Dutch Oven Cooking Class

Want to learn how the pioneers cooked their meals on the trail?
Come to the Dutch Oven Cooking Class on June 19th starting at 9:00 AM.
Come and observe for free. Enroll in the class: $45, call Steve Kelly at 952-475-0733 to sign up.
Sponsored by the Old West Society of Minnesota

Setting up the wagon

Cooking over the fire

Back of the chuckwagon

2009 Annual Meeting

The WHCPA annual meeting was held on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at the Calvin Presbyterian Church in Long Lake, MN.  Bob Gasch made a presentation on 1950’s.
Calvin Presbyterian Church

Calvin Presbyterian Church

 

President Steve Kelly addressing the meeting

President Steve Kelly addressing the meeting

Bob Gasch speaking on the 1950's

Bob Gasch speaking on the 1950's

Walter Ernst and wife Edith.  Walter celebrated his 101st birthday earlier this year.

Walter Ernst and wife Edith. Walter celebrated his 101st birthday earlier this year.

Thompson Cottage Summer Social

A fundraiser for the preservation of archives and artifacts maintained by the Pioneer Association.

This event has been canceled.

The Thompson summer cottage stands on the north shore of Lafayette Bay in Minnetonka Beach and is one of the last surviving grand old summer houses on Lake Minnetonka. Built in 1887 by Charles Thompson, the restoration of the home was featured on the television show, “Hometime”.

Hill Hullabaloo

Hill Hullabaloo Event April 18, 2009, 7pm to 10pm
Hill School 2180 North Shore Drive, Wayzata, MN 55391
Come and support the current Hill School while learning about the history of Hill School.
Play an historical game of “Clue” and win a prize!
The WHCPA will have a display.

WHCPA board members Gary White and Mike Ellis will be at the school on April 7 to talk to the 5th – 9th grades about local history and current Kindergarten – 4th grade Hill School students will tour the WHCPA museum on the same day.

Pioneer Winter at Wolsfeld Cabin

Recent Event
March 20 – 22, 2009 Pioneer Winter in cooperation with the United States Christian Commission.
Come and visit with a pioneer family and their friends on March 20 – 22, 2009.
Join reenactors as they show you how people made do through the Minnesota winter in 1864.
Friday- Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday is School/Kids Day
Sunday Morning Church Service @ 10 a.m.in Medina, Minnesota.

In Memory of Charlotte Benson

Charlotte Ann Benson, 1950 – 2008, passed away Sunday, November 16, 2008.  Charlotte was a member of the WHCPA Board and was in charge of WHCPA Archives and the website.  She will be sorely missed by the WHCPA. You can see her obituary here.

WHCPA at Medina Celebration

The Western Hennepin County Pioneer Association hosted a display and a panel discussion at Medina’s 150 year celebration on September 27th. 

Panel discussion with Walter Ernst, age 100, Mike Ellis, age 88, Pete Schmidt, age 80, Olive Eager, age 90's, Bill Deziel, moderator Bob Gasch
Panel discussion: Walter Ernst, age 100, Mike Ellis, age 88, Pete Schmidt, age 80, Olive Eager, age 90, Bill Deziel, moderator Bob Gasch
Many items of local history were on display at the celebration.
Local historical artifacts on display at Medina's 150 year celebration.
Local historical artifacts on display at Medina

Photos courtesy of Laurie Hatcher Merz.

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