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.

A view of the pond from in front of the mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Maplewood. #memorialday2020 #historyma...
05/26/2020

A view of the pond from in front of the mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Maplewood. #memorialday2020 #historymatters

05/25/2020

We remember.

An updated photo of the progress that Bill Bruentrup and Bob Jensen are making on the Granary. What a difference! #Goodi...
05/21/2020

An updated photo of the progress that Bill Bruentrup and Bob Jensen are making on the Granary. What a difference! #GoodinMaplewood

The final pic of our Easter Egg Give-Away prizewinners:  Congratulations to Henley Floyd, age 3, who won a cool - REALLY...
05/20/2020

The final pic of our Easter Egg Give-Away prizewinners: Congratulations to Henley Floyd, age 3, who won a cool - REALLY cool - “Frozen” bicycle! Get outside and let it go, Henley! ❄️ #GoodinMaplewood

Another pic of one of our Easter Egg Give-Away winners: Andrew Johnson, age 7, won a telescope. Congratulations Andrew! ...
05/19/2020

Another pic of one of our Easter Egg Give-Away winners: Andrew Johnson, age 7, won a telescope. Congratulations Andrew! Reach for the ⭐️⭐️⭐️! #GoodinMaplewood

Here's another one of our prizewinners from the Easter Egg Give-Away: 6 1/2 year old Lyla Gibson. Congratulations Lyla, ...
05/18/2020

Here's another one of our prizewinners from the Easter Egg Give-Away: 6 1/2 year old Lyla Gibson. Congratulations Lyla, on winning this great bicycle! Enjoy your summer! #GoodinMaplewood

Our prize-winners from the Easter Egg Give-Away stopped into today for their prizes! First up: Cozetta Pierce graciously...
05/18/2020

Our prize-winners from the Easter Egg Give-Away stopped into today for their prizes! First up: Cozetta Pierce graciously accepted the prize for her brother, Becker, who was out of town. Congratulations Becker, for winning the telescope! #GoodinMaplewood

More photos of the Granary being restored. Notice on the right of the bottom two photos: this is what it’ll look like wh...
05/14/2020

More photos of the Granary being restored. Notice on the right of the bottom two photos: this is what it’ll look like when it’s done! #GoodinMaplewood #volunteersmakeitbetter

Give a loud shout out to these two: Bill Bruentrup and Bob Jensen! They’ve been tirelessly working on fixing up the Gran...
05/14/2020

Give a loud shout out to these two: Bill Bruentrup and Bob Jensen! They’ve been tirelessly working on fixing up the Granary. And look: they’re still smiling! Let’s thank them in comments. ⬇️👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

We love this article by Richard Chin in today's Star Tribune: “Most of us fall into that category of common or ordinary ...
05/13/2020
You're witnessing history: Minnesota historians need your help to document the pandemic as it happens

We love this article by Richard Chin in today's Star Tribune:

“Most of us fall into that category of common or ordinary people,” said Kent Whitworth, director and CEO of the Minnesota Historical Society. “History matters. But more important, my history and your history matters.”

Archivists are asking for blog posts, photos, signs, even T-shirts to capture pandemic history as it's happening.

DID YOU KNOW that Lookout Park is the oldest park in Maplewood?Lookout Park is a 1/5-acre triangular park near the north...
05/11/2020

DID YOU KNOW that Lookout Park is the oldest park in Maplewood?

Lookout Park is a 1/5-acre triangular park near the northeast shore of Lake Phalen that was platted in 1884 by developers of Lakeside Park Addition. It was advertised as having a 55-foot high wooden lookout tower from which you could see downtown St Paul. The tower was probably demolished around 1905 and today’s trees prevent seeing anything beyond Lake Phalen.

05/11/2020

HISTORY QUESTION: What is the oldest park in Maplewood?

Because of donations to MAHS, we've been able to do a kitchen remodel to upgrade storage and improve serving capacity in...
05/07/2020

Because of donations to MAHS, we've been able to do a kitchen remodel to upgrade storage and improve serving capacity in our historic farmhouse. We are so grateful to Bill Bruentrup for building these new cabinets! He created these to match the ones already in the kitchen, so as to keep its historic features. Thank you, Bill! And thanks also to Calvin Mulumba who assisted him.

There is still one more day to donate to our GIVEMN campaign, or to send a donation via our website. Would you help us keep on preserving and sharing Maplewood history? It's history that YOU can enjoy and take part in. Soon we'll be back open and ready to make full use of the Bruentrup Heritage Farm!

The beautiful big red barn at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm. Please support the Maplewood Area Historical Society who pres...
05/05/2020

The beautiful big red barn at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm. Please support the Maplewood Area Historical Society who preserve this piece of history for the community!

One of the greatest things we offer here at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm is our Farm-To-Table Summer Camp. We have 2 sess...
05/05/2020

One of the greatest things we offer here at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm is our Farm-To-Table Summer Camp. We have 2 sessions this August, and we can't wait to introduce you to our new educators! Sign up your elementary-aged child now for a week-long, outdoor session of farm food and farmyard fun!

It's #GiveMN week! With any size donation, you allow us to make MAHS a better place for our community - both here in Map...
05/04/2020
Support Bringing JOY to Maplewood & the Twin Cities! on GiveMN

It's #GiveMN week! With any size donation, you allow us to make MAHS a better place for our community - both here in Maplewood and beyond. Would you consider making a donation today?

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

DID YOU KNOW the early roads in Maplewood were constructed and maintained by township residents?In 1858, all males ages ...
04/30/2020

DID YOU KNOW the early roads in Maplewood were constructed and maintained by township residents?

In 1858, all males ages 21-50 were required to work on the roads for 2 days each year. If farmers had horse-drawn wagons or scrapers, they would be paid for use of this equipment. These workers were supervised by township officials. There were instances of favoritism on which roads were maintained, and complaints about workers who had no road-building skills.

By the end of the 19th century, the state and counties began hiring engineers to identify what roads needed work and how the work was to be performed. Contractors were then hired with the equipment and skills to complete this work.

These wonderful volunteers did some #GoodinMaplewood last Saturday for Spring Clean-Up Day at the Bruentrup Heritage Far...
04/28/2020

These wonderful volunteers did some #GoodinMaplewood last Saturday for Spring Clean-Up Day at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm! Throw your hands in the air for great volunteers!!! W0000t!!! 👏👏👏👋👋👋

04/24/2020

Do you want to...

1) Get outside
2) Get exercise
3) Do good in the neighborhood?

Then we want YOU! TOMORROW (Saturday) we will be holding our annual Spring Clean-Up where we rake, shovel and clean up the farmyard areas, making them ready for summer. Get more details and sign up on our event page! #GoodinMaplewood

DO YOU KNOW what is considered the oldest building in Maplewood? The abandoned building at 1375 Frost Avenue was built i...
04/20/2020

DO YOU KNOW what is considered the oldest building in Maplewood?

The abandoned building at 1375 Frost Avenue was built in 1879 for $575 on the north end of Lake Phalen to serve as the meeting place for the New Canada township. In 1900, it was moved to the south side of Frost Avenue where it continued to be the place for monthly and annual meetings. In 1952, it was sold and moved to the north side of Frost where it continued as a church, a catering house and a furniture store until 2003, when it was abandoned. The City of Maplewood owns it today and has plans to demolish it.

This photo of the extensively remodeled town hall is from 2017.

We couldn't hold our Easter Bunny Breakfast this year because of COVID-19, so instead we gave away Easter goodie bags fr...
04/16/2020

We couldn't hold our Easter Bunny Breakfast this year because of COVID-19, so instead we gave away Easter goodie bags from a safe, 6' distance. KSTP TV's Joe Mazan did a feature on us as well, and interviewed our president, Mike Ericson, and event manager, Mary O'Malley. Many thanks to our Easter Bunny (who we'll just call "Jim" for short.)

These beautiful photos were taken by photographer Patty Ruppert!

We couldn't hold our Easter Bunny Breakfast this year because of COVID-19, so instead we gave away Easter goodie bags from a safe, 6' distance. KSTP TV's Joe Mazan did a feature on us as well, and interviewed our president, Mike Ericson, and event manager, Mary O'Malley. Many thanks to our Easter Bunny (who we'll just call "Jim" for short.)

These beautiful photos were taken by photographer Patty Ruppert!

We couldn't hold our Easter Bunny Breakfast this year because of COVID-19, so instead we gave away Easter goodie bags fr...
04/16/2020

We couldn't hold our Easter Bunny Breakfast this year because of COVID-19, so instead we gave away Easter goodie bags from a safe, 6' distance. KSTP TV's Joe Mazan did a feature on us as well, and interviewed our president, Mike Ericson, and event manager, Mary O'Malley. Many thanks to our Easter Bunny (who we'll just call "Jim" for short.)

These beautiful photos were taken by photographer Patty Ruppert!

We couldn't hold our Easter Bunny Breakfast this year because of COVID-19, so instead we gave away Easter goodie bags from a safe, 6' distance. KSTP TV's Joe Mazan did a feature on us as well, and interviewed our president, Mike Ericson, and event manager, Mary O'Malley. Many thanks to our Easter Bunny (who we'll just call "Jim" for short.)

These beautiful photos were taken by photographer Patty Ruppert!

04/12/2020

KSTP’s Joe Mazan stopped by our Easter Egg Give-Away today!

Can't get your haircut while sheltering-at-home? Want to cover some grey? We've got what you need! Click "Shop Now" for ...
04/05/2020

Can't get your haircut while sheltering-at-home? Want to cover some grey? We've got what you need! Click "Shop Now" for these fine quality, Bruentrup Heritage Farm hats.

DO YOU KNOW what Maplewood site is on the National Registry of Historic Places? In 1977, the dairy barn at the Ramsey Co...
04/02/2020

DO YOU KNOW what Maplewood site is on the National Registry of Historic Places?

In 1977, the dairy barn at the Ramsey County Care Center on White Bear Avenue was listed as having historic significance. This 40’ x 190’ barn was built in 1918 to house 75 milk cows as part of the Ramsey County Poor Farm. In those early years, residents who were unable to live independently could live in the adjacent dormitories and help with Farm activities.

This concept was discontinued after 1935 when Social Security was introduced and farming was discontinued. Today the barn houses offices for the Ramsey County Extension Services and the Ramsey County Fair.

04/01/2020
AFSA - Academy for Sciences & Agriculture

One of our new summer camp educators, Ms. Leiding, teaches at AFSA High School, and here's a video where she greets her AFSA students online from her family farm.

Be sure to sign your elementary-aged kids up for Farm-To-Table Camp this summer at Bruentrup Heritage Farm, right here in Maplewood!

A message from the farm! Meet Ms. Leiding’s animal friends!

Seen at Edgerton Elementary in Maplewood today! #GoodinMaplewood
03/31/2020

Seen at Edgerton Elementary in Maplewood today! #GoodinMaplewood

03/30/2020

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 virus restrictions, we have closed our office until further notice. Reach us by emailing [email protected] or leave a voicemail at 651-748-8645. Stay healthy, Maplewood!

How is sheltering-at-home going for you? Do you have creative ideas for connecting with people and doing good in Maplewo...
03/30/2020

How is sheltering-at-home going for you? Do you have creative ideas for connecting with people and doing good in Maplewood? If so, share them here with the hashtag #GoodinMaplewood 🍁

For starters: our operations director Joy Donley (see arrows) and her family had virtual dinners with friends! At top, Rob Barrett Jr. (who is running for MN Senate) and his wife, Jan. Below, Vadnais Heights City Councilman Bob Morse (on left) and his family. #GoodinMaplewood

There’s hope ahead! Farm-To-Table camps are going to be the highlight of your child’s summer. #covidnomore
03/26/2020

There’s hope ahead! Farm-To-Table camps are going to be the highlight of your child’s summer. #covidnomore

Grateful for the support of the wonderful White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce!
03/26/2020

Grateful for the support of the wonderful White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce!

Let’s get through this crisis together! We are learning fast about how to survive and thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonprofits that typically operate on thin margins are facing unprecedented challenges. The White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting nonprofits through this crisis with timely information and advocacy. What can you do? Just as you have been supporting our local restaurants by ordering take-out, give random donations to our local Nonprofits! Imagine the a difference you can make in our community! Here is a list of our Nonprofit members and feel free to donate today!

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society
H20 For Life
Church of St. Pius X - WBL
White Bear Area Emergency Food Shelf
Lake Links Trail Association
White Bear Lake Lions Club Foundation
St. Jude of the Lake Church
White Bear Center for the Arts
White Bear Lake United Methodist Church
Newtrax (Be a loop sponsor!)
Rotary Club of White Bear Lake
PAI
White Bear Lake Area Educational Foundation
Maplewood Area Historical Society
Mahtomedi Area Educational Foundation
Solid Ground
St. Andrew's Lutheran Church MN
Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation
Merrick, Inc.
#whitebearchamber

Do you have any personal stories about the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918? We are particularly interested in stories relat...
03/24/2020
influenza pandemic of 1918–19 | Cause, Origin, & Spread

Do you have any personal stories about the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918? We are particularly interested in stories related to New Canada Township, but will take your stories from other areas as well. Please send to our historian, Bob Jensen, at [email protected].

Influenza pandemic of 1918–19, the most severe influenza outbreak of the 20th century and among the most devastating pandemics in human history. The outbreak was caused by influenza type A subtype H1N1 virus. Learn about the origins, spread, and impact of the influenza pandemic of 1918–19.

Can you help us with our summer exhibit? We are creating a new exhibit on the history of Highway 61 - and we'd love your...
03/23/2020

Can you help us with our summer exhibit?

We are creating a new exhibit on the history of Highway 61 - and we'd love your stories and artifacts! If you have anything you'd like to share with us about Maplewood's Highway 61 history, anecdotes, photos or artifacts, please email: [email protected]

DO YOU KNOW when the Nature Center started?In 1967, the City of Maplewood acquired 30 acres of tax-forfeited land.  They...
03/20/2020

DO YOU KNOW when the Nature Center started?

In 1967, the City of Maplewood acquired 30 acres of tax-forfeited land. They purchased another 10 acres with the intent of creating a ball field and picnic area. But a hydrology study recommended the existing ponds be left for water storage for flood control. And the local citizens petitioned for the land to remain undeveloped. A Master Plan was developed to use the land as a nature center and in 1977, construction was started on the trails. In 1978, the interpretive building and parking lot were opened.

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2170 County Road D E
Maplewood, MN
55109

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

(651) 748-8645

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What is this place?

Located on 2 ½ acres of land and surrounded on 2 sides by a 22-acre prairie, we enjoy seeing deer loping, butterflies and bees swaying on wildflowers and magnificent golden sunsets casting a warm glow onto our historic red barn. Hayrides through the prairie offer the sights, smells and peacefulness of rural life just minutes away from urban bustle.

The Bruentrup Heritage Farm is one of the earliest farms in Maplewood. In 1882, 18-year-old William Bruentrup emigrated from Germany and married Ida Wagner in 1891. Ida’s parents sold the couple 40 acres for $1.00, and the Bruentrup Farm began. Four generations lived on the dairy farm from 1891-1999 at its original location on White Bear Avenue. It was the last continuously operated farm in Ramsey County. In 1999, the buildings were relocated to our current site and house the Maplewood Area Historical Society (MAHS) and its historical archives.

Educating, sharing and preserving the history of the Maplewood area – that’s what we’re all about! Our interpretive season kicks off in May and lasts through October, providing a vast array of historical events, exhibits and opportunities. From learning how to milk a cow to discovering artifacts on archaeological digs, MAHS provides unique avenues for understanding our past and interpreting it for the future.

Who says history is dull? Our entertainment options bring history to life! Join us for our professional musical theatre shows, 5-course teas, art exhibits and more!

MAHS is a place to find connection with others. By volunteering at our events, people find new friendships and soul-fulfilling purpose in serving together. By becoming members, people discover they have a voice in making history and doing good in our little part of the world.

The Bruentrup Heritage Farm is a venue for celebrations – weddings, anniversaries, birthdays…anything that values the sacredness of being human! Our historic red barn is the perfect place for a rustic-chic wedding, and we have a wedding coordinator on-staff to smoothly work out all the details.

For more information, email [email protected]

For wedding rental information, email [email protected]

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My father was Tom Hagen a Maplewood policemen for 33 years and a Maplewood Fireman for 30 years. After he died they named a street after him where the railroad tracks used to be between Clarence and English. Can you tell me what year this happened?
I thought you folks might like this photo..
Enjoy walking the trails lighted by luminaries at Maplewood Nature Center. Register here: https://apm.activecommunities.com/maplewoodmn/Activity_Search/luminary-hike/6622
Great program coming up this weekend at Maplewood Nature Center, you can register here: https://apm.activecommunities.com/maplewoodmn/Activity_Search/luminary-workshop/6621
Papas garden. Crafts pumpkins gourds squash see u on the 6th
Maplewood Treasure.
Bruentrup Farm, visit for feel of a little bit of Heaven. Every Time.
Hi. I have a question. Is this history of only the Bruentrup farm, or all history of Maplewood? The reason I ask is because my Uncle Leonard Pepin was the first Constable and Police Chief of Maplewood. Later he was the Fire Chief of Maplewood. Where might I find information about him? His photo hangs in the Maplewood Police Department, or did before the remodeling. Your help is much appreciated. Thanks Deb
Big thanks to the Maplewood Area Historical Society (Bruentrup Heritage Farm) for the work on City of Maplewood's Gladstone Shops video.
OUTSTANDING OWLS (LIVE!) (ALL AGES) New Location! At: Bruentrup Heritage Farm, 2170 County Road D. East, Maplewood, Minnesota 55109 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 3:00PM-6:00PM Meet an owl up close and learn what makes these creatures such a hoot! • Enjoy a Raptor Center presentation at 3:30PM. • From 4:30-6:00PM older kids can dissect owl pellets, while younger ones make an owl craft! Learn owl calls and go on a night hike around the lake in search of our feathered friends. Dress for the weather! Treats and beverage provided. Register early space is limited! Co-sponsored by the Friends of Maplewood Nature. Fee: Prepay $8/person by Wednesday October 26, at www.maplewoodnaturecenter.com and click on the RegisterOnline-Go button, or call 651-249-2170.
Last night the Farm was full of happy people enjoying a meal, playing games (like this apron contest) and laughing at the comedy of THE LOONEY LUTHERANS. Final 2 shows tonight and tomorrow afternoon!
It's a perfect night--OPENING NIGHT! Come out to the farm!