Annual Meeting Set for March 26: Order Your Tickets Now

gates mansion aerial Gates Alb drawin rm3Annual Meeting and Dinner
Saturday, March 26th

6PM – 8PM

Gramercy Park
6711 Lake Shore Drive
Richfield, MN 55423

Our annual meeting and dinner is just around the corner. Enjoy a catered meal with other friends of the Richfield Historical Society. Social hour will start at 6PM with dinner to begin around 6:30. You may choose between roast beef, pasta, or chicken dinner with meals being prepared by the kitchens of Richfield’s VFW post.

Following dinner, board member and historian, Bob Glancy, will present a talk on the historic Gates Mansion along the shores of Lake of the Isles. It was the biggest house ever built in Minneapolis, about 38,000 sq. ft! In fact, some of the rooms would have held a 2BR Richfield rambler. Meeting attendees will get a visual tour through and around the mansion. You will meet Charles Gates, son of Bet-a-Million Gates, one of the biggest tycoons at the turn of the 20th century. Don’t miss it!

To give you additional context in advance of Mr. Glancy’s talk, take a look at this StarTribune article.

Tickets are $25/person and are payable at the door by check, cash or credit card. And while you don’t have to pay until you arrive on Saturday night, we have to know you’re coming by Wednesday, March 23 so we can have your meal prepared.

Just call (612-798-6140) and let us know you’re coming and which meal option you prefer. You may leave a message with your choices, or if you prefer to talk to a real human being, call between noon and 4PM on Wednesdays or Saturdays.

Better yet, use our online registration form and take care of it right now!


** Board Members for Re-election
Several board members have completed their two-year terms but have put forward their names for re-election this year. They are:
Bill Walker
David Larson
Todd Chase
John Lindley
Bob Glancy

** New Board Members
The following new members are recommended for election to two-year (2016-2018) terms:
Laura Briggs
Ariel Keeton

** Continuing Board Members
Lastly, several board members will be continuing to serve the second year of their two-year terms:
David Melcher
John Bjostad
Marlene Evenson
Ruthann Clay
Matt Esler
David Butler
John Wickett

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Wood Lake School Reminiscences

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Come participate with Richfield Historical Society board member, Jon Wickett, as he reviews the many forms that Richfield’s Wood Lake School has taken through the years. From tiny one-room school house to overflowing elementary building, Wood Lake School was centrally located in Richfield. Find out who was behind its first construction and what led to its razing many years later.

It you attended Wood Lake School, we’d love to have you join the conversation and to share your own memories. Bring photos!

Saturday, February 20, 2016
1:00 PM
Richfield History Center
6901 Lyndale Ave S
Richfield, MN

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Downtown Richfield?

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Downtown Richfield Presentation

Saturday, January 16th
1PM – 2PM at the History Center

Come hear historian, Bob Glancy, reprise his exploration of the ever-shifting borders of Richfield. His talk will feature many historic photos and maps of the region. Beginning at 1:00 PM, the presentation will last between 30 and 40 minutes. Questions welcome!

Bob will augment his presentation with a walking tour of Richfield’s key thoroughfares on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 1PM. Mark your calendars now for this springtime follow-up.

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Newsletter Published

Our fall-winter newsletter was just published. Why not download a copy now!

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