The Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society (ELMHS) is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and educating people about the history of the city of Excelsior, Minnesota.


ELMHS has online collections at Minnesota Reflections, the University of Minnesota Libraries, and at their own website. Onsite collections include family files, house files, personal diaries, and other historical documents.

 Online Collections

Property Resources:
University of Minnesota John R. Borchert Map Collection
Minnesota Historical Society Minnesota Maps
Woodman’s Minnetonka Map Directory, 1908
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (images 20-36)
University of Minnesota – Minnesota Historical Aerial Photographs
Bureau of Land Management General Land Office Records
Hennepin County Property Information Search
Excelsior Heritage Preservation Commission

Historical Newspapers:
Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub
Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers

South Lake Minnetonka Image Resources:
Minnesota Digital Library: Minnesota Reflections
Minnesota Historical Society Collections Online

Biographical Information:
Minnesota People Records Search
Minnesota Official Marriage System (MOMS)
Excelsior Congregational Church Baptisms (1855-1882)
Excelsior Congregational Church Marriages (1855-1869)
Excelsior Congregational Church Deaths (1855-1883)
Excelsior Congregational Church Original Members (1853-1857)
Excelsior Birth Index (1870-1930)
Family Search

Local Cemetery Information:
Oak Hill Cemetery Burials (Excelsior)
Oak Hill Cemetery Map (Excelsior)
Oak Hill Cemetery Tour (Excelsior)
Find A Grave Oak Hill Cemetery Records (Excelsior)
Find A Grave Resurrection Cemetery Records (Shorewood)
Find A Grave Woodside Cemetery Records (Shorewood)
Lakewood Cemetery Burial Search (Minneapolis)

Area History Resources
Lake Minnetonka Historical Organizations


Onsite Collections

Historic Photographs
Microfilmed Historic Newspapers
Books about Local History
Local History Subject Files
Biographical Files

Phone Directories
Microfilmed Church Records
Birth Records
Death Records
Cemetery Records
Property Tax Records
Property Files
Excelsior Public School Information


Annual membership benefits include:

  • Members-only special events
  • Discounts on certain events & merchandise
  • Newsletters, Society mailings and invitations
  • Voting privileges

Membership Levels:

  • $500 – Platinum
  • $250 – Gold
  • $100 – Silver
  • $50 – Bronze
  • $45 – Household
  • $25 – Individual
  • $15 – Senior/Student

Hours of Operation

Wednesdays: 10 am – 1 pm
Saturdays: 2nd Saturday of each month 10 am – 1 pm
Museum Hours: May – September, T & S, hours TBA


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