The Hopkins Historical Society Museum is open from Labor Day through Memorial Day! You are welcome to visit us from September through May on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 12 noon. To visit the museum at any other time, including during the summer months, please call 952-548-6480 for an appointment.
Buy Your Hopkins Through the Years Books Here
It has come to the attention of the historical society that its published history book on our town, Hopkins Through the Years, has appeared on Internet sites like Amazon.com for highly inflated prices. We found one book advertised as ‘new’ with an asking price of $98.11! Used books with lower prices have also been advertised, but even at the lowest price plus shipping, one would be better off buying the same book new from HHS. The cost of Hopkins Through the Years – NEW – is still just $20.00 plus shipping, if applicable, when you buy from us. Save yourself some money and support our society by buying your Hopkins history books direct from the source.
Fee Schedule for Research Services
Fees are charged for some research services performed at the Hopkins Historical Society. For most members’ requests, these fees are small or do not apply. Museum admission is still free. Please see our services and fees page for details.
1872 Diary of George M. Burnes
Read the 1872 Diary of George M. Burnes online – a year in the life of a young Hopkins farmer.
The 1872 diary of George M. Burnes II, a member of one of the first Hopkins area settler families, recounts the daily events in the life of a 25-year-old farmer. (Because George’s cursive writing is difficult to read, the diary is transcribed.) The entries are short and to the point, but taken as whole they give a rather vivid account of life in Hopkins just a few years after the Civil War.
Just love your old Hopkins-area house? Apply for local historic status! It’s easy. Click here for a printable application, stop by the Hopkins Historical Society, or call 952-548-6480 and we will assist you. Awards are given each October.
Hopkins Through the Years
Take a tour of home town memories and see Hopkins history come alive in this special look at Hopkins starting from the 1880s. Available now.
- Home and Farm Hundreds of fascinating clothing and household items, tools and equipment provide a glimpse of life in Hopkins from the early 1900s to mid-twentieth century.
- Architectural Remnants Many pieces in the museum reflect the varied and interesting architectural past of Hopkins. The centerpiece of the collection is the beautiful stained glass window from the stately former landmark Dow House.
- Raspberry Festival Memorabilia Nothing says Hopkins quite like its annual Raspberry Festival. The museum’s displays showcase the festival’s many fun events and make you feel like you’re there.
The following sponsors have contributed generously to the Hopkins Historical Society and have made this web site possible:
- City of Hopkins, Minnesota — General operating and technical support
- Indermaur, Inc. — Technology consulting and implementation
The Hopkins Historical Society welcomes the support of donors and members. Please click here for more on the benefits of society membership.