Excelsior Avenue in 1908

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.

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


Hopkins: Through the Years

Learn more the Hopkins Historical Society's Hopkins: Through The Years, covering Hopkins history from the 1880s to 2000s.