Lake Minnetonka Historical Society to Host Book Launch for “The History of Big Island, Lake Minnetonka” on December 4

Excelsior, MN – The Lake Minnetonka Historical Society is set to host an exciting book launch and signing event for “The History of Big Island, Lake Minnetonka,” authored by historian Paul Maravelas. The event is scheduled for Monday, December 4, starting at 6:30 pm at the Excelsior Brewing Company, located at 421 Third Street in Excelsior.

The evening will kick off with the sale of autographed copies of the book at 6:30 pm, followed by a brief presentation by the author at 7:00 pm. During the presentation, Maravelas will delve into the rich history of Big Island Lake Minnetonka, sharing intriguing discoveries and insights gathered during his fifteen years of dedicated research. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase and have their books signed even after the presentation.

Published by Minnetonka Press, “The History of Big Island, Lake Minnetonka” is available for $65.00. Moreover, ten percent of the evening’s book sales will contribute to supporting the Lake Minnetonka Historical Society’s endeavors. Attendees can also enjoy beverages from Excelsior Brewing Company, available for purchase throughout the event.

For additional details and free registration, interested individuals can visit big island,, or contact the Society at or 952-474-2115.

The Lake Minnetonka Historical Society, founded in October 2023, amalgamates the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society, the Museum of Lake Minnetonka, the Wayzata Historical Society, and the Westonka Historical Society. With one of the largest archival and three-dimensional collections of Lake Minnetonka history, the society maintains resources both in-person and online, including a Research Archives in Wayzata and Museums in Excelsior, Mound, and Wayzata.

The society not only curates the lake’s history but also engages the public through various programs and experiences. They publish and sell numerous books delving into the area’s history and are actively working towards restoring their historic 1906 streetcar steamboat, “Minnehaha,” for operation on Lake Minnetonka, preserving its legacy as a floating museum.

For further information, visit or contact the society at or 952-474-2115.

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