Golden Valley's 125th Anniversary

125th anniversary logoGolden Valley was incorporated as village Dec 16, 1886. The community celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2011 with a series of events planned and implemented by citizen volunteers, and many existing community activities were embellished to include an anniversary component.

Planning began in September 2010 with a Bridge Builder’s group that met to discuss possibilities. From there the 125th Anniversary Planning Team was formed to plan events and activities for the year, ending Dec 2, 2011 with a 125th Anniversary Commemorative Luncheon at the Golden Valley Golf and Country Club.

The commemorative luncheon program included recognition of Golden Valley Hall of Fame nominees, display of time capsule contents, a celebration of the year's activities, and more. Emcee was   Rena Sarigianopoulous, KARE 11 TV. Keynote speaker was Minnesota State Demographer Tom Gillaspy, who presented "The Future of Golden Valley."

More than 300 people attended the event, which was hosted by the Golden Valley Rotary, Golden Valley 125th Anniversary Team, and Golden Valley Golf & Country Club.

Commemorative Luncheon Slideshow

Interesting World-Wide Events During Golden Valley's First Year

125th Anniversary Events

Golden Valley commemorated its 125th anniversary with the following community events.

125th Logo Design Contest

student 125th logo125th anniversary logoThe 125th Anniversary Planning Team asked the community for help developing a logo to commemorate the City’s birthday and brand 125th anniversary materials and events. Judges chose two winners from nine entrants. Bill Collins of Golden Valley won the adult category (right), and Oriana Freeman, a student at Robbinsdale Middle School, won the student category (far right).

A History of General Mills in Golden Valley

General Mills archivist Suzie Goodsell presented a history of the Golden Valley corporation March 10, 2011, at the Golden Valley Historical Society Museum.

Diversity in Golden Valley

Marion Helland discussed events leading up to the formation of the Golden Valley Human Rights Commission at a presentation April 14, 2011, at the Golden Valley Historical Society.

A Photo Tour of Minnesota's Libraries

Doug Ohman, Midwest photographer of historic architecture, presented highlights from his book "Minnesota Libraries" April 16, 2011, at the Golden Valley Library, which was celebrating its own 40th anniversary in 2011.

Native Americans In Golden Valley in the 1800s

On May 12, 2011, the Golden Valley Historical Society hosted a presentation by Roxanne Gould and Jim Rock, educators at Wayzata High School and Augsburg College, on the history of Native Americans in the Golden Valley area in the 1800s.

Golden Valley History Tour

On May 21, 2011, a 1950s transit bus took a group of people back in time to visit sites and buildings important to Golden Valley's history.

Golden Valley Remembers... Historical Display

Golden Valley honored veterans with commemorative displays at City Hall and the Golden Valley Library in May and June 2011. Both displays were organized and arranged by two members of Golden Valley’s 125th Anniversary Planning Team.

Entitled “Golden Valley Remembers,” the displays featured photos, news clippings, correspondence, medals, memorabilia, and other artifacts on loan from Golden Valley residents who either served their country in the US military or had family members who did. The many items shown ranged from a Civil War powder horn, WWI sword, and WWII Wave uniform to a Korean Conflict letter home, a Vietnam Conflict Purple Heart, and an Afghanistan Conflict newspaper.

Brookview Golf Course Celebrates 125

Brookview Golf Course celebrated the City’s 125th anniversary at the Brookview Grill July 5, 2011, with a display of golf memorabilia and an all-day hot dog and soda special. There was also a display of old golf clubs and memorabilia collected by Tom Cook, Sr, the 2002 International Golf Club maker of the year.

Ice Cream Social

Golden Valley's fifth annual Bridge Builders Ice Cream Social at Brookview Park July 18, 2011, featured the First John Philip Sousa Memorial Band and free Sebastian Joe's ice cream.

Diamond Luncheon Honoring 75-Year Residents of Golden Valley

The Golden Valley Historical Society honored residents who have lived in Golden Valley for 75-plus years with a dinner and special program Sept 7 at the Golden Valley Golf and Country Club. Residents honored included Laurie Edling, Thomas Hart, Arlene Jensen, Roberta Gwen Johnson, Ed Jordan, Donna Kuiper, Reuben Prodahl, Teresa Raymond, and Kathyleen Reiser.

Valley Volunteer Day

The Envision Connection Project Bridge Builders sponsored Valley Volunteer Day Oct 1, 2011, to help beautify Golden Valley, promote healthy living, and share community pride. Activities included lilac planting along Hwy 55, a chalk drawing contest between the Golden Valley Library and City Hall, buckthorn busting in Brookview Park, a birding seminar on chimney swifts, and a trash pick-up along Laurel Ave Ponds.

Golden Valley Library 40th Anniversary

Friends of the Library hosted an open house and program at the Golden Valley library Oct 15 to commemorate the City's 125th anniversary and the library's 40th anniversary. The event included unveiling of a new mural created by Artist in Residence Peyton Russell and students from Perpich Center for Arts Education. The program concluded with "Legal Landmarks in Golden Valley," presented by Golden Valley attorneys Marshall Tanick, Lynn Gitelis, and Cathy Gorlin.

Essay Contest for 5th and 6th Grade Students

Four local students won honors in Golden Valley’s 125th Anniversary essay contest, sponsored by the Golden Valley 125th Anniversary Planning Team.student 125th logo

Golden Valley Celebrates 125... Historical Display

A display at City Hall in November and December 2011 commemorated the City's history in photos and artifacts. The display was organized and arranged by two members of Golden Valley’s 125th Anniversary Planning Team.

Time Capsule Project

The 125th Anniversary Time Capsule contains artifacts reflective of contemporary Golden Valley to be opened by residents in 2036, during the City’s 150th anniversary. Golden Valley residents contribute ideas about the design and location of the capsule as well as items or materials included inside.