The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society connects our community to its past, cultivating an understanding and appreciation for our history.
We fulfill our mission by:
- Gathering and maintaining historical information and artifacts.
We are the safe keepers of our heritage.
- Educating the community about our history.
We are the community storytellers.
- Encouraging personal and community responsibility for preserving our physical links to the past.
We are advocates for historic preservation.
The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society was incorporated on September 25, 1970 and serves the municipalities of Birchwood, Dellwood, Mahtomedi, White Bear Lake, and White Bear Township.
The WBLAHS is Hiring!
The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society seeks a dynamic person to join our team as a part-time Program and Event Coordinator. If you have a passion for history and are someone who would like to help us connect our community to its past by sharing the stories of our area through guiding tours of our historic sites, presenting programs to community groups and coordinating events for the WBLAHS, we want to hear from you! Check out the full position description here. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WBLAHS Offices & Resource Library
The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society Offices & Resource Library hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-1pm. Appointments are strongly recommended if you would like to do research in the Resource Library.
The Historic White Bear Town Hall
The White Bear Town Hall, now located in Polar Lakes Park, has served its community since 1885. The White Bear Township Board, in partnership with the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society, envisions the Town Hall as an important historical centerpiece for the greater community. Its space will be used to tell the story of White Bear Township, the history of the building and its function as a “town house” for meetings, elections and township operations. It will once again be open to the public and an active meeting place. The facility, managed by WBLAHS, will be recognized as a historical site providing interpretive programs, professionally guided tours, exhibits, and many other educational presentations.
The 1940 Veterans Memorial Flagpole Time Capsule Reveal!
On Thursday evening, June 21, 2018 the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society opened the contents of the time capsule from the base of the 1940 WPA Soldiers Memorial Flagpole at Railroad Park. The highly anticipated contents included the usual items, and more. The flagpole and its base are being restored through a partnership between the White Bear Lake Lion’s Club Foundation and the City of White Bear Lake.