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stored or displayed at the Commerce Blvd.
building, the WHS enlisted the help of several members of the Sons of the
American Legion last month to move the belongings into storage at Mound Metro
Storage at a considerable savings over the previous monthly rent and utilities.
We'll miss the visibility of a storefront location,
but we really want to concentrate on finding a permanent home," said board
member Debi Heitz.
With the search for a home for the museum underway,
the WHS will continue to provide historical displays at both the Gillespie
Center and the Westonka Library. Everything that is in storage is arranged
so that items can be retrieved for the ongoing displays, which change regularly,
at the Gillespie Center and at the Westonka Public Library.
The WHS will also continue to sponsor programs
in the community, which are often co-sponsored by the Gillespie Center or
the Westonka Library. Past program topics have included the tornado of May
1965, a celebration of the history of Island Park, Spring Park Glory Days,
Tonka Toys and others. On tap for this winter are programs featuring Kate
Roberts, author of MN 150, (March 7, 2009) and Minnetrista Memories by Mildred
Banks (date to be determined). The group also plans to take part in next summer's
Spirit of the Lakes festival again, with displays at the Depot and historical
boat tours. Watch the Community Calendar in your Laker/Pioneer newspaper
for dates and times.
Meanwhile, the WHS will continue to accept
donations for its collection. Lloyd Laumann's donation of Tonka Toy products
and company history continues to grow each year. The acquisition of Frank
Bivins' lifetime collection of Andrews Sisters' recordings and posters and
other historical memorabilia is a real treasure. Donations have also bolstered
the collections of school yearbooks, family histories and business products.
"We have an amazing collection which needs to be shared," said Myers. "We
picture visitors coming to town specifically to visit a museum in the center
of town which honors the home of Tonka Toys, a summer home of the Andrews
Sisters and a wealth of local historical items."
Ongoing projects include updating the WHS website;
participating in the Minnesota Digital Library, which will make part of the
WHS's collections of postcards and maps, water color drawings and photographs
accessible on-line for research; nd creating a computer database which will
detail the contents of the WHS's collections of artifacts, tapes and other
items of historical interest.
The WHS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
which raises funds through donations, annual memberships and the sale of its
books and puzzles, which can be found locally at Jubilee Foods, Mound True
Value, Rockvam Boat Yards, Dock and Life, Gallery Navarre and Lakeshore Interiors.
In Excelsior, you can visit Excelsior Bay Books, Bay Tree and Leipolds, or
Five Swans in Wayzata. Every member of the WHS board is a volunteer, none
of whom receives monetary compensation for his or her efforts.
How can you help? Become a member of WHS. Annual
memberships cost $20 for individual, $25 for family, $15 for senior or student,
$50 for an annual contributing membership and $125 for an annual patron membership.
Check with your employer - some will offer a matching contribution. In addition
to supporting the work of the WHS, a membership entitles you to the WHS newsletter,
published 4 times a year.
Do you have some items to donate to the WHS?
The collections committee would like to see them. Do you have some great stories
to tell of days gone by? WHS would love to hear them. Leave a message at
952-472-9800 and a volunteer will get in touch with you.
A fund has been established with donations
earmarked for a future museum. Can you make a tax-deductible donation? Or
do you have any connections regarding a possible site for a museum? Please
contact WHS at PO Box 84, Mound, MN 55364 or leave a message at 952-472-9800
if you have information or a question.
"Preserving local history for future generations
is the entire community's responsibility," said Myers. "And the WHS can use
Written by Lorrie Ham
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This truck and three pick-ups were used to move the WHS!