Historical Society

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Hopkins History Center Moving to Mainstreet: Get Involved In This Historic Move

Thanks to the generosity of Albert Pike Masonic Lodge members and the vision of Hopkins City leaders, the Hopkins Historical Society will be moving its museum into the former Lodge Building at 907 Mainstreet. The Hopkins Historical Society needs everyone’s help as the process begins. Find out more by viewing the Hopkins Highlights July 2016 (PDF) and consider donating.

Hopkins Historical Society

Since 1972, the Hopkins Historical Society has been dedicated to preserving the history of the Hopkins community. They are a resource center of over 10,000 photographs depicting historical Hopkins including county fairs, the Raspberry Festival, schools and economic development. The Historical Society is also fortunate to have inherited, collected and preserved many Hopkins artifacts dating back to 1856 and local newspapers from the mid-1920's.

The Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that is supported by its members. They host many events throughout the year and publish a quarterly newsletter. For further information, please see the Historical Society website.

Hopkins Historic Homes Committee

The Historic Homes Committee identifies and catalogs historic Hopkins Homes. Once a year, proclamations are awarded to two Hopkins homes.

If you have a home you would like to have considered for a proclamation or any questions, visit the Hopkins Historic Homes Program webpage on the Hopkins Historical Society's website.


The Historical Society has many artifacts, photographs and written documents. Please call to make an appointment to view any of the historical archives:

  • Books, postcards, family scrapbooks, phonograph records, films and sheet music
  • City records
  • Community maps, 1854-
  • Family genealogies
  • The Hennepin County Review, 1925-
  • High School Yearbooks, 1934-
  • Hopkins directories, 1934-
  • Hopkins Historical Society meeting and Hopkins event video tapes
  • Local church history
  • Minneapolis Threshing Machine Company and Minneapolis Moline memorabilia
  • Obituary records (some on Microfiche), 1960-
  • Over 10,000 photographs
  • Over 100 audio-taped interviews with Hopkins families
  • Raspberry Festival memorabilia
  • Sun Sailor Newspapers, 1969-
  • Women's Club records, 1908-

Request for Proposal

The Hopkins Historical Society (HHS) seeks final proposals from qualified architect firms to develop a Historic Structure Report for the Albert Pike Masonic Lodge, Number 237 in conformance with the provisions of the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants Manual and the U.S. Department of the Interior Preservation Brief 43 guidelines.

View the Hopkins Historical Society Request for Proposal (RFP) (PDF).