White Bear Lake Area Historical Society

White Bear Lake Area Historical Society The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society is proud to serve the communities of Birchwood, Dellwood, Mahtomedi, White Bear Lake & White Bear Township since 1970.

Mrs. Jaycees To Operate Gas Station SaturdayJune 28, 1956 - White Bear Press
06/29/2019

Mrs. Jaycees To Operate Gas Station Saturday
June 28, 1956 - White Bear Press

110 lucky winners took home delicious cakes from Grandma's Bakery at the Old Fashioned Cake Walk - a featured part of "A...
06/28/2019

110 lucky winners took home delicious cakes from Grandma's Bakery at the Old Fashioned Cake Walk - a featured part of "A Walk Down Memory Lane" at Marketfest last night! The Calk Walk is a benefit for the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society. We are so thankful to Grandma's Bakery for all they do! They are such an amazing part of our community! Thank you to all who participated - we hope you had fun!

Photos on the way!

Happy 4th of July!
06/28/2019

Happy 4th of July!

Proprietors from the Past - Greengard's - White Bear Life, June 27, 1913No loafing allowed at Greengard's Bakery!  :)Was...
06/28/2019

Proprietors from the Past - Greengard's - White Bear Life, June 27, 1913

No loafing allowed at Greengard's Bakery! :)
Washington Square Bar & Grill is located here today.

06/27/2019

The Cake is here!!!! Grandma's Bakery does it again!

As of the moment, A Walk Down Memory Lane featuring Grandma's Bakery Old Fashioned Cake Walk is still on for tonight at ...
06/27/2019

As of the moment, A Walk Down Memory Lane featuring Grandma's Bakery Old Fashioned Cake Walk is still on for tonight at Marketfest. Any change in plans will be posted here, so please stay tuned!

There's still time!  The contest is open online until 4 pm today!Here is the link to the contest form: https://forms.gle...
06/27/2019

There's still time! The contest is open online until 4 pm today!
Here is the link to the contest form: https://forms.gle/LcmYg35kyDR54XbL7
***Only answers submitted through the form will be considered. Please do not post any answers here. Thank you!

Full rules and info below.

It's back on! How Many Cakes is Grandma's Bakery giving away at the Cake Walk?

Guess the exact number and we'll award you with a ticket to the Cake Walk! Here is the link to the contest form: https://forms.gle/LcmYg35kyDR54XbL7
***Only answers submitted through the form will be considered. Please do not post any answers here.

This contest will close online at 4 pm, Thursday, June 27th or earlier if all certificates have been awarded.

Thank you for playing! Good luck!

***If you entered the contest last week, you're all set for this week!

A Marketfest and Manitou Days event!

For more info about the Cake Walk and A Walk Down Memory Lane, please visit the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/250589815819468/

It's back on!  How Many Cakes is Grandma's Bakery giving away at the Cake Walk?Guess the exact number and we'll award yo...
06/25/2019

It's back on! How Many Cakes is Grandma's Bakery giving away at the Cake Walk?

Guess the exact number and we'll award you with a ticket to the Cake Walk! Here is the link to the contest form: https://forms.gle/LcmYg35kyDR54XbL7
***Only answers submitted through the form will be considered. Please do not post any answers here.

This contest will close online at 4 pm, Thursday, June 27th or earlier if all certificates have been awarded.

Thank you for playing! Good luck!

***If you entered the contest last week, you're all set for this week!

A Marketfest and Manitou Days event!

For more info about the Cake Walk and A Walk Down Memory Lane, please visit the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/250589815819468/

The Good Old SummertimeEating watermelon at Dr. Welch’s cottageca. 1893
06/25/2019

The Good Old Summertime
Eating watermelon at Dr. Welch’s cottage
ca. 1893

Matoska Memories – As seen in the June 19, 2019 White Bear PressCulled from the archives of the White Bear Press at th...
06/25/2019

Matoska Memories – As seen in the June 19, 2019 White Bear Press
Culled from the archives of the White Bear Press at the resource library of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society.

Photo: White Bear School Band at Railroad Park, 1926

1919
We want to compliment the Fourth of July Committee on their act in engaging the White Bear School Band to play here on the 4th. School bands are becoming quite the thing through the country and it was White Bear that took the lead.

1944
Shop at National Tea Co. Food Stores – better values, lower prices. Kidney beans – 10 cents, grape jam, 35 cents, our breakfast coffee, 3 lb. bag – 59 cents…

1969
The open installation of officers and choir, Bethel No. 51, International Order of Job’s Daughters, was held on Friday, June 13, at 8 o’clock at Garnet Lodge Masonic Temple, Ninth and Stewart Sts. Carol Venburg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Venburg, 2267 Birch, was installed as Honored Queen, Suzanna Brownlee as the Senior Princess; Kathleen Larson, Junior Princess; Linda Paar, Guide, and Ann Brownlee, Marshal.

1994
A group of White Bear Lake residents, charged with updating the city’s strategic plan, spent several hours last week re-evaluating the city’s strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities. The goal of the 30-member group is to review the city’s strategic course that was originally charted by another group of citizens three years ago.

Looking Forward to the Past - Upcoming Historical Society Events
A Walk Down Memory Lane Featuring the Old-Fashioned Cake Walk
Thursday, June 20th 6-9p.m. at Marketfest, Downtown White Bear Lake

The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society takes over Fourth Street in downtown White Bear Lake during Marketfest. Activities and booths highlighting programs and events brought to you by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society featuring the OLD-FASHIONED CAKE WALK - Back by popular demand! Lucky winners will take home a delicious cake from Grandma's Bakery!

Compiled by Gloria Tessier and Sara Hanson of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society

Who’s hungry?  The White Bear Lake Lions are having a pancake breakfast benefitting the restoration of the caboose!  I...
06/23/2019

Who’s hungry? The White Bear Lake Lions are having a pancake breakfast benefitting the restoration of the caboose! It’s on now until 1 pm. Come one, come all to this awesome Manitou Days event!

See you tomorrow night at the Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake!
06/23/2019

See you tomorrow night at the Ramsey County Library-White Bear Lake!

Many of you will remember the White Bear Theatre as the Cine Capri.  Today it is home to Sunbear Salon & Medspa at Third...
06/23/2019

Many of you will remember the White Bear Theatre as the Cine Capri. Today it is home to Sunbear Salon & Medspa at Third Street and Banning Avenue.

White Bear Press - June 23, 1939

White Bear Press - June 23, 1939

Hey everyone!  We have heard that the Queen may be making an appearance at the Manitou Days Boat Show today!  She sure d...
06/22/2019
The queen getting much-needed facelift

Hey everyone! We have heard that the Queen may be making an appearance at the Manitou Days Boat Show today! She sure doesn't look like this now!

Call it an epiphany if you want, but whatever it was, the co-owner of the vessel known as the Queen Mary hit upon an idea after stopping at a Wisconsin

06/20/2019

Due to inclement weather, the Cake Walk will be postponed until June 27th.

We are still accepting entries to the Guess the Number of Cakes contest until 4 pm this afternoon.Here is the link to th...
06/20/2019

We are still accepting entries to the Guess the Number of Cakes contest until 4 pm this afternoon.

Here is the link to the contest form: https://forms.gle/LcmYg35kyDR54XbL7
***Only answers submitted through the form will be considered. Please do not post any answers here.

All the other details are found below with the original post.

How Many Cakes is Grandma's Bakery giving away at the Cake Walk?

Guess the exact number and we'll award you with a ticket to the Cake Walk! Here is the link to the contest form: https://forms.gle/LcmYg35kyDR54XbL7

***Only answers submitted through the form will be considered. Please do not post any answers here.

This contest will close online at 4 pm, Thursday, June 20th or earlier if all certificates have been awarded.

Thank you for playing! Good luck!

A Marketfest and Manitou Days event!

For more info about the Cake Walk and A Walk Down Memory Lane, please visit the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/250589815819468/

You won't find us at our usual Marketfest spot tonight.  Just follow our timeline along Memory Lane (4th St) to the Gran...
06/20/2019

You won't find us at our usual Marketfest spot tonight. Just follow our timeline along Memory Lane (4th St) to the Grandma's Bakery CAKE WALK! On the way stop by our special info booth and check out all our latest. See you soon!

How Many Cakes is Grandma's Bakery giving away at the Cake Walk?Guess the exact number and we'll award you with a ticket...
06/19/2019

How Many Cakes is Grandma's Bakery giving away at the Cake Walk?

Guess the exact number and we'll award you with a ticket to the Cake Walk! Here is the link to the contest form: https://forms.gle/LcmYg35kyDR54XbL7

***Only answers submitted through the form will be considered. Please do not post any answers here.

This contest will close online at 4 pm, Thursday, June 20th or earlier if all certificates have been awarded.

Thank you for playing! Good luck!

A Marketfest and Manitou Days event!

For more info about the Cake Walk and A Walk Down Memory Lane, please visit the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/250589815819468/

06/19/2019
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society

Now doesn't that just "take the cake"! A replay of last year's amazing cake from Grandma's Bakery delivery to the official Cake Walk site!

Here comes the cake!

Ten years ago in White Bear Area history - June 19, 2009...Sara Hanson, Executive Director of the White Bear Lake Area H...
06/19/2019

Ten years ago in White Bear Area history - June 19, 2009...
Sara Hanson, Executive Director of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society and Grand Marshall of the 2009 Manitou Days Parade.

Five years of Cake Walk Cakes from Grandma's Bakery and over 100 people sized cakes awarded each year!  What’s in stor...
06/19/2019

Five years of Cake Walk Cakes from Grandma's Bakery and over 100 people sized cakes awarded each year! What’s in store for us this year? Join us at Marketfest Thursday night (4th & Banning) to find out!

Houses are still needed for the 2019 tour!If you live in Birchwood, Dellwood, Mahtomedi, White Bear Lake or White Bear T...
06/18/2019

Houses are still needed for the 2019 tour!

If you live in Birchwood, Dellwood, Mahtomedi, White Bear Lake or White Bear Township and are interested in sharing your home, we'd love to hear from you soon! [email protected]
651-407-5327

Houses are selected for a number of reasons including but not limited to architectural style, history of the property, and previous owners of historical significance.

We strive to offer a variety of homes on each tour that represent the span of architectural and local history throughout the decades. For example we may have an 1880s lakeside cottage with Bavarian influences on the same tour with a 1980s multi-family condominium building both of which tell part of the story of our built environment.

Please note: Homes actively listed for sale will not be considered for the tour.

Visit our album of all properties that have been on our past tours 2007-2018. https://www.facebook.com/pg/whitebearhistory/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10153091159498378

Matoska Memories – As seen in the June 12, 2019 White Bear PressCulled from the archives of the White Bear Press at th...
06/18/2019

Matoska Memories – As seen in the June 12, 2019 White Bear Press
Culled from the archives of the White Bear Press at the resource library of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society.

Photo: Road Crew near Birch Lake Avenue, ca 1920

1919
June 17 has been designated in a proclamation by Gov. Burnquist as Good Roads day in Minnesota. Under the law framed in the interest of highway improvement, the people of the state on that day are requested to contribute labor, material and money for the improvement of roads in their respective communities.

1944
After sporting an enemy position in advance of American lines, a patrol of nine men led by a White Bear Lake man wiped out a German machine gun nest without causalty to themselves, Private Edward P. Leick, Route 10k, lead the patrol. Private Leick’s brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Tessier, live at the same White Bear Lake address…There was some excitement on Wednesday when a report came to town that the body of a man was laying in a swamp near Bald Eagle Lake. Art Long and Dr. T. S. McClanahan rushed to the scene only to find the “dead man” was a hog….

1969
Sophomore Ray Oczak garnered a tie for 12th place in the Minnesota High School Golf Tourney out of the 100 or so golfers who had qualified. Ray shot a very commendable 157 on rounds 77-80.

1994
Barb LeClaire, White Bear School District’s 1994 Teacher of the Year, has $128 more in her class budget thanks to local businessman Scott Mueller of Mueller Lake Mortuary. Mueller pledged one dollar for every mailed response Lake Mortuary received from an April 20 White Bear Press/Vadnais Heights ad congratulating LeClaire.
White Bear Lake’s water level is up this year, which is good news not only for dock owners, but for residents with sprinkler systems capable of pumping from the lake. The White Bear Lake Conservation District announced at its May meeting that the lake is officially high enough to allow water to be pumped out. Since 1990, district ordinance has prohibited drawing water from the lake when the level drops below 923.5 feet.
Looking Forward to the Past - Upcoming Historical Society Events
A Walk Down Memory Lane Featuring the Old-Fashioned Cake Walk
Thursday, June 20th 6-9p.m. at Marketfest, Downtown White Bear Lake

The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society takes over Fourth Street in downtown White Bear Lake during Marketfest. Activities and booths highlighting programs and events brought to you by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society featuring the OLD-FASHIONED CAKE WALK - Back by popular demand! Lucky winners will take home a delicious cake from Grandma's Bakery!

Compiled by Gloria Tessier and Sara Hanson of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society

Next week at Marketfest - join us for "A Walk Down Memory Lane" featuring Grandma's Bakery OLD-FASHIONED CAKE WALK.  Luc...
06/14/2019

Next week at Marketfest - join us for "A Walk Down Memory Lane" featuring Grandma's Bakery OLD-FASHIONED CAKE WALK. Lucky winners will take home a delicious cake! Find the fun at 4th and Banning. Next Thursday, June 20, 6-9pm.

What a great night to be at Marketfest!
06/14/2019

What a great night to be at Marketfest!

Already hopping!  What a beautiful night!   Doesn’t get much better than this!
06/13/2019

Already hopping! What a beautiful night! Doesn’t get much better than this!

We’re ready!
06/13/2019

We’re ready!

WOW!  Not only is it the first day of Manitou Days but it's the first night of Marketfest!  We'll see you soon!  You kno...
06/13/2019

WOW! Not only is it the first day of Manitou Days but it's the first night of Marketfest! We'll see you soon! You know where to find us!

06/13/2019
Grandma's Bakery

Grandma's Bakery

Come out Friday night to the Manitou Days Parade Downtown White Bear Lake! In honor of Flag Day we are giving out 8,000 Flags right before the parade and also our Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies during the parade. Watch the video for more details!

Man on the Street - June 12, 1946 - White Bear Press.
06/13/2019

Man on the Street - June 12, 1946 - White Bear Press.

What's on your calendar this summer?
06/12/2019

What's on your calendar this summer?

Matoska Memories – As seen in the June 5, 2019 White Bear PressCulled from the archives of the White Bear Press at the...
06/12/2019

Matoska Memories – As seen in the June 5, 2019 White Bear Press
Culled from the archives of the White Bear Press at the resource library of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society.

Photo: St Pius Church, White Bear Lake, 2004

1919
The Ramsey County 8th Grade Commencement was held Saturday, May 31, at University Farm Auditorium at 10:00 o’clock. There was a large attendance and much enthusiasm was shown.

1944
Mrs. Cecila LeMire and Mrs. Florence LeMire, Twelfth Street and Morehead Avenue, have as their guests, the latter’s mother, sister and brother-in-law. Mrs. Mabel Jones and Miss Bessie Jones of Pasco, Wash. Chief Petty Officer L. G. Gaartz and Mrs. Gaartz (Eleanor Jones) and their daughters Joan and Patricia of Calzie, Maine….

1969
A parish picnic for members of St. Pius X Church will be held Saturday, June 7 at Thompson Park in St. Paul. The Women’s Club of the parish sponsoring the event is planning a day of fun for all the family.

1994
White Bear Lake’s water level is up this year, which is good news not only for dock owners, but for residents with sprinkler systems capable of pumping from the lake. The White Bear Lake Conservation District announced at its May meeting that the lake is officially high enough to allow water to be pumped out. Since 1990, district ordinance has prohibited drawing water from the lake when the level drops below 923.5 feet. The only exception to the law is for firefighting purposes. As of June 2, the lake sat at 923.79 feet…

Looking Forward to the Past - Upcoming Historical Society Events
A Walk Down Memory Lane Featuring the Old-Fashioned Cake Walk
Thursday, June 20th 6-9p.m. at Marketfest, Downtown White Bear Lake

The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society takes over Fourth Street in downtown White Bear Lake during Marketfest. Activities and booths highlighting programs and events brought to you by the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society featuring the OLD-FASHIONED CAKE WALK - Back by popular demand! Lucky winners will take home a delicious cake from Grandma's Bakery!

Compiled by Gloria Tessier and Sara Hanson of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society

Coming soon ... to a library near you!  :)
06/10/2019

Coming soon ... to a library near you! :)

Bald Eagle Plans for July FourthWhite Bear Press - June 8, 1951
06/08/2019

Bald Eagle Plans for July Fourth
White Bear Press - June 8, 1951

Congratulations to Mahtomedi High School and White Bear Lake Area High School classes of 2019! We're proud of you!!White...
06/08/2019

Congratulations to Mahtomedi High School and White Bear Lake Area High School classes of 2019! We're proud of you!!

White Bear Press - May 29, 1930

With today being the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion we wanted to bring you a little about how it impacted White ...
06/06/2019

With today being the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion we wanted to bring you a little about how it impacted White Bear. WWII heavily influenced the content of the White Bear Press then. During all of WWII, the front page would contain news of those who were in the service and their status. While ads and other stories also reflected the times then. It was hard to pick just one or even a few stories to represent this time.

Therefore, we highly recommend the book by Peter Reis, "The Home Front: A Small Town During World War II". It describes year by year the huge changes that took place in White Bear Lake. While many people have heard (or have vague memories) that some items were rationed or that there were shortages, they were unaware how prevalent these were.

Several copies are available at the White Bear Lake Library. We also have it available in our Resource Library at the WBL Armory. And for those who might want their own copy, we also have those available. Here’s a link to our online store: https://squareup.com/store/whitebearhistory/item/the-home-front-a-small-town-during-world-war-ii

Address

2228 4th St
White Bear Lake, MN
55110

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 13:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 13:00
Thursday 10:00 - 13:00

Telephone

(651) 407-5327

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when White Bear Lake Area Historical Society posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to White Bear Lake Area Historical Society:

Videos

Category

Nearby museums


Other Museums in White Bear Lake

Show All