Mission of the Society
The mission of the Wayzata Historical Society are to gather written and photographic memorabilia about Wayzata, to document histories through interviewing long-time residents, as well as to do research on the evolution of neighborhoods, schools, churches, businesses, and modes of transportation.
The Historical Society of Wayzata promotes the history of the town through many items including: staffing the Wayzata Train Depot on the weekends (April thru December); quarterly mailings of The Telegraph (a detailed newsletter highlighting items of historical significance); collecting, storing and safekeeping of photographs and personal accounts of events at the Archives; as well as hosting special events throughout the year.
We are always excited to have new members and encourage you to join. Between small dues and the generosity of our community at large, we are able to continue preserving Wayzata’s past. The society business is handled by volunteers except for Newsletter design and production, and an accountant hired in 2004. We invite you to join us and be a part of the Wayzata Historical Society today!
Vision of the Society
The Vision of the Wayzata Historical Society shall be the discovery, preservation and dissemination of knowledge about the history of Wayzata and surrounding communities that affected the evolution of Wayzata. In particular:
To discover and collect any material which may help to establish or illustrate the history of Wayzata or the state of Minnesota and its environs.
To collect, archive and periodically display any materials which:
- Define exploration, settlement, development and activities which occurred in the area now known as the city of Wayzata.
- Illustrate the cities progress in population, ethnic groups, wealth, education, arts, sciences, agriculture, manufacturing, trade, transportation, religion, etc.
- Depict what life was like within the city limits of Wayzata in the past. Items including: newspapers, finance-printed circulars, handbills, programs and posters, manuscripts, diaries, letters, bills, service records, charts, surveys, field books, tapes, books, films, photographs, paintings, portraits, etc. shall be collected and stored properly.
Inception of the Wayzata Historical Society
An important landmark of Wayzata is the train depot, built in 1906 by James J. Hill following controversy with the town fathers over his location of the railroad tracks. It was in planning for the 75th Anniversary of the completion of this charming depot that a group of history buffs started talking about the need for some sort of historical round table or society.
In 1981, the late Lloyd Borg, who had painted many of Wayzata’s landmarks, including the Depot, outlined what he felt such an organization could and should do for its community. The group which had worked on the Depot anniversary continued to meet, but focusing now on how best to set up the organization.
Bylaws were drafted and on July 11, 1982 the Wayzata Historical Society held its first meeting. A Board of Directors was chosen, who then elected the first officers of the fledgling society. Taimi Anderson, from Shady Lane in the Arlington Heights neighborhood, was elected as the first president.