New Brighton, Minnesota
Background on the NBAHS
The New Brighton Area Historical Society (NBAHS) logo at the right shows, top, clockwise, the Exchange Hotel in 1891, built to accommodate the cattlemen coming to the stockyards; the Bulwer Junction Depot, now the New Brighton History Center; the stockyards at the turn of the century; and the railroad, all of which helped put New Brighton on the map.
The New Brighton History Center is located in Long Lake Regional Park, north of the old downtown area in New Brighton on Old Highway 8. Our address there is 700 Park Drive, New Brighton, MN 55112. Our mailing address is PO Box 120624, New Brighton, MN 55112.
The New Brighton Area Historical Society (NBAHS) was founded in 1980 when four residents of the city met to organize the society. Julie Beisswenger, Gene Skiba, Leone Aronson, and Joyce Kloncz met initially in late 1979 to discuss how to set up the organization. Subsequent planning meetings brought in Jan Newham, who was then earning a degree from Metropolitan State University in Practical History. The society was fortunate to use her class papers for the foundations of the society. Later that winter, a meeting was held at Julie Beisswenger’s home where area residents were invited to hear David Nysteun from the Minnesota Historical Society, who gave tips, ideas, and yet, pitfalls which the group might encounter. In January, 1980, the first annual meeting was held.
Soon the organization became a robust, growing group that first met at the old New Brighton Elementary School, which was then designated as a community center. Julie Beisswenger became the Society’s first president.
Julie Beisswenger’s goals were to have a book written about the New Brighton area and to have a museum for the organization. Gene Skiba began the long process of writing his book, A Centennial History of New Brighton, Minnesota, which was published in 1987, New Brighton’s centennial year.
The Society celebrated its 36th Anniversary in April of 2016, at which time a program on New Brighton’s civic events was given by Wayne Searles and Fred Behrens, long-time New Brightonites.
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