Westonka Historical Society

Westonka Historical Society

5341 Maywood Road

Mound, MN 55364

Phone: (952) 472-9800

Upcoming Events

History Talk

“Secrets of the

Congdon Mansion”

by Joe Kimball

WHS hosts a presentation with author Joe Kimball, giving an inside look at Minnesota's most infamous murders. Elisabeth Congdon, an 83-year-old heiress, and her nurse, Velma Pietila, were brutally murdered in the 39-room Congdon mansion on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth.

Joe Kimball reported on the Congdon family murders when they first happened in 1977.  

Saturday, April 14, 2018

11 am-Noon

Lake Minnetonka Shores

4515 Shoreline Dr. Spring Park, MN.

Use entrance marked 4515, then immediately

turn right, into the Chapel.

What’s New?

Collections Committee Update

Using grant funding from the Minnesota Historical Society, the committee has been working under the guidance of Larry Hutchings of Museology to update the WHS Collections Policy to “state of the art” mu-seum quality.

The board has accepted the revised policy and re-ceived training in implementation.

A new donation form, titled Temporary Custody Re-ceipt, has been adopted and immediately applied.

Committee training is scheduled for the multi-step process to accept collection donations.

The next application for grant funding will be re-quested to create a formal inventory of each object.

New Display at the Museum:

Lake Minnetonka Native American Burial Mound Sites

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The WHS museum now has an interactive Lake Minnetonka Native American Burial Mound Sites display. More than 50 documented burial mound sites are shown. Information for each site is displayed when clicking on its map pin.

The First People who lived here honored their dead by burying them in the best locations they could find: high, dry spots that often offered beautiful views of lakes and rivers.

On Lake Minnetonka, 524 mounds were mapped at 48 sites in the 1880s.  Today, about 40 mounds remain at 12 sites near the lake.

Museum Hours

We are open for the public every

Saturday from 10 am - 2 pm

or by appointment.

We have an admission of  

$3 donation per visitor

to see the museum during

our open hours.

Scheduled tours by appointment

$5 per visitor.

Museum Address:

Centennial Building

​5341 Maywood Road

Mound, MN  55364

Click here to view a map and get directions.

North side of Centennial Building

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Parking is on south side of Centennial Building

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Visitor count for 2018:

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