White Bear Lake Area Historical Society is offering the following programs this Fall: Gangster Bus Tour, Wildwood Amusement Park Presentation, Historic Lake Avenue Walking Tour, Downtown White Bear: Then & Now Walking Tour, Around the Lake Bus Tour, and a Cemetery Tour. See details below.

Below are some of the programs being offered this Fall at the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society. Please check our website for more information www.whitebearhistory.org or contact us for specific group dates at office@whitebearhistory.org

GANGSTER TOURS Come along for an adventurous bus outing to explore the hideouts and haunts of the 1930s era gangsters who laid low in the cottages around White Bear and Bald Eagle Lakes. Sights include a known gangster cottage, a Mahtomedi speakeasy and the location of a notorious dance club.

WILDWOOD PARK PRESENTATION Explore Wildwood Amusement Park’s heyday in the early 1900s when crowds transported by streetcars and steamers came to the “end of the tracks” to enjoy a day at the park which boasted, a roller coaster named “the Pippin”, a bathing beach, expansive picnic grounds and much more.

HISTORIC LAKE AVENUE WALKING TOUR A guided tour about the history of Lake Avenue and how the community of White Bear Lake developed as you stroll along the lake from Lion’s Park to Matoska Park and back approx. 2 miles. The first settlement and businesses developed along this shore and signs of their presence can still be seen today.

DOWNTOWN WHITE BEAR: THEN & NOW Walk through White Bear Lake’s historic downtown and learn about the businesses and people who have shaped the community, past and present. Explore historic and modern structures and the development of our downtown business district using historic photographs to depict what once was there.

AROUND WHITE BEAR LAKE BUS TOUR Travel through time as we visit the communities around White Bear Lake – each with its own unique personality and flavor. Highlights include tales of the first Tilt-A-Whirl, St. Paul’s movers and shakers from the last century, the golden era of Minnesota’s First Resort Town and much more.