The Robbinsdale Historical Society  was organized in 1977. We collect, preserve and tell the story of Robbinsdale’s past. We now number over 200 of your former classmates, teammates, neighbors and perhaps spouses.


Girling Gets There Cheaper than Train Fare

Thomas H. Girling was born in Nottingham, England in 1865. He came to America with his parents in 1872. Thirty years later he opened a small printing business and began […]


MacDonald & Russ

The MacDonald and Russ Grocery on the southwest corner of 42nd and West Broadway. Pictured from left to right are Everie Russ, Ross Wiley, Allan MacDonald and Herbert Clasen. After […]


A Typical Home?

“Typical Hone- Home owning is Robbinsdale’s major “industry”. Many beautiful homes such as this one owned by Reuben Katz adorn residential avenues.” from a Sunday Minneapolis Tribune Sunday Magazine featuring […]


Villas Avenue?

About 1925 the names of the streets were changed to eliminate duplication and to bring about a unified system between the villages of Crystal, Golden Valley, and Robbinsdale. Villas Avenue […]


The Twin Lake Highlands Addition

            ” A new addition just being platted. Twenty acres of beautifully wooded high land bordering the lake shore. This addition extends from Forty-fourth Avenue North to Twin Lake and […]


Robbinsdale Public School

In 1913 the old Parker School, built in 1890, was deemed too small for a growing student body numbering over 200 students. $14,000 in bonds were issued to pay for […]


Ben Franklin

The Ben Franklin five and dime variety store chain was established in 1927. At its peak, there were 2,500 stores nationwide. Hollsten’s owned and operated the Robbinsdale on West Broadway […]


Peace Lutheran Church

Robbinsdale churches experienced a building boom in the 1950’s. Olivet United Methodist led the way, breaking ground at Chowen and 43rd Avenue North in 1950. A couple years later, Faith […]


Buses on Broadway

Beginning in 1942 a Twin City Rapid Transit feeder bus met the Penn Avenue streetcar in Minneapolis at a terminal near 42nd and Thomas and went to Robbinsdale along 42nd, […]

Come and join us!

Our museum in the old Robbinsdale Library at 4915 42nd Avenue North  is open Fridays and Saturdays  from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Tours are available for class rooms and other groups. Please call (763) 202-3529 to make an appointment.

Membership is an easy way to keep in touch.

Yearly dues are $15.00
Keep up to date through our monthly news letter.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday October 28: Membership Meeting
 Bill Ewald, member of the Ewald Dairy Family, is our guest. Ewald Dairy
was an important part of Robbinsdale history. He has interesting images and stories from his family history.
Tuesday November 25: Membership Meeting

Our program is a presentation by the “Diggers” Garden Club that has done such wonderful job with the garden at our historic library building and many other Robbinsdale beauty spots.

Membership meetings are held on the fourth Tuesdayof the months March, April, May, September,October and November. We meet at 1:00 p.m. in thebasement of the police & fire station at 41-1/2 and Hubbard Avenue N.



A new Robbinsdale book from Arcadia Publishing is available at the Robbinsdale City Hall and the Robbinsdale Historical Society Museum.

If city hall and the museum are out of your way, ask for  “Robbinsdale” at fine retailers and better bookstores everywhere! If they don’t have it tell them to get it!

You can also order paperback and e-book versions of this Images of America title from Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.


We are a volunteer organization and try to raise money for our historical projects through fund raisers. Our largest revenue however, comes from the sale of these books. “Robbinsdale Then and Now” sells for $15.00 and the Robbinsdale High School Books are $20.00 each. You can pick up your copies at at the Robbinsdale City Hall, Robbinsdale Historical Society or by  calling Diane Jacobson at 651-633-6531  or Rollie Heywood at 763-535-7258.