25. ✅

Whatever happened to Maplewood’s Sandy Lake?In 1938, the St. Paul Water Utility Department was allowed to begin dumping ...
12/18/2019

Whatever happened to Maplewood’s Sandy Lake?

In 1938, the St. Paul Water Utility Department was allowed to begin dumping waste and sediment from their McCarron’s Lake water treatment plant into nearby Sandy Lake. In later years, this included lime that was removed from the city water. Eventually the lake was completely devoid of water and became a dirt field. To minimize lime dust blowing into the neighborhood, four feet of dirt was placed on top of the field. Today the area may be sandy but there is no more lake!

Want to know more about Maplewood's history? Become a member! Message us for details on membership levels and perks.

We've opened up a couple of seats for our Holiday Tea - but there are only 5 seats left! Snatch them up here:
12/17/2019
Holiday Tea at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm

We've opened up a couple of seats for our Holiday Tea - but there are only 5 seats left! Snatch them up here:

A sumptuous five-course tea in the historic Bruentrup farmhouse.

Can't find the perfect gift? We've got you covered. Purchase a box of Dining Club cards and you'll be giving someone thr...
12/16/2019

Can't find the perfect gift? We've got you covered. Purchase a box of Dining Club cards and you'll be giving someone three things in one: 1) a night out, 2) an adventure, and 3) a memory! Stop by during office hours, Mon-Tues, 1-4pm. Only $25!

A peek at the patrons and personnel who experienced a Sunday morning of good cheer, good food and good conversation!Than...
12/12/2019

A peek at the patrons and personnel who experienced a Sunday morning of good cheer, good food and good conversation!

Thank you to everyone who joined us, and special thanks to all of our volunteers who made the day extra special. Please tag yourself!

A peek at the patrons and personnel who experienced a Sunday morning of good cheer, good food and good conversation!

Thank you to everyone who joined us, and special thanks to all of our volunteers who made the day extra special. Please tag yourself!

12/12/2019

Only 2 more tickets remain for our Holiday Tea!

Isn't it great to come together as a community and serve each other? We are thankful to all our volunteers who helped ma...
12/10/2019

Isn't it great to come together as a community and serve each other? We are thankful to all our volunteers who helped make our BREAKFAST WITH SANTA such a success on Sunday.

12/09/2019

ATTENTION MAHS members: We are postponing this Wednesday's annual potluck due to the upcoming low temps. Stay home and keep warm! We'll let you know the rescheduled date soon. ❄️🥶

We're having a GREAT time at Breakfast with Santa this morning! Happy to have the McComb family with us. Happy holidays!
12/08/2019

We're having a GREAT time at Breakfast with Santa this morning! Happy to have the McComb family with us. Happy holidays!

The Bruentrup farmhouse is getting decorated for the holidays and for BREAKFAST WITH SANTA & FRIENDS tomorrow! Volunteer...
12/07/2019

The Bruentrup farmhouse is getting decorated for the holidays and for BREAKFAST WITH SANTA & FRIENDS tomorrow! Volunteer and MAHS board member, Steve Carlson, has put together some amazing displays. Don't miss!

DO YOU KNOW WHY Maplewood has that narrow strip of land referred to as the “southern leg”?When Minnesota became a state ...
12/03/2019

DO YOU KNOW WHY Maplewood has that narrow strip of land referred to as the “southern leg”?

When Minnesota became a state In May, 1858, six townships were created in Ramsey County – including McLean and New Canada. But the City of St. Paul grew rapidly and quickly began annexing land from the townships. By 1890, McLean township had only 5 square miles that were bounded by McKnight Road on the west, Minnehaha Avenue on the north, Century Avenue on the east and Bailey Road on the south. This was too small for a township to exist so it was merged into its northern neighbor - New Canada township - which became Maplewood in 1957. Today this one-mile wide strip forms most of the “southern leg” of Maplewood.

Did you see us in the Star Tribune “Family Events” listing today?
12/01/2019

Did you see us in the Star Tribune “Family Events” listing today?

Have you bought your tickets to the Breakfast with Santa & Friends yet? Snatch 'em up before they're gone - you don't wa...
12/01/2019

Have you bought your tickets to the Breakfast with Santa & Friends yet? Snatch 'em up before they're gone - you don't want to miss making a holiday memory! See our event page for details. Event is Dec. 8th. 🎅🏼🍳👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

11/28/2019
Happy Thanksgiving, 2019

So much to be grateful for. From all of us at the Maplewood Area Historical Society: Happy Thanksgiving!

We're glad we got the signs updated before the snowfall... #goodbyeregularshoes #helloboots ❄️❄️❄️
11/26/2019

We're glad we got the signs updated before the snowfall... #goodbyeregularshoes #helloboots ❄️❄️❄️

11/25/2019

Are you cooking dinner for Thanksgiving? Then give yourself a break AFTER Thanksgiving and let someone else do the cooking for you! Get Dining Club Cards today or tomorrow (Mon-Tues 1-4pm), and treat yourself. 🍽🍷👀👍🏼(Plus, you're helping MAHS stay afloat - it's a win-win!)

Our BREAKFAST WITH SANTA event is coming up soon. Have you purchased your tickets? Ho-ho-horry up and go to our event pa...
11/22/2019

Our BREAKFAST WITH SANTA event is coming up soon. Have you purchased your tickets? Ho-ho-horry up and go to our event page for more info. 🎅🏼🥞🍳

Many, many thanks to those of you who donated to our GIVEMN Give To the Max Day campaign fundraiser last week! We raised...
11/22/2019

Many, many thanks to those of you who donated to our GIVEMN Give To the Max Day campaign fundraiser last week! We raised $585 to continue the work here at the Maplewood Area Historical Society & Bruentrup Heritage Farm.

Snapshots of the team from MSNBC's "On Assignment with Richard Engel." They used our historic barn as a backdrop for an ...
11/19/2019

Snapshots of the team from MSNBC's "On Assignment with Richard Engel." They used our historic barn as a backdrop for an interview with General Joseph Votel, which premiered Sunday, November 17, 2019.

Snapshots of the team from MSNBC's "On Assignment with Richard Engel." They used our historic barn as a backdrop for an interview with General Joseph Votel, which premiered Sunday, November 17, 2019.

PC: Calvin Mulumba
11/19/2019

PC: Calvin Mulumba

Did you watch MSNBC's "On Assignment with Richard Engel" last night? The interview with General Joseph Votel was conduct...
11/18/2019
The Kurds: Did America betray an ally?

Did you watch MSNBC's "On Assignment with Richard Engel" last night? The interview with General Joseph Votel was conducted inside our historic barn! Here's the interview - click to the 5:00 minute marker. More photos to follow today.

Together with U.S. forces, the Kurds of northern Syria successfully defeated ISIS. They were on their way to establishing a homeland, until that fateful October 6th phone call between President Trump and Turkey’s President Erdogan.

11/15/2019
On Assignment with Richard Engel

BIG NEWS: Recently MAHS’s historic barn was chosen as the venue for an NBC News interview with General Joseph Votel.

General Votel was commander for the U.S. in the Middle East until last March. The interviewer, Charlotte Gardiner, an associate of Richard Engel of NBC, wanted his reaction to President Trump’s decision to remove U.S. troops from the Turkish border. This interview will be aired on MSNBC this Sunday evening, November 17 at 9pm CST as "On Assignment with Richard Engel."

Our barn may be nothing more than a backdrop, but you may see some scenes of our adjacent path. If nothing else, General Votel provides insight into what's happening in Syria and you can claim you saw the barn on national TV!

Richard Engel doesn't just get the story, he goes to the center of it.

We're up to $585 raised for MAHS today - and we're not slowing down! Keep it coming, pour it on - help us bring JOY to M...
11/15/2019

We're up to $585 raised for MAHS today - and we're not slowing down! Keep it coming, pour it on - help us bring JOY to Maplewood and beyond. #GTMD19 givemn.org/story/bringingjoy

There's still time to donate to MAHS! #GTMD19 givemn.org/story/Bringingjoy
11/15/2019

There's still time to donate to MAHS! #GTMD19 givemn.org/story/Bringingjoy

11/14/2019

Alan Peterson - THANK YOU
for donating today! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
#GTMD19

11/14/2019

Thank you for your donation, Heidi Summers!
So grateful for people like you.
#GTMD19

11/14/2019

Thank you Bob Cardinal!
Thank you Bob Jensen!
Thank you Mary O'Malley! Grateful for your donations!

Have you ever been here for an evening event and when you walked back to the parking lot it was too dark to find your ca...
11/14/2019

Have you ever been here for an evening event and when you walked back to the parking lot it was too dark to find your car? We want to fix that. But we need your help today. #GTMD19 https://www.givemn.org/story/Bringingjoy

DID YOU KNOW how Maplewood got its name?Before the election of February 26, 1957 when the residents of New Canada Townsh...
11/14/2019

DID YOU KNOW how Maplewood got its name?

Before the election of February 26, 1957 when the residents of New Canada Township voted to incorporate as a village, local officials met one evening to decide on a name. Ed O’Mara suggested ‘Montclair,' the name of his hometown in New Jersey. The rest of the members didn’t like ‘Montclair’ because it was the name of a car manufactured by Mercury from 1955 – 1969!

Gerald Berger suggested ‘Maplewood’. Ed O’Mara liked the idea because he once lived near Maplewood, New Jersey. Ernie Radatz liked it because the area around Mogren’s Corner [intersection of White Bear Avenue & County Road C] used to be known as ‘Maple Wood.' The school there [District 8] was named Maplewood in 1929 and County Road C once was Maple Street. And finally, Waldo Luebben liked the name because he was a nurseryman [his nursery was near Arcade Street and Roselawn Avenue] who grew trees, and maple trees were his favorite.

11/14/2019

It’s Give To The Max Day! Would you help us bring joy to our city? #GTMD19

Are you ready for tomorrow's GIVE TO THE MAX DAY? Here are the most current identifiable needs we have for future purcha...
11/13/2019
Support Bringing JOY to Maplewood & the Twin Cities! on GiveMN

Are you ready for tomorrow's GIVE TO THE MAX DAY? Here are the most current identifiable needs we have for future purchase:

A flammable liquids storage cabinet for gasoline, diesel fuel and solvents ($250).
A rope-making machine to demonstrate how farmers made their own rope ($300).
A replacement dishwasher for farmhouse kitchen ($700).
Lighting for the two parking lots for safe walking during evening events ($3000).
Carpeting for assembly area in barn basement ($2000).
Permanent theatre lighting in barn for summer theatre performances ($3000).
Kitchen renovation to install more cabinets and counter-space ($1000).

Bringing warmth of nostalgia, exhilarating education and the delight of historic entertainment.

11/12/2019
Dining Club cards = DISCOUNTS!

You deserve a date night. But why spend all that money? Get a DISCOUNT for your date night when you purchase Dining Club cards - right here at MAHS!

Did you get your Maplewood Living in your mailbox yet? Did you see our ad for Breakfast with Santa & Friends? Hard to be...
11/12/2019

Did you get your Maplewood Living in your mailbox yet? Did you see our ad for Breakfast with Santa & Friends? Hard to believe - but it's coming up SOON. See you here?

Veterans, we honor you. And thank you. Today, and every day.
11/12/2019

Veterans, we honor you. And thank you. Today, and every day.

Maplewood Area Historical Society's cover photo
11/07/2019

Maplewood Area Historical Society's cover photo

11/07/2019
Monroe Crossing: Micah 6:8

Many of you enjoyed our post about Monroe Crossing, the bluegrass band who made a video in our big, red barn. Here's one more video for you to enjoy. And keep in mind, your donations on Give to the Max Day (Nov 14th) will help us keep our historic barn in gorgeous shape for these kind of events and more! #MonroeCrossing #GTMD19 #mnoriginal #tpt

Brought together by their shared love for music legend Bill Monroe, Monroe Crossing has become a premiere bluegrass band in Minnesota. In The Maplewood Histo...

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2170 County Road D E
Maplewood, MN
55109

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Monday 13:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00

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(651) 748-8645

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