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.
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June 30, 1905(The Minneapolis Journal)
06/30/2021

June 30, 1905
(The Minneapolis Journal)

June 30, 1905
(The Minneapolis Journal)

June - White Bear baseball team in action 1908
06/28/2021

June - White Bear baseball team in action 1908

June - White Bear baseball team in action 1908

Join us Monday, June 28th - Free online Program! White Bear Lake Area Historical Society Presents:The Story of the Geist...
06/27/2021

Join us Monday, June 28th - Free online Program!
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society Presents:

The Story of the Geist Gazebo
The Geist Gazebo was built as a wedding gift by Thomas Erd for his daughter Anna in 1883 on the south shore of White Bear Lake. A century later it had been moved to Matoska Park and has become a much-loved community landmark. Join us as we share the story of this iconic structure’s past and what is happening to ensure its future.

This is an online class offered remotely using Zoom communication software. Register online here: https://rclreads.bibliocommons.com/events/60620f21b635ed4500a39ef8
or by calling 651-724-6001 (press #2). You must provide a valid email address to participate.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund for this event.

Join us Monday, June 28th - Free online Program!
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society Presents:

The Story of the Geist Gazebo
The Geist Gazebo was built as a wedding gift by Thomas Erd for his daughter Anna in 1883 on the south shore of White Bear Lake. A century later it had been moved to Matoska Park and has become a much-loved community landmark. Join us as we share the story of this iconic structure’s past and what is happening to ensure its future.

This is an online class offered remotely using Zoom communication software. Register online here: https://rclreads.bibliocommons.com/events/60620f21b635ed4500a39ef8
or by calling 651-724-6001 (press #2). You must provide a valid email address to participate.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund for this event.

"Considerable property was destroyed, especially at White Bear Lake..."June 26, 1908 (Little Falls Herald)
06/26/2021

"Considerable property was destroyed, especially at White Bear Lake..."

June 26, 1908 (Little Falls Herald)

"Considerable property was destroyed, especially at White Bear Lake..."

June 26, 1908 (Little Falls Herald)

06/25/2021

"The Getty Building: Then and Now"

The Getty building is one of the most iconic buildings in downtown White Bear Lake and is the legacy of Daniel Getty one of the city’s early founders. Arguably, The Getty Building is one of the most historic buildings in our area and you never knew about it. Find out about the past and its future with the current renovations.

Tickets are going FAST! Reserve your spot now!Join us for our first Historical Boat Tour of the summer on White Bear Lak...
06/25/2021

Tickets are going FAST! Reserve your spot now!

Join us for our first Historical Boat Tour of the summer on White Bear Lake! Tuesday June 29th from 6:30-9:00.

Get Tickets at: https://whitebearhistory.square.site/events

Tickets are going FAST! Reserve your spot now!

Join us for our first Historical Boat Tour of the summer on White Bear Lake! Tuesday June 29th from 6:30-9:00.

Get Tickets at: https://whitebearhistory.square.site/events

Bingo!  American Legion ClubroomsJune, 1948
06/24/2021

Bingo! American Legion Clubrooms
June, 1948

Bingo! American Legion Clubrooms
June, 1948

Join us Monday, June 28th - Free online Program! White Bear Lake Area Historical Society Presents:The Story of the Geist...
06/21/2021

Join us Monday, June 28th - Free online Program!
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society Presents:

The Story of the Geist Gazebo
The Geist Gazebo was built as a wedding gift by Thomas Erd for his daughter Anna in 1883 on the south shore of White Bear Lake. A century later it had been moved to Matoska Park and has become a much-loved community landmark. Join us as we share the story of this iconic structure’s past and what is happening to ensure its future.

This is an online class offered remotely using Zoom communication software. Register online here: https://rclreads.bibliocommons.com/events/60620f21b635ed4500a39ef8
or by calling 651-724-6001 (press #2). You must provide a valid email address to participate.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund for this event.

Join us Monday, June 28th - Free online Program!
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society Presents:

The Story of the Geist Gazebo
The Geist Gazebo was built as a wedding gift by Thomas Erd for his daughter Anna in 1883 on the south shore of White Bear Lake. A century later it had been moved to Matoska Park and has become a much-loved community landmark. Join us as we share the story of this iconic structure’s past and what is happening to ensure its future.

This is an online class offered remotely using Zoom communication software. Register online here: https://rclreads.bibliocommons.com/events/60620f21b635ed4500a39ef8
or by calling 651-724-6001 (press #2). You must provide a valid email address to participate.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund for this event.

From our postcard collection: East Shore Park - June 20, 1910
06/20/2021

From our postcard collection: East Shore Park - June 20, 1910

From our postcard collection: East Shore Park - June 20, 1910

"Give your teenager a separate telephone line!" June - 1960 (WB Press)
06/19/2021

"Give your teenager a separate telephone line!"
June - 1960 (WB Press)

"Give your teenager a separate telephone line!"
June - 1960 (WB Press)

"Fresh Caught Fish From White Bear Every Morning"! June 18, 1902 (The Saint Paul Globe)
06/18/2021

"Fresh Caught Fish From White Bear Every Morning"!
June 18, 1902 (The Saint Paul Globe)

"Fresh Caught Fish From White Bear Every Morning"!
June 18, 1902 (The Saint Paul Globe)

June 16, 1931(Photo MHS, Star Tribune)
06/16/2021

June 16, 1931
(Photo MHS, Star Tribune)

June 16, 1931
(Photo MHS, Star Tribune)

June 15, 1927(The Minneapolis Star)
06/15/2021

June 15, 1927
(The Minneapolis Star)

June 15, 1927
(The Minneapolis Star)

Great post from Minnesota Digital Library! On the steps of the White Bear Lake Armory - "A group of Brownie Girl Scouts ...
06/14/2021

Great post from Minnesota Digital Library!

On the steps of the White Bear Lake Armory - "A group of Brownie Girl Scouts proudly displayed the U.S. flag in White Bear Lake in 1925."

(Photo credit - Girl Scouts River Valleys)

#OTD in 1777, the Continental Congress approved the design of our national flag—with red-and-white stripes and a blue field with white stars. Since then, many people have celebrated June 14 as Flag Day.

Many photos and documents in MDL contain the American flag. This photo is one of our favorites: a group of Brownie Girl Scouts proudly displayed the U.S. flag in White Bear Lake in 1925. Do you recognize anyone?

Thanks to the Girl Scouts River Valleys for the photo: https://collection.mndigital.org/catalog/p16022coll32:64

June 13, 1957 "Ralph Miller of Birch Lake shakes hands with the operator of the White Bear Township grader as work nears...
06/13/2021

June 13, 1957

"Ralph Miller of Birch Lake shakes hands with the operator of the White Bear Township grader as work nears completion in the preparation of Hedman Field for Babe Ruth baseball. The field, located off Highway 96 west was donated by Mr. Dan Hedman and is now being used for league games."
(WB PRESS)

June 13, 1957

"Ralph Miller of Birch Lake shakes hands with the operator of the White Bear Township grader as work nears completion in the preparation of Hedman Field for Babe Ruth baseball. The field, located off Highway 96 west was donated by Mr. Dan Hedman and is now being used for league games."
(WB PRESS)

Aerial view of White Bear Lake High School buildings ca 1965 showing the former site of the Ramsey County Fairgrounds be...
06/11/2021

Aerial view of White Bear Lake High School buildings ca 1965 showing the former site of the Ramsey County Fairgrounds between campuses.

Aerial view of White Bear Lake High School buildings ca 1965 showing the former site of the Ramsey County Fairgrounds between campuses.

"White Bear is Again Visited by a Blaze" - June 10, 1900(St. Paul Globe)
06/10/2021

"White Bear is Again Visited by a Blaze" - June 10, 1900
(St. Paul Globe)

"White Bear is Again Visited by a Blaze" - June 10, 1900
(St. Paul Globe)

June 8th, 1983 - "Mariner graduates last class".(WB PRESS)
06/08/2021

June 8th, 1983 - "Mariner graduates last class".
(WB PRESS)

June 8th, 1983 - "Mariner graduates last class".
(WB PRESS)

Join us Monday, June 28th - Free online Program! White Bear Lake Area Historical Society Presents:The Story of the Geist...
06/07/2021

Join us Monday, June 28th - Free online Program!
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society Presents:

The Story of the Geist Gazebo
The Geist Gazebo was built as a wedding gift by Thomas Erd for his daughter Anna in 1883 on the south shore of White Bear Lake. A century later it had been moved to Matoska Park and has become a much-loved community landmark. Join us as we share the story of this iconic structure’s past and what is happening to ensure its future.

This is an online class offered remotely using Zoom communication software. Register online here: https://rclreads.bibliocommons.com/events/60620f21b635ed4500a39ef8
or by calling 651-724-6001 (press #2). You must provide a valid email address to participate.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund for this event.

Join us Monday, June 28th - Free online Program!
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society Presents:

The Story of the Geist Gazebo
The Geist Gazebo was built as a wedding gift by Thomas Erd for his daughter Anna in 1883 on the south shore of White Bear Lake. A century later it had been moved to Matoska Park and has become a much-loved community landmark. Join us as we share the story of this iconic structure’s past and what is happening to ensure its future.

This is an online class offered remotely using Zoom communication software. Register online here: https://rclreads.bibliocommons.com/events/60620f21b635ed4500a39ef8
or by calling 651-724-6001 (press #2). You must provide a valid email address to participate.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund for this event.

June 5, 1926      "White Bear Gator Found to be Fish"!(The Minneapolis Star)
06/05/2021

June 5, 1926 "White Bear Gator Found to be Fish"!

(The Minneapolis Star)

June 5, 1926 "White Bear Gator Found to be Fish"!

(The Minneapolis Star)

June 4, 1926(The Minneapolis Star)
06/04/2021

June 4, 1926
(The Minneapolis Star)

June 4, 1926
(The Minneapolis Star)

June - 1885  "The Great Summer Water Route To the Summer Resorts of the Golden - North-West".(As seen in "The Macon Repu...
06/03/2021

June - 1885 "The Great Summer Water Route To the Summer Resorts of the Golden - North-West".

(As seen in "The Macon Republican" in Macon, Missouri)

June - 1885 "The Great Summer Water Route To the Summer Resorts of the Golden - North-West".

(As seen in "The Macon Republican" in Macon, Missouri)

White Bear Lake Memorial Day Parade ca. 1951
05/31/2021

White Bear Lake Memorial Day Parade ca. 1951

White Bear Lake Memorial Day Parade ca. 1951

05/28/2021

Getting ready for summer? Check out part 1 of our virtual boat tour of White Bear Lake!

Part 1 starts in Commercial Bay and takes you into Wildwood Amusement Park.

"Hooligan's Slide" New Amusement at Wildwood.May 27, 1905 (The Minneapolis Journal)
05/27/2021

"Hooligan's Slide" New Amusement at Wildwood.

May 27, 1905 (The Minneapolis Journal)

"Hooligan's Slide" New Amusement at Wildwood.

May 27, 1905 (The Minneapolis Journal)

May 25, 1934, the White Bear Lake area Jaycees organized. (Pictured is a 1958 Jaycees carwash)
05/26/2021

May 25, 1934, the White Bear Lake area Jaycees organized.
(Pictured is a 1958 Jaycees carwash)

May 25, 1934, the White Bear Lake area Jaycees organized.
(Pictured is a 1958 Jaycees carwash)

May 24, 1917, Webster School receives a new bell. Located along 5th St between Stewart & Cook, it was built in 1888, a m...
05/24/2021

May 24, 1917, Webster School receives a new bell.

Located along 5th St between Stewart & Cook, it was built in 1888, a modern facility for 200 students that included heat, ventilation, water & sanitary facilities. It was the first school to fly the American flag from its peak. It was demolished in 1961.

May 24, 1917, Webster School receives a new bell.

Located along 5th St between Stewart & Cook, it was built in 1888, a modern facility for 200 students that included heat, ventilation, water & sanitary facilities. It was the first school to fly the American flag from its peak. It was demolished in 1961.

REMINDER TOMORROW NIGHT!  Free online Program! White Bear Lake Area Historical Society Presents:What’s in a Name? Part I...
05/23/2021

REMINDER TOMORROW NIGHT! Free online Program!
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society Presents:
What’s in a Name? Part I
Monday, May 24 at 6 to 7 pm
Join us for Part I of a series where we explore many of the streets and parks around White Bear Lake and investigate how they got their names through the years. From Murray to Banning and West to Matoska, what’s in a name?
This is an online class offered remotely using Zoom communication software. Register online: https://rclreads.bibliocommons.com/events/60620c812adba82f006ff785
or by calling 651-724-6001 (press #2). You must provide a valid email address to participate.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund for this event.

REMINDER TOMORROW NIGHT! Free online Program!
White Bear Lake Area Historical Society Presents:
What’s in a Name? Part I
Monday, May 24 at 6 to 7 pm
Join us for Part I of a series where we explore many of the streets and parks around White Bear Lake and investigate how they got their names through the years. From Murray to Banning and West to Matoska, what’s in a name?
This is an online class offered remotely using Zoom communication software. Register online: https://rclreads.bibliocommons.com/events/60620c812adba82f006ff785
or by calling 651-724-6001 (press #2). You must provide a valid email address to participate.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund for this event.

May 23, 1957"White Bear Lake will no doubt play more than one role in the celebration of Minnesota's Centennial next yea...
05/23/2021

May 23, 1957

"White Bear Lake will no doubt play more than one role in the celebration of Minnesota's Centennial next year. The area is already represented in the planning stages by virtue of the fact that Mrs. Earl Preston of White Bear Lake and Aaron Litman, publisher of the White Bear Press, are members of the Centennial Commission appointed by the governor and are playing an important part in shaping the direction of the plans for Minnesota's 100th anniversary of statehood."
(WB Press)

May 23, 1957

"White Bear Lake will no doubt play more than one role in the celebration of Minnesota's Centennial next year. The area is already represented in the planning stages by virtue of the fact that Mrs. Earl Preston of White Bear Lake and Aaron Litman, publisher of the White Bear Press, are members of the Centennial Commission appointed by the governor and are playing an important part in shaping the direction of the plans for Minnesota's 100th anniversary of statehood."
(WB Press)

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2228 4th St
White Bear Lake, MN
55110

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Does anyone know when the White Bear Cinema, formerly the Avalon, closed? I was the Manager/Projectionist who ran the last movie there.
Are there any pictures of the Downtown WBL at Christmas time from the 60s or 70s?
The Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth has been doing a series of video tours of their collection during the COVID lockdowns, and the latest one features the restoration work they have been doing on the Northern Pacific lounge car “Rainier Club”. This was the car that was parked behind Mattlin’s Appliances back in the 1970s and 80s, along with the Northern Pacific caboose that is now displayed at the depot. Mattlin sold the car to the museum in 1983.
Tonight presentation by the White Bear Historical Society (WBHS) on Cass Gilbert, the St. Paul architect was wonderful. It was a very thorough study on Cass Gilbert's career and all the building he was responsible for creating. I am always so amazed at the caliber of the WBHS. We are so very fortunate to have such a well run organization documenting the history of White Bear Lake. Thanks to Sara Hanson and all the wonderful people who contribute so much to the WBHS.
Loved the presentation last night! Thanks to all!
Waiting for the street car
Wildwood Amusement Park.
Corner of Hillside Road and Bellaire Avenue 1968 looking west... down Hillside
Since Grandma’sBakery has been such a great backer of WHLAHS I thought I’d share this https://www.facebook.com/107177629347295/posts/2905893946142302/?vh=e
Please share this flyer with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Check out buildings, window wells, and garages where this dog may be hiding or stuck. Help us bring him home to his family who misses him.
I have a couple pictures connected to the old Wildwood Amusement park. I would like to share.
Missing in your area please share