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Golden Valley Historical Society

Dedicated to the preservation and celebration of our city's history.


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The Golden Valley Historical Society was established in 1974. Its mission is to find, preserve, and disseminate historical knowledge about the City of Golden Valley, Minnesota.

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The Museum is open Saturdays 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

6731 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN

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The Impact of Golden Valley’s John Mitchell and other Twin Cities Pioneering Black Executives of the 1970s

On Thursday, May 9, at 7pm, Anthony R. Scott, president of Minnesota’s Black Community Project, will give a presentation to the Golden Valley Historical Society on Golden Valley’s John Mitchell and four other pioneering Black executives of the1970’s.

Mitchell was a treasured Golden Valley resident, the city’s first Black city council member, and driving force behind creating a Black History Month celebration in the city.


To celebrate its Golden Jubilee year, GVHS programs are highlighting the 1970s, when GVHS was founded, as well as looking forward toward the next fifty years. 


In the 1970s, veteran aeronautical engineer John Mitchell was chosen to lead Honeywell’s equal opportunity efforts with the goal of getting members of the Black Community into responsible positions with the company.


Scott will highlight Mitchell and four additional Black executives who made a difference in then-termed Affirmative Action efforts fifty years ago. They are Jeanne Cooper, publisher of the Twin Cities Observer; Bill English, Control Data; Joe Johnson and Louis Moore, Multifoods, and Lafayette Jones, Pillsbury.


Anthony Scott is president of Scott Publications which re-issues magazines and books originally published by his father, the late Walter R Scott, Sr. during the pre- and post-Civil Rights eras. He is also president of Minnesota’s Black Community Project – a Minnesota non-profit organization that celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans in Minnesota. 

In 2020, Minnesota’s Black Community Project’s first book, Minnesota’s Black Community in the 21st Century, received Book of the Year Award from the Academy of Human Resource Development. This book was published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.


Join us for this informative program at the GVHS Historic Church6731 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley. It is free and open to the public. 

Above: May 9 presenter Anthony R. Scott. Submitted photo. Left: John Mitchell, from a Golden Valley History Museum display

Larry Bakken, from the Mitchell Hamline Law School website.

Larry Bakken, former GVHS Board Member, Golden Valley Renaissance Man and Public Servant, Passes Away

Larry Bakken, a recent and proud member of the Golden Valley Historical Society board of directors, passed away on March 19.  He may be the most brilliant and accomplished person to ever call Golden Valley his home. He will be missed.


Bakken was co-founder of Hamline University School of Law (now the Mitchell Hamline School of Law), a Fulbright Scholar, professor of international beknown, Golden Valley mayor and city council member, author, business owner, banker, magazine publisher, and member of countless boards and commissions.


His Celebration of Life is May 7 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley. Please take the time to read about his impact on Golden Valley, Minnesota, and parts of the globe in the inspiring obituary below. The family has kindly requested that memorials be directed to GVHS.


Planting the Seeds of Change: Golden Valley Garden Club’s 2024 Pollinator Pathways Initiative

On Thursday, April 11, Barb Ego, vice-president of the Golden Valley Garden Club, will present at the Golden Valley Historical Society (GVHS) what all the buzz is about the club’s Pollinator Pathways 2024 initiative.


A pollinator pathway, as described by the Canadian Wildlife Federation, is a pesticide-free corridor of native plants that provides nutrition and habitat for pollinators and helps them to disperse into new habitats.


The Garden Club will soon roll out its initiative to establish pollinator pathways in Golden Valley, starting with a small-model or pilot program involving Golden Valley residents' yards. “Our goal is to form connections,” Ego explains, “between the city’s existing green corridors, native buffer zones, and neighborhood pollinator-friendly pocket gardens.”


Envisioned as a public-private-corporate effort, a successful result would provide a healthier environment for pollinators, pets, and people for years to come. The City of Golden Valley and the Golden Valley Garden Club share the same vision for creating new pollinator and wildlife habitat. Residents of strategically targeted areas of the city will initially be invited to participate and can apply to receive (a limited number of) free native pollinator plants.


The 2024 initiative will plant the seeds of change. Newly planted pocket-sized gardens will then have the potential to serve as neighborhood demonstration plots which inspire and encourage other residents - and even businesses and organizations - to create additional pollinator-attracting gardens.


The program is at 7 pm in the GVHS Historic Church, 6731 Golden Valley Road. All are welcome; it is free and open to GVHS members and the public.

Yard sign for participants, above. Golden Valley Garden Club's Barb Ego, right


As Golden Valley Historical Society turns 50, revisit the fashion, history, and culture of 1974 with Goldstein Museum of Design’s curator, Jean McElvain Ph.D.

As the Golden Valley Historical Society (GVHS) celebrates its Golden Jubilee in 2024, revisit the fashion, history, and culture of 1974 – the Society’s founding year - for a Thursday, March 14 program. Expect a fun and fitting look at what we were wearing 50 years ago by guest presenter Jean McElvain, Ph.D., of the University of Minnesota’s Goldstein Museum of Design (GMD).


She will return us to the fashion and design of the 1970s through images of objects in GMD's over 30,000-piece collection and explore how and why culture gravitated toward colorful excesses from mod miniskirts to polyester leisure suits.


The Goldstein Museum of Design is the only design museum in the Upper Midwest. As its curator, Dr. McElvain brings a deep understanding of many facets of 19th and 20th century design, identifying relationships between everything from fashion to architecture. She uses exhibition curation and design to tell stories and guide research.   


The program is at 7 pm in the GVHS Historic Church, 6731 Golden Valley Road. It is free and open to GVHS members and the public.

Golden Valley Historical Society has openings on its board

Currently celebrating its 50th year, the Golden Valley Historical Society (GVHS) has openings on its board of directors. It’s a great way to volunteer and participate in preserving and sharing past, present, and future Golden Valley history.


The board guides policy on the operations of GVHS’s 1882 Historic Church and the Golden Valley History Museum which opened in 2018, both located at 6731 Golden Valley Road. GVHS acquires and maintains a collection of artifacts, documents, and photographs. It also presents special events as well as history programs for the public in its Historic Church.


Meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month, 6:30 pm, in the Historic Church. To learn more or express an interest, contact Emily Dietle at


Women in Local Government: A Conversation With Golden Valley Leaders

On Thursday, Feb. 8, Golden Valley Historical Society (GVHS) invites you to “Women in Local Government: A Conversation with Golden Valley Leaders,” for an insightful evening of dialogue and community connection.


Gain valuable insights into the role of women in local government during this panel discussion followed by a Q & A. Golden Valley residents and local leaders Helen Bassett, Denise LaMere-Anderson, and Marti Micks will share their unique perspectives, experiences, and expertise on women in leadership roles.


The program is at 7 pm in the Society’s Historic Church, 6731 Golden Valley Road. It is free and open to Society members and the public.


Featured Panelists:


Helen Bassett

Helen has served on the Robbinsdale Area Schools Board of Education for 20 years and is the first Black woman to be voted its chairperson. She is a Government Affairs liaison for the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Helen is also the co-founder and managing director of the Minnesota School Board Directors of Color and Indigenous Fellowship. 


Denise LaMere-Anderson
Denise is a Golden Valley city council member and serves as its liaison to the city’s Community Service Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Housing and Redevelopment Authority. She is also a Golden Valley Historical Society board member and, in her “day job, Denise is the Chief Talent Officer for Taylor Corporation.


Martha (Marti) Micks
Marti is the president of the League of Women Voters of Golden Valley and past-president of League of Women Voters of Minnesota. She is a retired social studies teacher from the Osseo School District, served eight years on the Golden Valley City Council and Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and was a civilian management analyst for the U.S. Army in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.


“This event promises to be an enlightening exploration of the impact and significance of women in local government,” said Emily Dietle, GVHS president. “Don't miss the opportunity to be part of the conversation and engage with our distinguished panelists and members of the audience.”

From the President

Looking Back, Looking Forward, and GVHS's 50-Year Golden Jubilee in 2024

January 1, 2024, is a time to celebrate accomplishments, acknowledge end-of-year transitions, and look ahead to projects, programs, and the celebration of an exciting milestone.


Looking back

Thank you to Larry Bakken and William Ewald who completed their service on our board of directors at the end of 2023. We’re grateful to have had each of them to advance our mission to find, preserve, and disseminate historical knowledge about the City of Golden Valley. These two and all volunteers are the key to our every success.


We had a great Third Annual Holiday Open House in December. Our number one goal was to welcome new guests. That goal was met as we saw happy, new faces and many who vowed to return with family and friends.


We completed a year-long self-assessment that resulted in a ten-year prioritized work plan to guide future planning and projects. Early successes in this first year included a new audio system for the Historic Church and a much-needed new roof for the building (aided greatly by a hailstorm).


Our programs highlighted prominent Minnesota African Americans, the history of the Dayton family, the “Just Deeds” project and racial covenants, 75 years of the local League of Women Voters, 75 years of Chester Bird VFW Post 523, the history of Theodore Wirth and Brookview golf courses, and the story of “Lisl” Close, one of Minnesota's best-known mid-century modern architects.


Looking forward

The year 2024 will mark the Golden Valley Historical Society's “50-Year Golden Jubilee”! Watch for announcements of upcoming programs and opportunities for reminiscences.

Note: We will not have a January program due to the busy schedules of speakers whom we will feature in future months. We hope to see you in February and at upcoming programs in the Historic Church.


We will continue to work on items on the ten-year prioritized work plan to fulfill our commitment to responsibly maintain GVHS and its resources.


Thank you to GVHS members and others who attend programs and visit the museum for your interest in preserving and presenting the history of Golden Valley. We look forward to seeing you in 2024! If you or someone you know is interested in GVHS volunteer opportunities or in joining the Board of Directors, please contact me at  I would love to hear from you!


Wishing a very Golden and Happy New Year to all!


     -Emily Dietle, President, GVHS Board of Directors

Third Annual GVHS Holiday Open House is Saturday, Dec. 9

Join us on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2023, for the Golden Valley Historical Society (GVHS) Holiday Open House. Visit the Golden Valley History Museum and Historic Church, both at 6731 Golden Valley Road, from 11am to 3pm, to enjoy festive holiday music, lots of history, and even purchase a vintage street sign. It’s for GVHS members, the public, and family members of all ages.

Have you or anyone you know traveled Golden Valley Road and were intrigued about the “Little White Church in the Valley?” The Open House is your opportunity to explore it!  The original chapel was built in 1882 by early pioneers as a nondenominational church. In 1890, it was pulled by horses and mules almost a mile over rolling logs to its current location. The chapel currently hosts monthly history programs, weddings, memorial services, and vow renewals. Step inside and take a look! Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.


Festive Holiday Music by “The Flute Loops” 

11:30 am

GVHS's 142-year-old chapel will ring with holiday music by The Flute Loops. “We are a group of adult amateur flutists,” said member Diane Markovich, “who share a love for the flute, learning, and making and sharing music together.” Based in Chaska, The Flute Loops repertoire features classical, folk, jazz, pop, Broadway, sacred, and holiday music. This unique 15-year-old ensemble has performed for weddings, churches, Minnesota Arboretum events, parties, and senior residents.


The Flute Loops are Mary Hegre, Diane Markovich, Jeanne Roudabush, and Laurie Strand. Hear their latest recording, “The Festive Flute Loops,” here: Flute Loops website.

“The History of All Things Christmas: How the Past Affects Today’s Christmas Celebrations”  

1:00 pm

Christmas trees and gift-giving - how and when did these traditions begin? Local historian David Kuball will present an entertaining and timely talk titled, “The History of All Things Christmas: How the Past Affects Today’s Christmas Celebrations.”


You’ll get insights into the origins of popular traditions plus recent additions that may connect with your own holiday memories. Some Christmas traditions have surprising origins. “In fact, many of our Christmas traditions came from corporations that developed them as part of holiday advertising," David stated. There were periods when Christmas was very different from the holiday we celebrate today. In fact, he said, "there times when Christmas was unpopular, and I’ll share instances when it was actually banned.”


David Kuball is a long-time Golden Valley resident. He is active in the community and has been on the GVHS board of directors for seven years.


The Golden Valley History Museum will be open for GVHS members and the public. And, vintage Golden Valley street signs will available for purchase. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.

The Award-Winning Golden Valley History Museum
This is a great opportunity to tour the Museum. Open since Sept. 2018, the museum features an immersive exhibition that traces the history of Golden Valley from the ice age and pre-European contact to today.


The exhibition explores the former Golden Valley High School, the first Byerly’s Foods, Golden Valley Garden Club, Ewald Brothers Dairy, Golden Valley Police and Fire Departments, civil rights, human rights, and leadership.


In 2020, this exhibition – “Golden Valley: No Place Like Home” – received an Award of Excellence from the American Association for State and Local History.

Take Home a Vintage Golden Valley Street Sign! 
From Aquila and Avondale to Zane and Zealand, GVHS has over 1,000 city street signs – some dating back to the 1940s - available for sale. After the state required street signs to be larger and with a reflective surface, the city began replacing signs and GVHS became the repository of decommissioned signs beginning in 1997.


This just might be the perfect holiday gift for a college student’s dorm room, a man cave, or a nostalgic former resident. To view the collection and purchase a sign, enter through the Museum.


Signs are $25 each and can be purchased by cash, check, or PayPal. Proceeds from the sale of signs support GVHS programs and operations.


For an inventory of available signs: Street Sign Inventory

Antique Toys, Wagons, Buggies, Sleds

GVHS board member Ken Huber collects and restores a variety of old things; you may have waved to him and his dog, Linus while joyriding in his Model A Ford. He has a special interest in antique and vintage children’s riding toys: bikes, trikes, wagons, scooters, pedal cars, and Irish mails. A selection of his collection will be displayed throughout the Historic Church.

Educating and Empowering Voters, Protecting Democracy: The 75-Year Impact of the League of Women Voters of Golden Valley

In a special acknowledgement of Golden Valley history, Golden Valley Historical Society (GVHS) is partnering with the League of Women Voters of Golden Valley (LWV-GV) on a program titled, “Educating and Empowering Voters, Protecting Democracy: The 75-Year Impact of the League of Women Voters of Golden Valley.”


From League president Marti Micks and four other presenters representing different eras, learn how the history of City of Golden Valley and the League have always been intertwined. The program will offer information about the League’s long and storied history in Golden Valley, and a time for socializing (Happy 75th Birthday cake!) It’s free and open to the public.

“For 75 years, our League has provided a wide variety of opportunities to become educated on issues, to build leadership skills, and to encourage involvement in civic life," Micks said. " It's a great story, one we'd love to share.”


The program is offered twice. Attend one or both.


Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, 7 pm
Hosted by Golden Valley Historical Society
GVHS Historic Church, 6731 Golden Valley Road

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023, 10 am (9:30 social time)
Hosted by League of Women Voters of Golden Valley
Brookview Community Center, 1st floor Valley Room
316 Brookview Pkwy S.

Pictured, from the archives: Charter members of the League of Women Voters of Golden Valley at a long-ago League anniversary celebration event.

“The Chalet at Glenwood,” now Theodore Wirth, in the early 1920s. While part of the Minneapolis Parks system, the golf course is in Golden Valley. Vintage postcard courtesy of

On Thursday, Oct. 12, the Golden Valley Historical Society (GVHS) will host a program on the history of golf at Theodore Wirth and Brookview, two Golden Valley courses with a long and fascinating history.

Roxann Maxey will present “From Glenwood to Theodore Wirth,” the history of the first public course in Minnesota and second largest city-owned course in America. She is the Golf Operations Manager for Theodore Wirth Golf Course.


Ben Disch and Brett Johnson will present “Brookview Golf - Then and Now,” the rich history of Brookview, originally a private course and country club built in the 1920s by Archie Walker and his father, lumber magnate T.B. Walker.  Disch is Brookview’s Operation Manager, Johnson is the Assistant Operations Manager.


The Thursday, Oct. 12 program is at 7:00 pm in the GVHS Historic Church, 6731 Golden Valley Road. Admission is free and open to the public.

Left: The cornerstone of George Dayton's first store in downtown Minnapolis. Right: Presenter David Kuball

On Thursday, Sept. 14, local history enthusiast David Kuball will present “The Daytons – A Family Business,” a Golden Valley Historical Society (GVHS) program. Kuball will explore the 140-year endeavors of the Dayton family and how they impacted the citizens of Minnesota.

The 7:00 pm presentation is in the GVHS Historic Church, 6731 Golden Valley Road. Admission is free. GVHS members and the public are welcome.

“There are many notable families and companies throughout Minnesota history, but one tends to stand out for its impact on the state,” Kuball said. “From helping farmers in debt, to bringing fashion to Minneapolis and beyond, and to providing leadership in the Twin Cities and state, the Dayton family history is compelling and rises to the top.”

Multiple generations of Daytons were active in serving the needs of Minnesotans – and of course making themselves wealthy.  George Dayton moved from New York to Worthington, Minnesota in 1883 to help establish the Bank of Worthington. He eventually moved to Minneapolis to start a retail business that would famously and affectionately become known at Dayton’s.

While George got the family off to a strong start in Minnesota, it was the following generations who not only branched off into multiple businesses, but also impacted state politics.


David Kuball is a warm and engaging presenter with a love for history “which has been a hobby for most of my life,” he said. He was born in Faribault, MN and grew up on a nearby dairy farm with his parents and seven brothers and sisters. He has a Journalism degree from the University of Minnesota. “After failing to find a job with a newspaper,” David said, “I discovered that I had technical skills,” which led him to his current IT job with Optum. He is a long-time Golden Valley resident, active in the community, and has been on the GVHS board of directors for seven years.

Steve Boyd-Smith: “I have rarely seen an organization that is as self-aware, dedicated, and organized.”

LEFT: GVHS board and advisor at the final STEPS meeting on May 10, 2023. Top row: David Kuball, Jim Elert, Steve Schmidgall, Denise LaMere-Anderson, Teresa Martin. Front:

Don Anderson,

Mary McCormick, Crystal Boyd, Elsa Kendig, William Ewald. Not pictured: Larry Bakken, Ken Huber, Dave Lee.

By Steve Boyd-Smith

This GVHS update is by guest author Steve Boyd-Smith who recently led the Society through a year-long self-assessment. He is an independent museum professional currently helping communities reveal their stories through his company, Amplifier Experience Design.  The St. Paul resident has over thirty years’ experience working with museums throughout the country.

In 2021, the Golden Valley Historical Society contracted with me to facilitate a year-long self-assessment of its entire operation. As an independent museum professional, I am pleased to report that GVHS is a solid organization, built over decades on strong foundations, and working actively to expand and advance the value of Golden Valley’s history to the community.

The self-assessment was structured around the national STEPS (Standards and Excellence Program) workbook and community, under the umbrella of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). It points history organizations towards national standards in six areas spanning everything from governance to collections, interpretation to community engagement.


The State of Minnesota provided a grant of $10,000 from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Minnesota Historical Society, a sign of capability and trust for both the program and the organization.


Getting through this process was no small feat for an all-volunteer organization. Board members met nine times, for 1.5 to 2.5 hours each month to step through a chapter of the workbook. This represented more than 190 hours of volunteer time, with “homework” between meetings likely more than doubling this figure. As this was above and beyond regular Board meetings and volunteer tasks, the commitment to seeing this through demonstrates the level of dedication and care GVHS inspires.


I have worked with museums of all types and sizes for over 30 years and have rarely seen an organization that is as self-aware, dedicated, and organized. The Society is clear on its responsibilities, has been working for many years with attention to accountability and quality, and inspires committed and skilled volunteers. The process prompted valuable discussions and also turned up a few unseen gaps, raising awareness that makes transformation possible. The willingness to learn and change is a particularly enviable attribute of GVHS.

At the end-of-process meeting, Kyle Scott, GVHS President, thanked board members “for their faithful and dedicated commitment to excellence” and also singled out Crystal Boyd, the Society’s volunteer collections curator, for writing the grant and serving as project manager.


History matters. Whether we are conscious of it or not, history can strengthen a sense of place and build community. GVHS understands that incomplete history can instead erode community. When we don’t see ourselves represented in or contributing to the story of a place, we are made to feel as if we don’t belong. GVHS comes out of the STEPS program with a prioritized workplan of short-and longer-term tasks, and a new energy for engaging with the community—those who live, work, shop, learn, or play here—to make sure that the stories it collects, preserves, and interprets are whole, honest, and true; that the organization continues to be well run; and that its volunteers, audiences, objects, and structures are well cared for.

You can be a part of Golden Valley history – protecting its past and planning for its future. The Golden Valley Historical Society (GVHS), which is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of Golden Valley history, has September openings on its board of directors. Terms begin September 2023 and vary from 1-3 years in length.


The Board guides policy on management of its Historic Church and Golden Valley History Museum, both located at 6731 Golden Valley Road; acquires and maintains its collection of artifacts, documents, and photographs; and offers public programs, forums, and discussions from September through May. The Board typically meets at the Historic Church on the second Wednesday of the month.


It’s a great way to serve, volunteer, and be a part of Golden Valley history. To learn more or express an interest, contact William Ewald, GVHS Board Vice-President by August 1st at


A visit to will provide additional information about the Society.

By Will Craig

Will Craig is a Golden Valley Historical Society member, and a retired University of Minnesota staff member of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs which helped launch the Mapping Prejudice project. He has a graduate degree in geography where John Borchert was his mentor.  His PhD was on the use of public records to understand societal issues.

Left: The Borchert family in 1954: John, Bill, Jane, Diane (with Spotty the dog), Bob, and Dave. Photo submitted by the Borchert family. Right: The “Borchert home” in 2022 has new owners and its “Black Lives Matter” sign is a wonderful connection to the Borchert legacy.  Photo by Will Craig.

Racial covenants were used across the country in the first half of the 20th Century. Covenants were intended to keep out all non-white people. They were imbedded in deeds and at times remained legal through subsequent sales. The Twin Cities were no exception to this nationwide trend. Neither was Golden Valley.

The first racial covenant in Golden Valley was dated July 6, 1915. In 1938, the new Planning Commission required racially restrictive covenants as a condition of approval of the development of the West Tyrol Hills Addition. The City Council approved that requirement at its next meeting. By 1955 Golden Valley had over 1,600 properties with racial covenants.

I focus on the Glendale Addition with its 80 covenants because it has an interesting history. It was also the home of my mentor, John R. Borchert. He moved to Golden Valley in 1950 as a new assistant professor of geography at the University of Minnesota. Borchert went on to become a member of the Metropolitan Planning Commission, a Regents Professor at the university, and an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences.


The Glendale Addition was created in 1946 with 130 lots spread across 11 blocks. Every deed in Glendale had the following racial covenant:

 “No person of any race other than the Caucasian race shall use or occupy any building or any lot, except that this covenant shall not prevent occupancy by domestic servants of a different race domiciled with an owner or tenant.”

A clip of a 1947 deed (below) shows that text in Clause F as part of a list of restrictions that covered issues like building heights and setbacks, and minimum home construction costs. Golden Valley wasn’t unique in reflecting the racial bias of the time.



A 1946 poll of Minnesotans found 60% thought African Americans should not be free to choose where they would live. And 68% thought non-white neighborhoods would hurt property values.

Glendale’s developers were two local men trying to develop a piece of land that would appeal to post-war buyers. Dr. Arthur C. Kerkoff lived in Golden Valley and had a practice in the Medical Arts Building. Waldo E. Hardell lived in the Linden Hills area of Minneapolis and worked for the Sexton Insurance Company in downtown. Kerkhof was president and Hardell was secretary of Glendale Inc.

Glendale lots began selling in July 1946. The last lot sold in May 1953. But something changed mid-stream. Glendale continued using the same deed form but altered it in a major way.


Beginning in February 1950, Clause F was crossed out. It was like Glendale Inc. put the deed form in a typewriter  and crossed out Clause F by typing XXXX’s across all the text on the unsold deeds. John R. and Jane W. Borchert’s deed provides an example of that practice. (Above: an example of Clause F, and Borchert’s actual deed with it crossed out.)

All 80 of the earlier deeds had intact racial covenants. Clause F was obliterated on the last 50 sales.It’s not clear what prompted the change. The 1948 Shelley v. Kraemer Supreme Court decision made the covenants unenforceable, but Glendale continued to use the same deed form for another year. Sales were sluggish. Glendale eliminated the racial covenant in the deeds in February 1950 and sales doubled that year.

I’d like to think that John Borchert had something to do with that change. He was an urban geographer who understood markets. He was an extrovert who enjoyed discussing issues with people. Both Kerkhoff and Hardell were University alumni, accessible to Borchert. He would have pushed them to make that change and refresh their image.

Glendale Inc. began deleting racial covenants in February 1950. John Borchert bought lot 14 of block 8 on February 20, 1950, one week after Glendale Inc. made the change. Ned Flanders, his university colleague, bought the lot next door one week later.


The tide had turned for Glendale and other subdivisions across the state. In 1953, the Minnesota Legislature prohibited the use of racial covenants.

A Beautiful Home Place RESTRICTED Wisely,” from a Golden Valley Historical Society display at City Hall.

Golden Valley subdivisions
with racial covenants existing
in the 1940s:



Delphian Heights  

Delphian Heights 2nd Unit

Delphian Heights 3rd Unit



Glenurban 2nd Addition


Golden Valley Gardens

Kavlis Cedardale

Kennedys South Tyrol Hills

Kennedys West Tyrol Hills

Lakewood Heights

Lakeview Heights, the First Addition

McNair Manor

Noble Grove

Spring Green


Tyrol Hills

West Tyrol Hills

John and Jane Borchert settled in and raised their family in Golden Valley where he became an active community citizen. He joined the Golden Valley Planning Commission in 1951, serving for a decade. This was the same Planning Commission that had required racial covenants 13 years earlier.


Borchert became chair of the commission in 1955. He always had a strong interest in public policy and how it played out on the ground. His 1998 Curriculum Vitae states: “Principal Interest: Geography applied to public

policies in land use and resource management.”

Golden Valley was not alone in its use of racial covenants in the early 1900s. The ”Mapping Prejudice” project at the University of Minnesota identified over 24,000 parcels in Hennepin County with racial covenants like those in the Glendale Addition. 


Currently the project is assisting other counties across the U.S. in exploring their own histories of racial prejudice. Appropriately, the Mapping Prejudice project is housed at the John R. Borchert Map Library at the University of Minnesota.


Today, Golden Valley is playing a lead role in making things better in Minnesota. A 2019 law made it possible for owners to “discharge” prejudicial language from their property records, but that is a complicated process.


Golden Valley city attorney Maria Cisneros organized the “Just Deeds” project with a network of individual lawyers, government offices, and real estate professionals that provide free legal and title services to help property owners find discriminatory covenants and discharge them from their property titles.


[For reference, the Glendale Addition is in southeastern Golden Valley, bounded by Olson Memorial Highway on the north, Glenwood Avenue on the south, Natchez Avenue on the west, and Ardmore Drive on the east.]

"This [Glendale] plat was approved and accepted by the Village Council of Golden Valley, Minnesota at a regular meeting thereof held this 15th day of October A.D. 1946.”


Just Deeds


Mapping Prejudice


John R. Borchert website

Left: Adjutant Tom Martin and Commander Craig Hartman of Golden Valley’s Chester Bird Post 523 American Legion. Photo by Jim Elert. Right: The America Legion’s first national convention was held November 1919 in Minneapolis. Credit: “Century of Service,” The American Legion.

On Thursday, May 11, a few weeks prior to Memorial Day, Commander Craig Hartman and Adjutant Tom Martin of Chester Bird Post 523 American Legion Post in Golden Valley will be GVHS’s guest presenters.

They will touch upon the 100-year history of the American Legion, the 75-year history of Chester Bird Post 523, Chester “Bird” Ptaszek (the man behind the name), a legacy of giving, and the Legion’s big plans for June.

The presentation is at 7pm in the Society’s Historic Church, 6731Golden Valley Road. It is open to Society members and the public.

“The core of Chester Bird’s mission,” Hartman said, “is to honor and always remember, to give back, and to uphold time-honored values. We’ll share some examples.”

Hartman’s and Martin’s informal presentation will include historical anecdotes from the Golden Valley
Legion’s first meeting in December 1945 (in the original Golden Valley Village Hall) to hosting a June 17, 2023 street dance and barbeque cookoff, a partnership with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Foundation. The event will honor those in law enforcement, fire, medical, and all first responders. Proceeds will go to students pursuing degrees in law enforcement.

They will share the post’s rich history of service, charitable giving, and scholarships. Martin urges May 11 participants “to bring their own questions, stories, and remembrances” to share during the presentation and discussion.

Craig Hartman, a U.S. Navy veteran, has served as Legion commander for the last seven years. Tom Martin is the Adjutant, former Commander, and a U.S. Navy and Air Force veteran.

Carl Rowan, with President Lyndon Johnson, after being named director of the United States Information Agency (Photo: Black History Moments). Sen. Robert Lewis speaks at a Senate committee hearing (Photo: Minnesota Historical Society).

On Thursday, April 13, the Golden Valley Historical Society will welcome Jeremiah Ellis to speak about journalist, author, and government official Carl Rowan, and Dr. Robert Lewis, a veterinarian, educator, and Minnesota state Senator.


As prominent Minnesotans, and leaders in the African American community in the Twin Cities, both men - now deceased - had distinguished professional lives. Ellis will offer deeper insights and the context of the times that shaped their lives. Rowan was born in 1925, Lewis in 1931.


Carl Rowan received a master's degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota in 1948. He wrote for the African American newspapers Minneapolis Spokesman and St. Paul Recorder, and then The Minneapolis Tribune where he reported extensively on the civil rights movement.


He became a distinguished author and journalist who was published in over 100 newspapers.


Rowan was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of State by President John F. Kennedy, became U.S. Ambassador to Finland, and was appointed director of the United States Information Agency (USIA) by President Lyndon B. Johnson, making him the first African American to hold a seat on the National Security Council.  He died in 2000.


Robert Lewis received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, and established a pioneering veterinary practice in St. Louis Park and later in Golden Valley where he also lived in later years.


He was a member of the St. Louis Park Board of Education and the State Board of Education. In 1972, he became the first African American to serve in the Minnesota State Senate. His passion was addressing the needs of senior citizens, the economically disadvantaged, Minnesotans with disabilities, those who were incarcerated, marginalized people, feminists, and victims of domestic violence.


Lewis also served on the board of the Minneapolis Urban League, where he was voted Man of the Year, and he was named Veterinarian of the Year by the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association.


His promising legislative career came to an abrupt end when he died of a heart attack at 47 years of age.


Ellis will share the context of the times in which these men lived. “In some ways Rowan and Lewis’ stories reflect historic systems that shaped many African American lives,” Ellis says, “like race-based housing discrimination, and yet looking closely at each man can lead us to better appreciating the wide range

of Black experiences in Minnesota.”


He will also explore the women in Rowan’s and Lewis’s lives and how they were shaped and affected by the professional lives of these men, and he will talk about their mentors and why the system of mentorship was so vital for up-and-coming Black professionals in Minnesota. 


Jeremiah Ellis is the Director of Partnership for Generation Next, a coalition of civic, business, and education leaders from across Minneapolis and St. Paul dedicated to closing achievement and opportunity gaps. He also is a commissioner for the St. Paul Public Heritage Preservation, and until recently he worked as the Arthur C. McWatt Senior Fellow for the Ramsey County Historical Society.

The Thursday, April 13 talk is at 7 pm in the Society’s Historic Church, 6731 Golden Valley Road.  The program is free and open to Society members and the public.

GVHS presents a March 8 talk, exhibit premiere, and book signing by Jane King Hession on Minnesota's pioneering first modern architect

The Golden Valley Historical Society (GVHS), partnering with Brookview Golden Valley, is presenting a talk, exhibit premiere, and book signing event on Elizabeth “Lisl” Scheu Close (1912-2011), Minnesota’s first modern architect. Jane King Hession, author of the award-winning Elizabeth Scheu Close: A Life in Modern Architecture, will bring Lisl’s life and career - including her work in Golden Valley - to light on Wednesday, March 8, at 7 pm in the Bassett Creek Room at Brookview Golden Valley, 316 Brookview Pkwy S, Golden Valley. The event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, March 8 Talk
Hession’s talk and accompanying exhibit will examine the extraordinary life and prolific career of a pioneering woman in the field of architecture. With her husband Winston Close, Lisl founded the first architectural practice in the state dedicated to modern design. A specialist in residential architecture, she designed roughly 250 custom houses during her long career, the largest concentration of which stands in the University Grove neighborhood of Falcon Heights.


She also designed prefabricated houses for the Page & Hill company of Minnesota. More than 10,000 houses were produced from her designs. Among the many Close-designed buildings is the only ice arena she ever designed, which was built on a site in Golden Valley. 

Although she forged a successful career, it wasn’t an easy road. She became an architect at a time when it was not common, or accepted, for a woman to do so, especially in her native Vienna, Austria. “But she negotiated every obstacle and, in the process,” Hession said, “became a role model for generations of women who would follow in her footsteps.”


March 4-23 Exhibit

To complement the March 8 talk, Brookview Golden Valley is presenting the exhibit "Elizabeth Scheu Close: A Life in Modern Architecture” on the community center’s second floor, outside of the Basset Creek Room, from March 4th through the 23rd.

Hession originally curated this exhibition for the Goldstein Museum of Design at the University of Minnesota in March of 2020. “It went up just in time for the university––and the world––to shut down due to the pandemic,” she said. “As a result, to date it has never been shown and has been seen only by a handful of people.”

The exhibit traces Lisl’s upbringing in one of Europe’s earliest modern houses in Vienna, Austria, to her immigration to and education in America, to her sixty-year career as one of Minnesota’s leading modern architects.

Jane King Hession is a Minneapolis-based architectural writer, historian, and curator specializing in midcentury modernism. Born and raised in New York’s Hudson River Valley, she earned her Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Art History from SUNY Albany. 

She is a past president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and the Minneapolis Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, and a founding partner of Modern House Productions. Hession is the author of five books including Ralph Rapson: Sixty Years of Modern Design, Frank Lloyd Wright in New York: The Plaza Years, and Elizabeth Scheu Close: A Life in Modern Architecture, which was a finalist for a 2021 Minnesota Book Award, and winner of the 2022 David Stanley Gebhard Award.

Book Signing

Copies of the book, Elizabeth Scheu Close: A Life in Modern Architecture, will be available for sale and signing by the author immediately following the March 8 presentation at Brookview.

This is the third in Golden Valley Historical Society’s three-part speaker series, "Voices in the Valley: Amplifying Underrepresented Histories of Golden Valley," made possible by Union Pacific Railroad’s Community Ties Giving Program. Note that this event takes place at an alternative venue and evening than most GVHS programs.

From the 1885 Herancourt birdseye map of Minneapolis.


On Thursday, February 9, the Golden Valley Historical Society (GVHS) will host the second talk in its three-part speaker series, "Voices in the Valley: Amplifying Underrepresented Histories of Golden Valley" made possible by Union Pacific Railroad’s Community Ties Giving Program.

The featured speaker will be Steve Boyd-Smith who has worked for more than 30 years as an exhibit planner for historic sites and museums nationally. His talk is titled “Seeking Absent Voices: Losses, Opportunities, and Challenges.”


Using some of the diverse stories he’s excavated with groups from throughout the Twin Cities, he will engage attendees about the opportunities resulting from digging deeper into history, the consequences when we fail to tell the diversity of our stories, as well as the challenges we sometimes face as we move toward “better.” Ultimately, Boyd-Smith says, “we’ll explore how communities can reclaim, restore, and reveal [our] stories, thereby helping to restore dignity to [all of our neighbors], living and dead.”


“Telling stories of our history shapes our present perspectives and unearthing and engaging diverse stories can enrich us all and allow for new possibilities and new conversations in our communities,” Boyd-Smith says, “and it all starts with a process of connecting, digging deep, and hearing.”

Steve Boyd-Smith comes from a background in public history and theater and now runs Amplifier Experience Design, a firm which specializes in working with communities and groups throughout the country as they unearth, reclaim, and tell their own stories.


The Thursday, February 9 talk is at 7 pm in the Golden Valley Historical Society’s Historic Church, 6731 Golden Valley Road. It is handicap accessible and equipped with a speaker system. This presentation will also be recorded and posted to the Society's website in the following month for those unable to attend. It is free and open to the public.


Next in the Series
Elizabeth Scheu Close: Pioneering Mid-Twentieth Century Architect
To complete the series, Jane Hession, Minnesota-based author and architectural historian, will lead a discussion of her book, “Elizabeth Scheu Close: A Life in Modern Architecture” on March 8.

Elizabeth “Lisl” Scheu Close (1912-2011) was Minnesota’s first modern architect. With her husband Winston Close, she founded the first architectural practice in the state dedicated to modern design. A specialist in residential architecture, she designed roughly 250 custom houses during her long career and more than 10,000 houses were produced from her designs. Jane King Hession, author of Elizabeth Scheu Close: A Life in Modern Architecture, will bring Lisl’s life and career (including her work in Golden Valley) to light. GVHS is partnering with Brookview Golden Valley on this talk.


The program is Wednesday, March 8, 7 pm, Brookview Golden Valley, Bassett Creek Room. 316 Brookview Pkwy S, Golden Valley, MN 55426. The program is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The Golden Valley Historical Society (GVHS) is presenting a three-part series to continue its work of bringing forth and highlighting diverse community voices and histories. The series is “Voices in the Valley: Amplifying Underrepresented Histories” in Golden Valley.” The first program, on January 22, 2023, by Maria Cisneros, City of Golden Valley Attorney, is “Going Deeper with Just Deeds: Righting Old Wrongs and Fostering Justice Today.”


Going Deeper with “Just Deeds:” Righting Old Wrongs and Fostering Justice Today

On Thursday, January 12, the Golden Valley Historical Society (GVHS) will begin a three-part- series for Society members and the public titled "Voices in the Valley: Amplifying Under-represented Histories of Golden Valley,” made possible by the Union Pacific Railroad’s Community Ties Giving Program.

Maria Cisneros, Golden Valley City Attorney, co-founder of the Just Deeds Coalition, and Past President of the Minnesota Association of City Attorneys, is the leadoff speaker. She will share the work she and the city of Golden Valley have been doing with the Just Deeds Coalition and how that work illuminates both the city’s past and present.

Many may be familiar with the Mapping Prejudice project, as well as the Just Deeds Coalition that emerged from it.  However, Cisnernos notes, “the January 12 talk will present an opportunity to go deeper than past presentations, highlighting developments and a context uniquely pertinent to Golden Valley.”

Golden Valley was growing into a city at the same time racial housing covenants in the Twin Cities and elsewhere were in most common use. It will come as no surprise, therefore, that as Mapping Prejudice’s research has progressed, numerous covenants have turned up in this city. But that is not all their research has turned up.

Cisneros will address the wider cultural context in which these covenants emerged in Golden Valley as well as share other ways that racial exclusion was practiced in this area.

“Those who put racially restrictive covenants in their houses’ deeds, decades ago, did not stop there,” Cisneros said. “They employed a symphony of interlocking, and sometimes more direct strategies to exclude based on race. This history might help us to reflect on how current policy discussions can also create exclusion, unintentionally or not.”

Originally from Robbinsdale, Cisneros lives in Golden Valley with her husband and four children in a home that had a racially restrictive covenant at the time her family bought it. “I felt compelled to have the covenant removed and to co-found the Just Deeds Coalition,” she said, “when I realized that my husband and children who are mixed-race Latino would not have been allowed to live in our neighborhood when our home was built in the 1950s.”

 The Thursday, January 12 talk is at 7 pm in the Society’s Historic Church, 6731 Golden Valley Road. It is free and open to Society members and the public. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Voices in the Valley: Amplifying Underrepresented Histories in Golden Valley

The Golden Valley Historical Society is the recipient of a $5,000 Union Pacific Railroad Community Ties Giving Program grant, which will allow GVHS to host a three-part series open to the public called "Voices in Valley: Amplifying Underrepresented Histories of Golden Valley.” These three talks will continue GVHS’s work of highlighting diverse community voices and histories as well as continuing the dynamics of historical storytelling that enrich us all. 


Elsa Kendig, co-chair of the GVHS program committee with Teresa Martin, shared: “The Golden Valley Historical Society is grateful for this support from Union Pacific. By hosting these dynamic speakers, we hope to help the community reflect on how we can turn what we learn into practical actions that build a healthier and more just Golden Valley.” 

Going Deeper With “Just Deeds:” Righting Old Wrongs and Fostering Justice Today
Maria Cisneros, 7pm, Thursday, Jan. 12, GVHS Historic Church

This program is described in greater detail above.

Unrepresented Voices in Museums
Steve Boyd-Smith, 7pm, Thursday, Feb. 9, GVHS Historic Church

Steve Boyd-Smith is a local exhibit planner who has worked with organizations throughout the country. Enlisting stories from a variety of museums, he will engage us in an important conversation about histories that have been erased, voices that are underrepresented in our museums, and the challenges and need for diverse representation and interpretation in Golden Valley, in Minnesota, and beyond.


Elizabeth Scheu Close: Pioneering Mid-Twentieth Century Architect
Jane Hession, 7pm, Wednesday, Mar. 8, Brookview-Golden Valley

To complete the series, Jane Hession, Minnesota-based author and architectural historian, will lead a discussion of her book, “Elizabeth Scheu Close: A Life in Modern Architecture.”

Schue Close was widely recognized as a pioneer of modern architecture and one of the few women who were practicing architects in the mid- twentieth century.  She designed homes and public buildings around the state including some in Golden Valley. Please note that this is a change for the norm, this program will take place on a Wednesday evening at Brookview-Golden Valley.

GVHS Historic Church & Museum. A 1910 postcard from the “History of Christmas” program. Inside the Historic Church and 1882 chapel.  The building’s basement filled with 1,000 vintage street signs for sale. Ewald Bros. Dairy exhibit in the Golden Valley History Museum. Photos by Jim Elert. 1910 Christmas postcard submitted from David Kuball’s personal collection.

Once a year, the Golden Valley Historical Society flings open its doors and invites the public and family members of all ages to check out the museum, the church building, and 1882 chapel. For those – and we know it’s most of Golden Valley – who continue to be curious what’s behind the doors of this iconic building at 6731 Golden Valley Road, here’s what you can do on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 11am to 3pm:



You can own a piece of Golden Valley history. Over 1,000 decommissioned city street signs – many from the late 1940s era – are being sold for $25 on Dec. 10, just in time for holiday gift-giving.


From Avondale to Zane, from Aquila to Zealand, that special sign you’re seeking may be available. They’re a perfect gift for a basement or garage, as a gift for a family member, college student’s dorm room, and best-ever gift for the nostalgic former resident. Enter through the Golden Valley History Museum door, toward the back of the building. Pay with cash or check only.


Want to know if the special sign your hoping to purchase is available? In advance of the sale, you can check out the Street Sign Inventory which is as up-to-date as Society volunteers can promise.


If you’re interested in a sign, but unable to attend the December 11 sale, here is the Street Sign Order Form which can also be found under “About Us” at




You can visit the national award-winning Golden Valley History Museum.  Open since Sept. 2018 (and closed for a year-and-a-half due to Covid), the museum presents the history of Golden Valley from pre-European contact to today. Current topics include the former Golden Valley High School; the first Byerly’s Foods; Golden Valley Garden Club; Ewald Bros. Dairy; Golden Valley Fire Department; and civil rights and leadership in the city.




You can visit the Historic Church and its original, 1882 chapel, the oldest in Golden Valley. If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like inside what’s often called the “Little Church in the Valley” as you travel Golden Valley Road, this
is your chance for a walk-through. The 80-capacity chapel hosts weddings, memorial services, vow renewals, and other special events.  Ask a volunteer about rental possibilities.


You can attend a special, free holiday history program. Local history buff David Kuball will present “The History of Christmas: The History and Symbology of the Holiday” on Dec. 10, 1pm, in The Don & Mary Anderson Chapel of the Historic Church. 

We may like to think that the Christmas holiday has always been celebrated the way that it is today. However, we don’t have to go too far back in time to find that Christmas has changed a great deal.

“The evolution of Christmas includes many bumps and gyrations,” Kuball says. “You may be surprised to find that Christmas was both controversial and ignored at different points in history.” At the same time, some key people promoted Christmas and shaped it to be the holiday as we know it today.”

Suitable for all ages, the presentation will explore various traditions, the evolution of the holiday, and contemplate how early Golden Valley settlers may have celebrated Christmas.

The Christmas holiday includes symbols, images, and colors that many have come to recognize.  How are they associated with the holiday, and what is the special meaning behind them? “Discover how something as common as the Christmas tree may have more symbolism than you may have imagined,” Kuball added.



You can give the gift of Golden Valley history. Wrapped, one-year GVHS gift memberships will be available for purchase on Dec. 10. Give someone you love a great stocking-stuffer ($20 individual, $25 family.) Recipients will receive a monthly newsletter and invitations to free history programs and other special events where they can join others who love and appreciate local history.

Dr. Kasey Keeler

Photo credit: (Left) University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology. (Right) Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission

A virtual and in-person Golden Valley Historical Society program

On Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, the Golden Valley Historical Society (GVHS) will continue its series on Ȟaȟa Wakpadaŋ (the Dakota name for Bassett Creek) and how the watershed relates to the area now called Golden Valley.


GVHS is pleased to present Dr. Kasey Keeler, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her talk will focus on the perspectives she encountered while conducting oral history interviews with 14 Native American people who live, work, or play in the Ȟaȟa Wakpadaŋ watershed.


Dr. Keeler is partnering with Valley Community Presbyterian Church, which received a Legacy Amendment grant to support this project. The church (located on the east side of Highway 100 just a few blocks north of the creek) pursued this project as a follow-up action after writing its land acknowledgement statement.


Dr. Keeler’s research explores the relationship between Native people and the Ȟaȟa Wakpadaŋ watershed. It also reflects on what it means to be a Native person living in the suburbs.


From both of these topics emerged stories that serve to remind us, Dr. Keeler says, “that suburbs are historically Indian places, places that we have always been, and places where we belong.” 
Dr. Keeler reminds us that, “We live in an Indigenous landscape.” This understanding emphasizes that Native viewpoints, past and present, are integral to the history of this area. Her words also encourage everyone to be respectful neighbors while living in the homelands of the Dakota people.


GVHS hopes that this second in a two-part series on the Ȟaȟa Wakpadaŋ watershed will encourage participants to reframe the area they live in as defined by interconnections – of water, stories, relationships, and time – instead of by boundaries. 


Project manager Crystal Boyd says, “We are grateful to Dr. Keeler and all of the project participants for speaking about their lives and sharing their thoughts on the watershed, including their hopes for how human relationships and natural areas can be restored.”


A self-described “suburban Indian,” Dr. Keeler was raised in the Twin Cities on Dakota homelands. She is an enrolled citizen of the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians and a direct descendant of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.  


Dr. Keeler teaches American Indian Studies at UW-Madison with further specialization in Civil Society & Community Studies within American Indian communities. She is currently working on a book, American Indians and the American Dream, which analyzes ways in which American Indian people have worked both against and with federal Indian policy to navigate home ownership both off- and on-reservation.


Dr. Keeler will present virtually on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 pm. Join the presentation and discussion using this link:


A hybrid opportunity is also available as the presentation will be live-streamed on a large screen at the Society’s Historic Church at 6731 Golden Valley Road.


The program is free and open to Society members and the public. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Two programs about Bassett Creek or Haha Wakpadan


PART I: Thursday, Oct. 13

On Thursday, Oct. 13, GVHS will present “Reforming our Relationship with the Bassett Creek Watershed: A History,” a talk by Laura Jester, Administrator of the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission (BCWMC). She will speak about the history of restorative efforts for the Bassett Creek Watershed, as well provide insights into how and why watersheds like Bassett Creek, whose Dakota name is Haha Wakpadaŋ, deteriorated after European settlers began to use it.  


Many Golden Valley residents live on lands that were originally heavily dotted with wetlands fed by the watershed. This affects our homes and how we live in them.


“As we become increasingly aware that our water system’s health and sustainability are foundational to everything else we do,” Jester shared, “this presentation will help attendees understand not only the history of the watershed, but the possibilities for renewed relationship with this core aspect of our community.”


Jester has worked in the water resources field for 30 years and has been the Administrator of the BCWMC for the last 10 years. She has a BS in aquatic toxicology and MS in aquatic ecology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.


The Thursday, October 13 talk is at 7 pm in the Society’s Historic Church at 6731 Golden Valley Road.  The program is free and open to Society members and the public. A question-and-answer session will follow.


PART II: Thursday, Nov. 10

GVHS will follow up with a Thursday, Nov. 10 program, “Haha Wakpadaŋ/Bassett Creek Oral History Project,” by Professor Kasey Keeler, assistant professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will talk about suburban American Indians and their relationships to the Bassett Creek/Haha Wakpadaŋ watershed.


More details on this 7 pm in-person or virtual program will follow on this website and in the November GVHS newsletter.

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