The White Bear Area
Historic House Tour 2016!
Click on the photos below to view the of sites on this year's tour.
2016 Historic House Tour
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The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society would like to hear from you!
Please take a moment to complete our survey and tell us how we are doing. Your input is greatly appreciated as we set our course for the future.
The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society is the first organization to create an Endowment Fund with the newly formed Greater White Bear Lake Community Foundation
Check out this story on the new partnership in the White Bear Press.
Contributions to WBLAHS Endowment Fund can be made via:
- check made payable to WBLAHS (please indicate "Endowment Fund" on the memo line) and sent to WBLAHS, PO Box 10543, WBL, MN 55110
Online now by clicking here!
Your support today will make a difference in ensuring the WBLAHS will be around for future generations to learn about our past.
The White Bear Town Hall Has a New Home!
Watch the December 2015 episode of On Location TV19's Local Image and the January 2016 episode of Northeast Journal to learn more about the White Bear Town Hall and its move.
A Town Hall Rehabilitation Fund has been established to support this project. Please click here to make a contribution and be part of this historic effort!
Update: March 31, 2016
Representatives from White Bear Township and the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society assess the building to establish and prioritize a list of needs for the structure.
Update: March 21, 2016
The White Bear Town Board authorizes the creation of a site plan for the area surrounding the White Bear Town Hall at Polar Lakes Park.
Update: March 1, 2016
The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society receives notification that they have been awarded a grant to conduct research at the New-York Historical Society on the Cass Gilbert connection to the White Bear Town Hall.
Update: February 2, 2016
The White Bear Town Hall crowns the hill on the west side of the upper lot at Polar Lakes Park overlooking 35E. The building is now in position with a completed basement constructed underneath. Work on the additional repairs and programming of the building continues.
Update: November 21, 2015
Just after the stroke of midnight switching the calendar to November 21, 2015, the White Bear Town Hall pulled out of its longtime home on its way to its fourth, and hopefully, final site.
Crews worked throughout the chilly November night to get the structure safely to Polar Lakes Park just after 7:00am. To follow the journey through photos and video check us out on Facebook.
Update: October 5, 2015
The White Bear Town Board awarded the contract for the Town Hall relocation to Polar Lakes Park at their regular Town Board Meeting on Monday, October 5, 2015. The move is expected to take place before the end of 2015.
Update: July 26, 2015
The new site of the Historic Town Hall at Polar Lakes Park has been staked out!
Update: July 6, 2015
The White Bear Town Board met July 6th and made the motion to move forward with the Town Hall Preservation Project. Next steps include developing the implementation plan for the move.
THANK YOU to the White Bear Town Board for your commitment.
THANK YOU to all who came out to make their voices heard on this issue. We appreciate your support!
July 1, 2015
The historic White Bear Town Hall has been in jeopardy of demolition for several years. The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society has worked with the Township to develop a plan for relocation and educational programming in partnership with the local schools and youth programs. The Township has made progress with planning including identifying a site within Polar Lakes Park and preparing a site plan.
The Town Board plans to hear opinions and make a final decision at their regular meeting Monday, July 6th at 7pm at Heritage Hall. The Town Board is concerned about the cost of the project and the projected use of the facility. We need your support at this meeting to make the Town Hall Rehabilitation Project a reality.
If the Town Board decides on Monday evening to deny the proposal to preserve the center of Township government for more than 125 years the community will lose an asset that cannot be replaced.
To learn more about the proposed uses for the building and the community support for the project, please click here.