Fall Fun ! Announcing Upcoming Roaring 20’s Christmas Exhibit

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Come Join Us

The Holidays with Your Family
Celebrate Flappers Speakeasies
Tin Lizzies Charleston
by stepping out to the
Fridley Historical Center
“It’s sure to be the bee’s knees.”

Grand Opening – Saturday, November 14, 2015
11 am – 3 pm

Special appearance by Mayor Scott and Cindy Lund
Noon – 2 pm

Exhibit Hours – FREE ADMISSION
Saturday –  November 14 – December 27 – 11 am – 3 pm
Tuesdays – November  17 – December 22 – 1 pm – 3  pm

Exhibit includes: Historical Vignettes, Operating Train Set,
Trivia, Children’s Activities, Photo Booth & Treats for All!

  • Hours:  
    Fridley History Center is open
    2nd & 4th Saturday of each month from 11-3

    Upcoming Events:

  • Trivia Contest – Saturday, October 24 6 :00 pm—8:00 pm Fridley History Center – Call Lori at 612-963-1485 to register

  •  Hall of Fame Induction & Luncheon – Saturday, November 7 at the Fridley Community Center Fireside Room.  Doors open @ 12:30 – This years Inductees are:  Earl Bakken, Ralph Messer, Siah St. Clair, and Connie Thompson.   Come and celebrate with us.

  • November 14th ~ Christmas Exhibit Opens ! We invite all to come to the grand opening of  our new exhibit ~ the Christmas of the Roaring ’20’s. This year’s exhibit will include a Speak Easy which was popular in the 1920’s and also special guest appearance by a gangster and a flapper ~ on opening day only.  After this grand day, it will be open 11:00-3:00 each Saturday through December 19 and each Tuesday 1:00-3:00 through December 22nd.  Expect to see Christmas decorations, clothes, magazines, pictures, factoids, and enjoy light snacks and beverages – all of that era.  There will also be activities for kids.  Bring the whole family!

Check out Research Support for 1965 Tornadoes
If you have any information please let Allen Taylor know
and he will coordinate it with research team.

May 6 – Tornado Presentation – DVD’s available

DVDs of the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Tornadoes Program are available at the Fridley History Center they are $10……and, if need to be mailed $15.

More is Happening in 2015

  • SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 – TRIVIA CONTEST – 6 :00 pm—8:00 pm Fridley History Center
    Call Lori at 612-963-1485 to register
  • NOVEMBER & DECEMBER- CHRISTMAS EVENT – Plan now for a great family annual event – if you have good quality holiday items you want donate to the Fridley Historical Society – Call or email.

Fridley History Center Open House (FREE ADMISSION)

  • Every 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the Month – Come and Visit Us between 11 am and 3 pm.

Help Support Fridley Historical Society – consider a tax-deductible donation.

Thank you to all who volunteered for the Christmas Exhibit!

18 thoughts on “Fall Fun ! Announcing Upcoming Roaring 20’s Christmas Exhibit

  1. Wonderful exhibit! Like I was back in time. The tree was my favorite part. And right upstairs I was able to enjoy the stories of the 1965 Fridley tornadoes. I am embarrassed having just discovered this museum today after living in Fridley for so many decades. I will be back!!

  2. I need a clarification regarding the original Cub Foods in 1968. I remember that Fridley was the first Cub Foods on Osborne Rd across from Bobs Produce. I have read that it was first built in Stillwater but I also know the original owners were FROM Stillwater. Can you clarify ?

    • Hi Frank, you are right ~ the original owners were from Stillwater, but the first Cub Foods was in Fridley on Osborne Road, and it was similar to what Sam’s is now with the flat bed carts and large quantities, but you had to use a black marker to write the price on your items. Anyhow, after they had presented the Fridley Historical Society with a generous donation during their ribbon cutting ceremony when they had their Grande Re-opening in Fridley (which the manager had made the decision to give us because of the history Cub Foods had with Fridley), I went on their website to thank them again publicly. It was there that I noticed the inaccuracy of their posted history, and I did write them about it.
      In researching other items in history, I have noticed that not all accounts are exactly the same. This probably happens because of perspective of those who lived it or because of the ones who heard the stories retell them inaccurately.
      Thanks for the question, Frank.

  3. If we want to write a check to purchase the books would we make the check out to the historical society or Allen Taylor? Can they be purchased the night of the anniversary presentation? Thanks in advance :) !

    • Dear Jennifer,
      You will be able to purchase Al Taylor’s tornado books the night of the event, and he will be happy to autograph them. Please make the checks payable to Al Taylor, and he will donate a percentage to the Fridley Historical Society.
      See you on May 6th.

  4. WANTED……ARTIFACTS OF THE 1965 TORNADOES AND THEIR STORIES As part of this historic 50th anniversary year of the tornadoes, we are putting together a permanent exhibit at the Fridley History Center. We are hoping that if anyone in the area would have an artifact they would like to donate, please bring it to the History Center, along with your name and address and a short story about it. These donations will add a lot of interest to the exhibit, will be handled gently, and will be carefully placed in a locked display case for everyone to see. Thank you very much!

  5. Do you remember the name of a smorsgasbord in 1968 that was located near Moore Lake. We had our class picture in sixth grade taken there. Trying to remember the restaurant’s name… Thank you for your help.

  6. DVDs of the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Tornadoes Program will be available at the Fridley History Center as of Saturday, May 23rd…..$10……and, if need to be mailed $15.

    Anyone interested in coming along on the Manomin on the Mississippi Fridley River History Tour and Lunch on Sunday, June 28 from 11-3, please call the Fridley Park and Recreation Center @ (763)572-3570 or go on line FridleyMN.gov to register. $23 for tour and lunch. The Fridley Historical Society is excited to co-sponsor this history tour which will conclude Fridley’s ’49er Days Festival. Learn of Fridley’s history and stories told by residents in full costume, portraying early settlers. Step back in time aboard a vintage, classic Twin Cities transit bus. The tour will include narrated stops along the way, ending with lunch at the historic Riedel House located in Riverfront Park. The bus departs and returns to the Fridley History Center, 611 Mississippi St., Fridley. Come and view the many History Center exhibits 1/2 hour before and after the tour, including the commemorative display of the 1965 tornadoes.

  8. Hi,
    Would like to get your 50th anniversary DVDs on the 1965 Tornadoes mailed to me, who can I contact ?
    Thanks, Mike Brighton. Toledo, Ohio

    • Hi Mike,
      I am the contact person, and I’d be happy to send you a DVD of the 50th Anniversary Program. Just write a check for $15 to the Fridley Historical Society, and mail it to the Fridley History Center at 611 Mississippi St., Fridley, Mn. 55432. I will send a DVD to your address in Toledo, Ohio.
      Thanks for your order.
      Dorothy Gargaro

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