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.

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.

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West, North, South, Park—but no East St. Paul—Maplewood instead!  Maplewood Area Historical Society Executive Director, ...
10/29/2021
West, North, South, Park: Why are there so many suburbs named St. Paul?

West, North, South, Park—but no East St. Paul—Maplewood instead! Maplewood Area Historical Society Executive Director, T.J. Malaskee helps the Star Tribune figure out why!

Many east metro locales are named after Minnesota's capital city, though not all of their names neatly line up with the compass.

We were thrilled to welcome students from the Northwood Farmers Club, Junior Program to the Bruentrup Heritage Farm toda...
10/26/2021

We were thrilled to welcome students from the Northwood Farmers Club, Junior Program to the Bruentrup Heritage Farm today to help us test some new and exciting field-trips we’re developing!

Want to know more? Email us! [email protected]

We were thrilled to welcome students from the Northwood Farmers Club, Junior Program to the Bruentrup Heritage Farm today to help us test some new and exciting field-trips we’re developing!

Want to know more? Email us! [email protected]

Maplewood has a long history of community athletics, but this Circa 1965 wool baseball jersey has us stumped! Can you te...
10/14/2021

Maplewood has a long history of community athletics, but this Circa 1965 wool baseball jersey has us stumped! Can you tell us anything about a local 1960s-1970s baseball team from Gladstone (Maplewood's "lost city") or "Brown Bros." associated with this jersey? Help us solve a little history's mystery!

Maplewood has a long history of community athletics, but this Circa 1965 wool baseball jersey has us stumped! Can you tell us anything about a local 1960s-1970s baseball team from Gladstone (Maplewood's "lost city") or "Brown Bros." associated with this jersey? Help us solve a little history's mystery!

In honor of yesterday's Indigenous Peoples' Day, today's History Trivia Tuesday Quiz is on the Maplewood area's first pe...
10/12/2021
QUIZ: MAPLEWOOD'S FIRST PEOPLE, THE DAKOTA.

In honor of yesterday's Indigenous Peoples' Day, today's History Trivia Tuesday Quiz is on the Maplewood area's first people, the Dakota. Enjoy and we hope you learn more about our local Native history and heritage!

Think you’re smart? Take our quiz and test your knowledge on the Dakota!

10/11/2021
Though our favorite comic kiddos, the Peanuts aren't from Maplewood, many fans "know" they're from just down the road in...
10/05/2021
QUIZ: 71 YEARS OF CHARLES SCHULZ'S "PEANUTS"

Though our favorite comic kiddos, the Peanuts aren't from Maplewood, many fans "know" they're from just down the road in St. Paul, hometown of their beloved creator, Charles M. Schulz! Enjoy this week's History Trivia Tuesday with this fun quiz on Schulz and the Peanuts, and stop back weekly for more quizzes on Maplewood, Minnesota, and US history!

Have a favorite Peanuts character, comic, book or movie? Let us know in the comments below!

In honor of the 71st anniversary of the debut of Minnesota native, Charles Schulz's "Peanuts" this week in 1950, join us in taking this Schulz and "Peanuts" inspired quiz! Tune in every week for another "History Trivia Tuesday" brought to you by the Maplewood Historical Society!

It sure feels like fall at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm!  The windmill that watches over the farmstead is one of the Mapl...
10/04/2021

It sure feels like fall at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm! The windmill that watches over the farmstead is one of the Maplewood Area Historical Society’s greatest artifacts!

The 40 foot, three-leg tower dates to the first years of the 20th century and sat, just as it does now, north of the 1905 barn and south of the remodeled 1912 house on the Bruentrup family farm. The original 8 foot diameter rotor (fan-wheel) was damaged after decades of use when a burr oak tree grew next to the original windmill and the trees branches intermingled with the blades of the fan. The tower was moved from the original site on White Bear Avenue to its current location along with the 1905 barn, house, granary, machine shed, and tin shed in 1999.

In 2001, Bill and Raydelle Bruentrup—descendants of William and Ida Bruentrup, the original farmstead’s founders—sought out a replacement windmill rotor and after a nation wide search from Minnesota to Texas, a match from a farm in Carrol, Iowa was found and installed giving us the beautiful landmark all of Maplewood enjoys today!

Want to learn more about the Bruentrups, early farming in Maplewood, or just more about Maplewood history? Let us know!

It sure feels like fall at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm! The windmill that watches over the farmstead is one of the Maplewood Area Historical Society’s greatest artifacts!

The 40 foot, three-leg tower dates to the first years of the 20th century and sat, just as it does now, north of the 1905 barn and south of the remodeled 1912 house on the Bruentrup family farm. The original 8 foot diameter rotor (fan-wheel) was damaged after decades of use when a burr oak tree grew next to the original windmill and the trees branches intermingled with the blades of the fan. The tower was moved from the original site on White Bear Avenue to its current location along with the 1905 barn, house, granary, machine shed, and tin shed in 1999.

In 2001, Bill and Raydelle Bruentrup—descendants of William and Ida Bruentrup, the original farmstead’s founders—sought out a replacement windmill rotor and after a nation wide search from Minnesota to Texas, a match from a farm in Carrol, Iowa was found and installed giving us the beautiful landmark all of Maplewood enjoys today!

Want to learn more about the Bruentrups, early farming in Maplewood, or just more about Maplewood history? Let us know!

Today in History: “Peanuts” Is Published in 1950 (just down the road in St. Paul)!Over the course of five decades, artis...
10/02/2021

Today in History: “Peanuts” Is Published in 1950 (just down the road in St. Paul)!

Over the course of five decades, artist Charles M. Schulz—who grew up just across the way from Maplewood in St. Paul—drew 17,897 “Peanuts” comic strips — good grief!

The debut installment was published 71 years ago today (October 2, 1950) in seven newspapers, including “The Washington Post” and the “Minneapolis Tribune.” In the four-panel cartoon, Charlie Brown waves to two other children, Shermy and Patty. As he strolls past them, Shermy tells Patty, “Good ‘ol Charlie Brown... How I hate him!” Charlie’s beagle Snoopy made his entrance two days later — walking on four legs — and Charlie donned a signature zigzag shirt that December. The full “Peanuts” gang — Schroeder, Lucy, Linus, Pig-Pen, Sally, Peppermint Patty, Woodstock, Marcie, and Franklin — arrived in print over the next 18 years.

Charlie was a holdover from “Li’l Folks,” the comic strip Schulz previously produced for “The St. Paul Pioneer Press.” In 1950, United Feature Syndicate purchased “Li’l Folks” and, to Schulz’s chagrin, renamed it “Peanuts.” Initially, he received $90 in weekly royalties, but by 1989, Schulz was earning $32 million per year from various “Peanuts”-related revenue streams. The series eventually ran in 75 countries’ newspapers, enjoying an audience of 350 million. The comic strip was only the beginning, of course: “Peanuts” has inspired 45 animated television specials, five feature films, countless merchandise sales, and an enduring search for the Great Pumpkin.

What’s your favorite Peanut comic strip, book, or film? Let us know in the comments below!

Today in History: “Peanuts” Is Published in 1950 (just down the road in St. Paul)!

Over the course of five decades, artist Charles M. Schulz—who grew up just across the way from Maplewood in St. Paul—drew 17,897 “Peanuts” comic strips — good grief!

The debut installment was published 71 years ago today (October 2, 1950) in seven newspapers, including “The Washington Post” and the “Minneapolis Tribune.” In the four-panel cartoon, Charlie Brown waves to two other children, Shermy and Patty. As he strolls past them, Shermy tells Patty, “Good ‘ol Charlie Brown... How I hate him!” Charlie’s beagle Snoopy made his entrance two days later — walking on four legs — and Charlie donned a signature zigzag shirt that December. The full “Peanuts” gang — Schroeder, Lucy, Linus, Pig-Pen, Sally, Peppermint Patty, Woodstock, Marcie, and Franklin — arrived in print over the next 18 years.

Charlie was a holdover from “Li’l Folks,” the comic strip Schulz previously produced for “The St. Paul Pioneer Press.” In 1950, United Feature Syndicate purchased “Li’l Folks” and, to Schulz’s chagrin, renamed it “Peanuts.” Initially, he received $90 in weekly royalties, but by 1989, Schulz was earning $32 million per year from various “Peanuts”-related revenue streams. The series eventually ran in 75 countries’ newspapers, enjoying an audience of 350 million. The comic strip was only the beginning, of course: “Peanuts” has inspired 45 animated television specials, five feature films, countless merchandise sales, and an enduring search for the Great Pumpkin.

What’s your favorite Peanut comic strip, book, or film? Let us know in the comments below!

It's HISTORY TRIVIA TUESDAY with the Maplewood Area Historical Society! Test your knowledge of Maplewood's seedy "Public...
09/28/2021
QUIZ: MAPLEWOOD'S "PUBLIC ENEMY ERA"

It's HISTORY TRIVIA TUESDAY with the Maplewood Area Historical Society! Test your knowledge of Maplewood's seedy "Public Enemy Era" with our new quiz and let us know how you did in the comments below!

Questions about the questions? Ideas for future History Trivia Tuesday topics? Drop us a line in the comments!

Play, like, share and enjoy! Good Luck, history folks!

Think you’re smart? Take our quiz and test your knowledge on Maplewood area history!

Whether you make the Bruentrup Heritage Farm your family farm by attending events, through monetary donations, volunteer...
09/27/2021

Whether you make the Bruentrup Heritage Farm your family farm by attending events, through monetary donations, volunteering, or spreading the Maplewood Area Historical Society’s mission of educating-sharing-preserving our local heritage and history through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn’t accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.

Want to help even more? Let us know!

[email protected]

Whether you make the Bruentrup Heritage Farm your family farm by attending events, through monetary donations, volunteering, or spreading the Maplewood Area Historical Society’s mission of educating-sharing-preserving our local heritage and history through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn’t accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.

Want to help even more? Let us know!

[email protected]

Our “Amazing 100” at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm & Maplewood Area Historical Society put in thousands upon thousands of ...
09/23/2021

Our “Amazing 100” at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm & Maplewood Area Historical Society put in thousands upon thousands of volunteer hours every year, providing programming, gardening, maintenance, leadership, and more!

Want to be part of this talented and dedicated community who make the Bruentrup Heritage Farm & Maplewood Area Historical Society one of the best family and historic sites in the region? (Of course you do!)

Reach out and say “Hi!”

And let us say (never enough):
“Thank you volunteers! What you do matters!”

Our “Amazing 100” at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm & Maplewood Area Historical Society put in thousands upon thousands of volunteer hours every year, providing programming, gardening, maintenance, leadership, and more!

Want to be part of this talented and dedicated community who make the Bruentrup Heritage Farm & Maplewood Area Historical Society one of the best family and historic sites in the region? (Of course you do!)

Reach out and say “Hi!”

And let us say (never enough):
“Thank you volunteers! What you do matters!”

Here are more pictures of the first week of summer camp. At this time we wish to recognize Bob Jensen, Mike Ericson, Rac...
08/07/2021

Here are more pictures of the first week of summer camp. At this time we wish to recognize Bob Jensen, Mike Ericson, Rachel Ericson, Haely E. Leiding, and Raydelle Bruentrup, for their hard work in making this happen. Thank you so much for your dedication. Please know that we could not do this without your hard work. And we also wish to thank Patrick Pfundstein for teaching the children how to play townball. Enjoy the pictures and see what fun the children were having.

It was a great week for summer camp. 29 children (in grades 1 - 3) attended the first week. Here are photos of them enjo...
08/06/2021

It was a great week for summer camp. 29 children (in grades 1 - 3) attended the first week. Here are photos of them enjoying themselves at the Bruentrup Heritage Farm.

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! 🫖☀️

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 September 5th & 6th, 11am-2pm. Put it on your calendar - and remember: it's FREE!

Open House today, 7/12, 11-2. Fresh air, sunshine and a world of knowledge awaits you!
06/07/2021

Open House today, 7/12, 11-2. Fresh air, sunshine and a world of knowledge awaits you!

Open House today, 7/12, 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 September 5th & 6th, 11-2? Lots of interactive exhibits and experiences—don’t miss it. ...
06/06/2021

Are you coming to our Open House September 5th & 6th, 11-2? Lots of interactive exhibits and experiences—don’t miss it. It’s FREE!!!

Are you coming to our Open House September 5th & 6th, 11-2? Lots of interactive exhibits and experiences—don’t miss it. It’s FREE!!!

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?!?)

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. 🚗

Address

2170 County Road D E
Maplewood, MN
55109

Opening Hours

Monday 1pm - 3pm

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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Thank you for such a fun experience for the kids during farm to table camp!
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Uncle Fester"s Pens will be in attendance. Stop by and check out our beautiful handmade items.
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?
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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