We Love History

We are making history at the moment and social isolating

The Fridley History Museum will be closed through to the end of 2020.

Upcoming Events

Open House
Once reopened we will resume
Every 2nd & 4th Saturday
of the month from 11-3

Board Meeting
The Board of Directors meets at the History Center
on the first Thursday of every month at 4:30 p.m.

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

Tornado Presentation – 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.

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

Thank you to all who volunteer for our events.


25 thoughts on “We Love History

  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 ?

      • The owners were from Stillwater. (Hooey Brothers) But, yes the first Cub Foods opened in 1968 off of 47 and Osborne . In 1980 the company was bought by Supervalu. After the Northtown Cub Foods opened in 1983 the Fridley one closed.

    • 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

  9. We were talking at work today about Holly Shopping Center can you tell me the name of the grocery store that was there? I shopped there as a child was is Pennys? Also there was a little dress shop what was the name of that store. Thanks I loved that little mall as a child, the pet store was so fun.

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  11. Will you post a few pictures of Footlighters paybill programs on the Fridley Historical Center Facebook page for us to see. In particular two plays I remember. The Martian, and Diary of Anne Frank.

    Thank you.

    Former Fridleyite
    Residing South Minneapolis now

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