Golden Valley Historical Society

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


Our Mission

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 temporarily closed as a precautionary measure related to limiting the spread of COVID-19.


Join the Golden Valley Historical Society to help preserve Golden Valley's history and receive updates about the Society's projects and events.


Support the Golden Valley Historical Society by purchasing GVHS merchandise or second generation street signs from the City of Golden Valley. Proceeds support our mission.


From Adair to Zane, from Avandale to Zealand, we’ve got 1,200 vintage Golden Valley street signs for sale. At $25 each, they’re perfect for holiday gift-giving, and the perfect fund-raiser for the Society.

Peruse the updated “Street Sign Inventory” and “Street Sign Order Form” by going to “Support Us” at www.goldenvalleyhistoricalsociety.orgWhile we remain closed for in-person interactions during this Covid time, you can send in your order now and we’ll do our best to get a vintage sign to you for the holidays. (We can mail your sign for an additional $10 shipping and handling fee). Questions? Contact Don Anderson at 763-588-8578 or

On a beautiful Saturday, Nov. seventh morning, a crew of Golden Valley Historical Society volunteers with a joyful spirit took on the annual fall yard clean-up task at the Historic Church and Museum.


The volunteers battled swirling winds with their own rakes and tarps from brought from home, and here greatly aided by the three jumbo, gas-powered backpack leaf-blowers Mike Nielsen was able to procure.


Once the grounds were in pristine condition, the crew even found the time to right the ever-leaning welcoming sign in front of the Historic Church and Museum.


Our sincere thanks go to Jenny Brookins, Jim Elert, Ken Huber, David and Jan Kuball, Mike Nielsen, Cindy and John Nelson, Steve Schmidgall, and to Don Anderson to stopped by to congratulate the crew and provide moral support upon completion of the task

photo credit Jim Elert

Left to right: Steve Schmidgall, John Nelson, Jim Elert, Ken Huber, Jim Nielsen, David Kuball, Cindy Nelson, Jenny Brookins

GOLDEN VALLEY, MN (August 25, 2020) The Golden Valley Historical Society is pleased to announce a new documentary tracing the history of Golden Valley through the words of individuals who have a passion for sharing their personal experiences, stories, and research about Golden Valley. “Our Town’s Story—Golden Valley” will debut on September 17. 

Work on the documentary began in 2019 through a community partnership between the Golden Valley Historical Society and CCX Media.  CCX Media has served Golden Valley and eight neighboring northwest suburbs for over 30 years and is in the midst of producing a history video for each city.  Documentaries for Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, Plymouth, and Robbinsdale can be found at

Due to COVID-19, “Our Town Story – Golden Valley” will debut through a virtual “made for TV and Facebook” event hosted by the Golden Valley Historical Society and CCX Media on Thursday September 17 at 6:00pm. The event will include a live discussion about the importance of preserving Golden Valley’s history, a showing of the 33-minute documentary, and a post-showing “reminiscing” time when viewers can submit questions through Facebook.

For directions on how to connect to the event, please go to or contact Dave Kiser at CCX Media at 763-278-4169 or

The September 17 debut event will be recorded and replayed on Sunday September 20 at 7:00pm on CCX Media Channel 799/12.  The in-studio event will be available for ongoing viewing at The 33-minute video will be available ongoing viewing at

“Our Town’s Story – Golden Valley” explores the natural amenities, area settlement, civic activities, educational organizations, and development stages that shaped the area over the years.  Individuals interviewed for the video included members of the Golden Valley Historical Society, past and current political figures, and community residents.

Timeline of video production:

-Held initial meetings in early 2019
-Conducted interviews and captured community video during spring and summer 2019
-Gathered historical photographs during winter 2019/2020
-Completed video editing during summer 2020

See the rich history of Golden Valley come to life through video during an exciting debut event on Thursday September 17 at 6:00 pm.

About the Golden Valley Historical Society

The Golden Valley Historical Society (GVHS) was organized in 1974. Its mission is to find, preserve, and disseminate historical knowledge about the city of Golden Valley, Minnesota. In 1997, GVHS acquired the city's oldest church building as a permanent home. The historic church was constructed in 1882 and is often used as a wedding venue and to host a variety of speakers and presentations. The museum addition was constructed in 2012, and GVHS opened the Golden Valley History Museum in 2018. Both the church and museum are operated by GVHS. The society also collects and preserves oral histories, photographs, video histories, and three-dimensional objects. Due to COVID-19, the museum is currently closed until further notice. Learn more at

View the Facebook video from the CCX Debut

Golden Valley History Museum Status


The GVHS board of directors continues to discuss when the Museum can be reopened for guests and when monthly history programs can again be hosted in the Historic Church.


Before making the decision, we will:

--continue to monitor Minnesota Department of Health updates,
--continue to review all of the Governor’s protocols and guidelines,
--look for a continued downward trend in infections, and
--seek confidence in our ability to have our guests, greeters, and other volunteers feel and be safe


Thank you for your patience and understanding.  Once a date for reopening is set, we will communicate this through the GVHS newsletter, our website, our Facebook page (,  and in local media outlets.


The reopening announcement is sure to include safety measures such as wearing masks, hand washing, and social distancing. Stay safe. We look forward to seeing you once again.

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The Golden Valley Historical Society's mission is to find, preserve, and disseminate the historical knowledge about the City of Golden Valley, Minnesota.

EIN: 23-7436365


(763) 588-8578


6731 Golden Valley Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55427

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Last update: 12-29-2019