Throughout the year,
events such as Pops on the Porch, an Ice Cream Social, Spring
and Fall Programs and a Holiday Open House in December bring
members together to celebrate the history and heritage of the
lakeside community many of them call home.
The Fillebrown House
and Depot Museum offer opportunities to explore the history of
Minnesota's first resort town through two different perspectives.
The 1879 Victorian Cottage at 4735 Lake Avenue depicts life on
the lake throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries through
tours from costumed guides. The
Depot Museum at 4751 Highway 61 is still at the heart of a bustling
business district for the community and tells its story through
changing exhibits and displays.
The White Bear Lake
Depot also serves as office space for our historical society
and as a resource for the community. Artifact collections, documents
and photographs are available for genealogists, house historians,
journalists and other researchers to use in accordance with the
Historical Society's policies.
Our quarterly newsletter,
The Lake Area Preserver, keeps members informed of the exciting
happenings within the society and the community. Special articles
highlight different aspects of the lake area's past, and look
toward new opportunities to preserve the present for our future.
There is a little something for everyone!
The White Bear Lake Area Historical
Society connects our community to its past, fostering an understanding
and appreciation for our history.
We fulfill our mission by:
The 2005 Board of
- Holly Geck
Holly is our ‘president in waiting’ and we
are very fortunate to have snatched her! She has done so much
for us in the past 5 years….as the society’s Historian
she serves as the queen of acquisitioning and assessions for
donations and historical artifacts. Holly has solicited important
donations for the society’s collections. She knows what
to look for and also, equally important, when to say “no
thank you.” She always plays a key role in the Spring
Auctions, has hosted many teas and dinners.
Secretary - Corinna Morse
Corinna is one of our newest members. She recently moved
to the neighborhood (across the street from the Fillebrown
House) and, as she meandered across the lawn to see what
we were all about, we were immediately taken with her infectious
smile and enthusiasm and quickly enlisted her as one of our
own. She is our Queen of Support. As an at-large board member
she fills in a variety needs and cheerfully helps us fill
in the important missing gaps.
Treasurer Pro Tem- Mike Parenteau
Past President - Mary Berger
I just started my two year term as president
in January but I have been interested in the WBLAHS since
I was a girl and my mother (Lois Gillen) was president
in the late 70’s. I re-activated my interest as an
adult when I joined the board about 5 years ago initially
as the Program Coordinator. I have been very involved in
the Spring Auctions, chaired The St. Paul Foundation membership
grant effort, and serve as the community liaison for preservation.
Historian - Jean Woodberry
Jean is our In-House Empress. She provides the consistent
tender-loving care necessary to maintain the interior of the
Fillebrown House. You will find her washing floors and windows,
organizing drawers and closets, polishing silver, and fighting
the never-ending battle of the cobwebs. She arranges for spring
cleaning and makes sure that the piano is kept in tune. Additionally,
Jean plays a key role in education outreach and has been very
helpful in developing interpretive activities for school age
children in conjunction with our historical displays.
- Peter Reis
Peter is our Out-House Guru. (Sounds a bit odd…but
for those of you unfamiliar with our unusual vernacular ‘out-house’ refers
to all the needed support and activity related to the exterior
maintenance of the Fillebrown House and grounds.) You will
see Peter on the roof spot checking shingles, hanging storm
windows, applying his Master Gardeners skills in the yard,
and trying any number of clever combat tactics against the
pigeons who love to decorate the front porch. This spring Peter
put in a tremendous amount of hours and physical labor creating
an archival storage space for the WBLAHS in the City Hall basement.
Peter has served on the Minnesota Historical Society Board
for over 20 years. He recently made a major contribution to
the telling of our own local history by writing White Bear’s
Hometown Heroes: The Story of the White Bear Lake Volunteer
- Mike Campbell
|This is Mike’s third year with our board. He has taken
on the very important role of leading the Brick Paver fundraising
effort. This project will provide funds for our upcoming roof
replacement and will serve as an ongoing source of dollars
for repairs and maintenance of our treasured Fillebrown House.
Mike recently served as co-chair of the Spring Auction and
offers continual assistance to the Out-House function.
Community Relations Liaison - Penny Norman
|Penny is one of our new board members joining this year.
She has taken on the exciting new Calendar Project. For the
first time the WBLAHS will be creating a 2005 historic photo
calendar of our community. Penny is coordinating support from
the local businesses to make this a very successful fundraiser
for us. Penny is also a terrific help with our many events
Tour Coordinator - Flora Lee Rauch
|Flora Lee coordinates the Fillebrown House Tours. She is
particularly gifted in the skills needed to recruit and train
new guides. Her love for the FH and its stories and treasures
are evident in her work. Flora Lee also provides regular staffing
support at the depot and continually provides key support at
Executive Director - Sara Markoe Hanson
Sara Markoe Hanson was raised in White
Bear Lake and left for a short period to attend college
at St. Cloud State University where she received a BA in
American Studies and a MA in Public History. After college
she married and moved out of state for a few years, but
has returned to the area and is excited about her position
with the WBLAHS. Her love of history and the opportunity
to return home could not have blended more smoothly with
the needs of the Society.
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