The Excelsior Commons and Community for the Commons were featured at an Excelsior Lake Minnetonka Historical Society (ELMHS) Tapping History event on October 10. Local historian, Scott McGinnis, provided a detailed history of the Commons in the 1800s and early 1900s. It was fascinating to learn how much some things change (did you know that the open area in front of the bandshell used to be a sailboat harbor?) while other things stay the same (the main charter / cruise boat dock really has not moved since it first appeared over 100 years ago).
The program then shifted to feature several of the Community for The Commons’ Board members, along with City Manager Kristin Luger, providing details on the Commons today, its funding, and the mission and purpose of Community for the Commons. The session was very well-attended and the Q&A with community members was active and insightful.