Men who helped us move
Men from the Sons of the American
Legion that helped WHS move!
Thanks Men!

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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 your help."

Written by Lorrie Ham

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Driver that moved With his truck
This truck and three pick-ups were used to move the WHS!