Maplewood Area Historical Society

Maplewood Area Historical Society Where the heritage and history of the Maplewood area lives. Educating, Sharing, Preserving. 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.
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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.

Operating as usual

Thanks Pioneer Press for including us in the Summer Fun/Family Fun section! Mark your calendar for our next Open House: ...
06/14/2021

Thanks Pioneer Press for including us in the Summer Fun/Family Fun section! Mark your calendar for our next Open House: July 12th. Oh, and remember, it's FREE!!

Thanks Pioneer Press for including us in the Summer Fun/Family Fun section! Mark your calendar for our next Open House: July 12th. Oh, and remember, it's FREE!!

Last Saturday was the PERFECT day to kick up our heels and have Spring Tea in the barn! 🫖☀️
06/14/2021

Last Saturday was the PERFECT day to kick up our heels and have Spring Tea in the barn! 🫖☀️

06/09/2021

Happy to have our MAHS President, Mike Ericson, alongside Mayor Abrams to welcome Hy-Vee to Maplewood! (Mike is in purple, on the mayor's right.) #GoodinMaplewood

What? Did you miss our Open House? If so, you missed a lot! Good thing you have more chances to experience all these gre...
06/09/2021

What? Did you miss our Open House? If so, you missed a lot! Good thing you have more chances to experience all these great exhibits! Your next chance is July 12th, 11am-2pm. Put it on your calendar - and remember: it's FREE!

Thanks White Bear Lake Magazine for promoting our Open House! Come out to the Farm today until 2pm. Enjoy!
06/07/2021
Open House at Bruentrup Heritage Farm | White Bear Lake

Thanks White Bear Lake Magazine for promoting our Open House! Come out to the Farm today until 2pm. Enjoy!

Browse exhibits and learn the history of Maplewood and the Bruentrup dairy farm. Check out exhibits on Gladstone and New Canada Township; interact with the 3M "Magically Adhered" exhibit; see a 1923 Pirsch fire truck; even get a guided tour of the 1912 farmhouse & buildings. Plus, on Sundays, we wil...

Open House today, 6/7, 11-2. Fresh air, sunshine and a world of knowledge awaits you!
06/07/2021

Open House today, 6/7, 11-2. Fresh air, sunshine and a world of knowledge awaits you!

Open House today, 6/7, 11-2. Fresh air, sunshine and a world of knowledge awaits you!

Come over today!
06/06/2021

Come over today!

Come over today!

Open house today! Come see the interactive exhibits!
06/06/2021

Open house today! Come see the interactive exhibits!

Open house today! Come see the interactive exhibits!

OPEN HOUSE—Sunday, June 6, 11am-2pm. FREE FUN for all! Get outside and enjoy summer at the Farm.
06/06/2021

OPEN HOUSE—Sunday, June 6, 11am-2pm. FREE FUN for all! Get outside and enjoy summer at the Farm.

OPEN HOUSE—Sunday, June 6, 11am-2pm. FREE FUN for all! Get outside and enjoy summer at the Farm.

Are you coming to our Open House tomorrow, 11-2? Lots of interactive exhibits and experiences—don’t miss it. It’s FREE!!...
06/06/2021

Are you coming to our Open House tomorrow, 11-2? Lots of interactive exhibits and experiences—don’t miss it. It’s FREE!!!

Are you coming to our Open House tomorrow, 11-2? Lots of interactive exhibits and experiences—don’t miss it. It’s FREE!!!

06/03/2021

JOB NOTICE: SEEKING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR!
The Maplewood Area Historical Society is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to help the institution fulfill its mission of making Maplewood history and heritage come alive. The ED will be responsible for centering history in all programs, exhibits and rental events as well as to manage day-to-day operations and volunteer activities; provide governance support to the Board of Directors; create exhibits and programs; manage collections and facilities; develop and maintain communications; recruit and train new volunteers and staff; and carry out other duties as assigned. This is a full-time position paying $35,000 - $40,000 depending on qualifications.

A complete Position Description is posted at: https://maplewoodhistoricalsociety.org/executive-director-position/
Questions and your application should be emailed to: [email protected]

School is almost out. Do you have your kiddos registered for camp yet? Get them out of the house and into the great outd...
05/24/2021

School is almost out. Do you have your kiddos registered for camp yet? Get them out of the house and into the great outdoors at Farm to Table Camp! 🐄🐮🥛🧀🍞🌽🍅🌱

School is almost out. Do you have your kiddos registered for camp yet? Get them out of the house and into the great outdoors at Farm to Table Camp! 🐄🐮🥛🧀🍞🌽🍅🌱

Events are ON!!! We’ve even got Princess Kay of the Milky Way coming to our Dairy Day!
05/24/2021

Events are ON!!! We’ve even got Princess Kay of the Milky Way coming to our Dairy Day!

Events are ON!!! We’ve even got Princess Kay of the Milky Way coming to our Dairy Day!

Join Donna Naumann Jensen (wife of MAHS's historian, Bob Jensen!), Janice Quick, Bob Tholkes and Pat Hustings with MC Me...
05/06/2021
History Revealed: The St. Paul Hiking Club

Join Donna Naumann Jensen (wife of MAHS's historian, Bob Jensen!), Janice Quick, Bob Tholkes and Pat Hustings with MC Meredith Cummings as they share the history and stories of the St. Paul Hiking Club from its beginnings one hundred years ago on January 15, 1921.

Join Bob Tholkes, Janice Quick, Donna Naumann Jensen and Pat Hustings with MC Meredith Cummings as they share the history and stories of the St. Paul Hiking ...

What a perfect day it was for the Big Red Barn Sale! Check out these photos and see if YOU are in one. A special shout-o...
05/05/2021

What a perfect day it was for the Big Red Barn Sale! Check out these photos and see if YOU are in one. A special shout-out to all of our volunteers—thank you! And vendors, we hope you had a successful day. 🌞

SO MUCH creativity! Come and see it all today until 4pm. You don’t want to miss out. (And did we mention the food?!?)
05/01/2021

SO MUCH creativity! Come and see it all today until 4pm. You don’t want to miss out. (And did we mention the food?!?)

SO MUCH creativity! Come and see it all today until 4pm. You don’t want to miss out. (And did we mention the food?!?)

Join us at the Farm today until 4pm! Artisans, crafters, artists, flea market sellers and MORE!
05/01/2021

Join us at the Farm today until 4pm! Artisans, crafters, artists, flea market sellers and MORE!

The BIG RED BARN SALE is TOMORROW (Sat., May 1st) starting at 11am. Are your shopping shoes on?? 👟
04/30/2021

The BIG RED BARN SALE is TOMORROW (Sat., May 1st) starting at 11am. Are your shopping shoes on?? 👟

The BIG RED BARN SALE is TOMORROW (Sat., May 1st) starting at 11am. Are your shopping shoes on?? 👟

Sharing a fascinating piece of history from WBL Historical Society. #historymatters
04/29/2021

Sharing a fascinating piece of history from WBL Historical Society. #historymatters

"Last Street Car Will Run May 7th".
April 29, 1932 - WB Press

Our historic barn is a beautiful venue for theatre, concerts and weddings. Last night Bucket Brigade Theater performed a...
04/24/2021

Our historic barn is a beautiful venue for theatre, concerts and weddings. Last night Bucket Brigade Theater performed a (COVID safe) fundraiser show—live in the barn!

Our historic barn is a beautiful venue for theatre, concerts and weddings. Last night Bucket Brigade Theater performed a (COVID safe) fundraiser show—live in the barn!

04/22/2021

It's always a pleasure when theatre companies like Bucket Brigade rent out our beautiful barn for their events. We're glad to have our historic treasure be put to good use for #GoodinMaplewood 👏👏👏

Last Saturday was our annual spring clean-up. Thank you to MAHS Board members, Bill Bruentrup and Bob Cardinal for clean...
04/21/2021

Last Saturday was our annual spring clean-up. Thank you to MAHS Board members, Bill Bruentrup and Bob Cardinal for cleaning the exhibits. And thanks to friends and volunteers for doing a labor of love by raking, dusting, mopping and sweeping!

We’re always seeking new volunteers for various needs. Reach out to let us know your availability! #WeLoveVolunteers

Did you see us in the Star Tribune camp guide? Reserve your child’s summer adventure at the Farm!
04/19/2021

Did you see us in the Star Tribune camp guide? Reserve your child’s summer adventure at the Farm!

Did you see us in the Star Tribune camp guide? Reserve your child’s summer adventure at the Farm!

Celebrate Earth Day by helping us clean the barn basement - tomorrow, April 17th, 9am-1pm. Dust, sweep, mop. It's easy, ...
04/16/2021

Celebrate Earth Day by helping us clean the barn basement - tomorrow, April 17th, 9am-1pm. Dust, sweep, mop. It's easy, and the more people to help, the quicker the job gets done! Do some #goodinmaplewood tomorrow. You'll feel a whole lot better when you do. 💪🤸

Celebrate Earth Day by helping us clean the barn basement - tomorrow, April 17th, 9am-1pm. Dust, sweep, mop. It's easy, and the more people to help, the quicker the job gets done! Do some #goodinmaplewood tomorrow. You'll feel a whole lot better when you do. 💪🤸

Did you see our ad in the Maplewood Living newsletter? How excited are you for this event?? 🙌 Just a reminder: there is ...
04/15/2021

Did you see our ad in the Maplewood Living newsletter? How excited are you for this event?? 🙌 Just a reminder: there is NO parking along County Road D. You can park for free in our lot, or in the Harbor Pointe lot just west of the Farm. 🚗

Did you see our ad in the Maplewood Living newsletter? How excited are you for this event?? 🙌 Just a reminder: there is NO parking along County Road D. You can park for free in our lot, or in the Harbor Pointe lot just west of the Farm. 🚗

CHECK IT OUT! We have a new virtual history tour: "Highway 61: Farmers, Felons & Folksingers" has just been released on ...
04/14/2021
Virtual Tours – MAHS

CHECK IT OUT! We have a new virtual history tour:

"Highway 61: Farmers, Felons & Folksingers"

has just been released on our website. Enjoy a journey up and down Highway 61 today! 🚗

3M and Maplewood: Magically Adhered This exhibit traces the history of the arrival and development of 3M within Maplewood.

We need your help! April 17th (Sat.) is our SPRING CLEAN-UP at the Farm. We need a few people to help clean the barn bas...
04/12/2021

We need your help! April 17th (Sat.) is our SPRING CLEAN-UP at the Farm. We need a few people to help clean the barn basement. It requires dusting, sweeping and mopping. You'll be able to tangibly see the fruits of your labor! Come take pride in this gem of Maplewood. Clean-up is from 9am-1pm. Give Bob Jensen a call or text at 651-900-3539 and join in! #GoodinMaplewood #welovevolunteers

We need your help! April 17th (Sat.) is our SPRING CLEAN-UP at the Farm. We need a few people to help clean the barn basement. It requires dusting, sweeping and mopping. You'll be able to tangibly see the fruits of your labor! Come take pride in this gem of Maplewood. Clean-up is from 9am-1pm. Give Bob Jensen a call or text at 651-900-3539 and join in! #GoodinMaplewood #welovevolunteers

DO YOU KNOW...the history of Midvale?Today Midvale is a shopping center in Maplewood at the corner of Stillwater Road an...
04/07/2021

DO YOU KNOW...the history of Midvale?

Today Midvale is a shopping center in Maplewood at the corner of Stillwater Road and Century Avenue. But it started as a railroad depot in 1880 in nearby Oakdale.

In 1887, the Midvale Improvement Company was incorporated to develop the area. Midvale remained as a neighborhood that expanded into New Canada township in Ramsey County, but it never was incorporated. In 1947, the Midvale residents living in New Canada township became concerned about a possible annexation by St. Paul, and signed a petition to hold a special election to vote on incorporating. The voters rejected this by a vote of 374 (against) to 107 (for). But the concern was again raised in 1956 when 3M began construction nearby. This time, the residents of Midvale and the entire township voted to incorporate as the village of Maplewood.

(Photo of Midvale in the 1947 election.)

Want to know more history stories, exclusive to our members? Then become a member! You'll get new history stories each month in your inbox, as well as news about the Society and events taking place here at the Farm.

DO YOU KNOW...the history of Midvale?

Today Midvale is a shopping center in Maplewood at the corner of Stillwater Road and Century Avenue. But it started as a railroad depot in 1880 in nearby Oakdale.

In 1887, the Midvale Improvement Company was incorporated to develop the area. Midvale remained as a neighborhood that expanded into New Canada township in Ramsey County, but it never was incorporated. In 1947, the Midvale residents living in New Canada township became concerned about a possible annexation by St. Paul, and signed a petition to hold a special election to vote on incorporating. The voters rejected this by a vote of 374 (against) to 107 (for). But the concern was again raised in 1956 when 3M began construction nearby. This time, the residents of Midvale and the entire township voted to incorporate as the village of Maplewood.

(Photo of Midvale in the 1947 election.)

Want to know more history stories, exclusive to our members? Then become a member! You'll get new history stories each month in your inbox, as well as news about the Society and events taking place here at the Farm.

Happy Easter from all of us at the Maplewood Area Historical Society! 🐰🐇🌞🕶
04/05/2021

Happy Easter from all of us at the Maplewood Area Historical Society! 🐰🐇🌞🕶

Happy Easter from all of us at the Maplewood Area Historical Society! 🐰🐇🌞🕶

Tuesdays are for cataloging, and today Bob Jensen (left) and Steve Carlson (right) are hard at work with artifacts from ...
03/30/2021

Tuesdays are for cataloging, and today Bob Jensen (left) and Steve Carlson (right) are hard at work with artifacts from Maplewood’s former Heritage Theatre Company. 🎭

Tuesdays are for cataloging, and today Bob Jensen (left) and Steve Carlson (right) are hard at work with artifacts from Maplewood’s former Heritage Theatre Company. 🎭

Address

2170 County Road D E
Maplewood, MN
55109

Opening Hours

Monday 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!

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