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 Offices Closed at Armory
The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society offices at the White Bear Lake Armory will be closed until early November due to the need to replace the boiler system for the entire building.
Please note: This does not impact any of our scheduled events including the Gangster Bus Tour on October 27th. We will still gather at the Armory gym to board the bus for the 10:00 and 11:30 tours on October 27th.
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.