About the NBAHS 

A Brief History of the Last Thirty-Five Years of the Society’s Accomplishments


•  Incorporated in 1980.

•  Held first annual meeting April, 1980.

•  Began photograph copying.

•  Began Stockyard Days in 1981 with the  New Brighton Jaycees and Engine #328.

•  Accepted the Bulwer Junction depot from the Soo Line, 1982.



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•  Produced original play, “Tales, Ties, & Tallow” for 1987 Centennial celebration.

•  Produced a slide show, “Farmers & Packers,” narrated by WCCO’s Ray Christensen.

•  Published Gene Skiba’s book, A Centennial History of New Brighton, Minnesota.”

•  Began fundraising efforts to move depot to Long Lake Park.


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•  Accepted $25,000 “Celebrate MN 1990” grant to begin depot renovation.    

•  Matched grants with labor & funds from other civic groups & volunteers.

•  Moved depot to Long Lake Park in 1990.

•  Co-sponsored a 100th Incorporation Dinner in 1991 with City of New Brighton.

•  Received 3 “Picture-It-Painted” paint grants from Valspar.

•  Wrote the winning proposal for Valspar caboose in 1992.

•  Accepted Kermit and Eyleen Hedman railroad collection in 1994.

 With major renovation completed, prepared to open museum to public on weekends. 


•  Opened the New Brighton History Center to the public in 1995.

•  Continued fundraising efforts and accepted continued donations from local civic groups, clubs, and individuals for renovation.

 •  Developed three major photo displays for museum interior, one on residences and farms, one on aerial maps, and a third exhibit which included photos of business and industry, schools, churches, families and family gatherings, farming, and weddings.

•  Reproduced the play, “Tales, Ties, and Tallow” in 1998.



•  Along with the Shoreview Historical Society and the City of Arden Hills, sponsored a reunion picnic for families displaced when the arsenal was built in 1941.

•  Published second hard-cover book: A Pictorial History: New Brighton Area, Minnesota, From the 1880s-1950s.

•  Continued annual events:  Antique Appraisal Show, Rhubarb Fest, Victorian Tea & Doll Show, Stockyard Days & “Over 80s Harvest Dinner.”

• Participated in New Brighton’s Town Hall Meeting for over ten years.

•  Published third hard-cover book: A Pictorial History: New Brighton Area, Minnesota, From the 1950s-2000s.

•  Continued to open depot to public 1-4 PM Saturdays & Sundays, June- September.

•  Celebrated 25th Anniversary of Society in 2005.

•  Established a web site, accessible at City of New Brighton web site:                                  www.ci.new-brighton.mn.us and at our site at www.newbrightonhistory.com

•  Painted the Great Northern caboose.

•  Installed historically accurate decals on Great Northern caboose. 


•  Installed a new roof, repainted the museum, restained the deck.

•  Continued to offer interesting programs at local history presentations and at Annual   Meetings.

•  Continued the successful Rhubarb Fests and Over 80s Dinners.

•  Maintained the museum, its interior, and the caboose.

•  Completed the renovation of the Great Northern caboose interior.

•  Celebrated 36 years as the New Brighton Area Historical Society.

•  Established a Facebook page: Search: New Brighton Area Historical Society

•  Completed the scanning of 185 photos and documents from TCAAP archives: Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant.

•  Completed the scanning of an additional 2000 New Brighton Bulletin and Gene Skiba photographs, with a total of 4565 photographs in the Society’s collections.

New Brighton Area Historical Society : http://newbrightonhistory.com