The George Christian House, built in 1919 by the firm of Hewitt and Brown, has been the home of the Hennepin County Historical Society since 1957.
Before the project was finished Christian, his wife, and his son died, leaving Carolyn (also spelled Caroline) McKnight Christian, the younger Christian's widow, seven servants,and four foster children as the only occupants for the next forty years. Among Mrs. Christian's many charitable acts were the endowment of a professorship in cancer research at the University of Minnesota in her husband's name, and the donation of her house and art objects to the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts in 1957. The Hennepin County Historical Society purchased the house in 1957.
A wide range of period revival styles were popular during this period, and most of them are represented in the district. The park is named for Senator William D. Washburn who built an impressive home (at the cost of over half a million dollars) on this 10 acre site, which he named for the oak grove on the land. He died in 1911 and the home was demolished in 1924 to make room for the park.
The museum offers docent-led gallery tours that highlight the theme of continuity and change in Hennepin County. Exhibits change periodically. Tour theme and scheduling can be customized fit the particular needs and interests of your group.
Call to inquire about tour prices.
Special Delivery Program - Bringing History and Artifacts to You
If you can't come to us, we'll come to you! A museum guide will come to your school, bringing artifacts that students can view. You may choose from the following topics or we can customize our presentation to meet your curriculum needs.
Suggested contribution: $2.00 per person. Two weeks advance registration requested.
Museum Tour and Special Delivery Topics Include:
The Hennepin History Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.