White Bear Lake Area Historical Society

Mission Statement

The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society connects the community to its past and cultivates an appreciation for our history.

Contact Information

2228 Fourth Street
White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110

General Information

Alternative Name
White Bear Historical Society, White Bear Lake Historical Society, WBLAHS, White Bear Area Historical Society
Principal Staff
Sara Hanson
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Board Chair
Rheanna O'Brien
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Impact and Programs

The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society was able to raise funds through private donations and grants to confidently commence the Structural Stabilization Project at the Fillebrown House. We connected with more than 3,000 people at the "A Walk Down Memory Lane" during White Bear Lake's Marketfest event. We provided 25 programs with the Ramsey and Washington County Library Systems averaging 23 attendees per program and bringing a variety of local history topics to the public.
Current Goals
The current year's goals are: to coordinate the White Bear Town Hall project to bring the story of White Bear Township to life, to grow our group tour and program offerings with the libraries and other organizations, to launch a revised and updated curriculum with a variety of offerings linked with statewide education standards and our new space and reopened Fillebrown House.
Community or Constituency Served
The White Bear Lake Area Historical Society serves the residents of and visitors to the five municipalities that touch White Bear Lake itself: Birchwood, Dellwood, Mahtomedi, White Bear Lake, and White Bear Township.
Geographic Area Served
Portions of Ramsey and Washington Counties that touch the shore of White Bear Lake.


3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $69,883 77%
Management $14,319 15.8%
Fundraising $0 0%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2013 2012 2011
End of Year: $79,945 $41,733 $41,925
Beginning of Year: $41,733 $41,925 $38,521
Difference: $38,212 ($192) $3,404

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