33 14th Avenue N (inside the Hopkins Activity Center) Open Tuesday and Thursday from 9 am to noon (also by appointment). Admission is free.
About the Hopkins Historical Society
Every city has a unique story. But many cities' stories get lost over time. The Hopkins Historical Society has made sure this does not happen in Hopkins.
Established in 1972, the Hopkins Historical Society has been dedicated to preserving the rich history of the community, acting as a resource center for over 5000 photographs and various collections including Raspberry Festival, Red Owl, and Minneapolis Moline memorabilia as well as an incredibly valuable audio tape collection.
Much of the credit for the creation of the Historical Society is given to Clint Blomquist, a lifelong Hopkins resident and the first curator for the Historical Society. Clint knew more than anyone else about Hopkins History and spent much of his life acquiring, cataloging, and storing almost everything in the Historical Society's museum and archives.
The Historical Society initially operated out of City Hall, then moved to a home at 2020 Fourth Street North, near Hilltop Park. In 1980, the Historical Society and its museum moved into space at the new Activity Center where it remains today.
The Historical Society is always working to document and showcase Hopkins' unique history through efforts such as the Hopkins Historic Homes project. The Historic Homes project was started in 2000 as a way to document the history of Hopkins' many (over 450) homes that are 75 years or older. The Society also sponsors speakers to discuss interesting aspects of our history.
The Historical Society exists thanks to generous donations of all kinds of historical data, pictures, and objects. According to Bev Ewing, editor of Hopkins, Through the Years, historical objects and documents from the 1970s on are particularly important to add to the Society's collection. "You may not think of the 1970s as history, but it is, and that era is being lost."