We are an all-volunteer group dedicated to telling Burnsville's story in a way that engages folks of all ages. You are invited to help. Perhaps you have photos, scrapbooks, or stories. Maybe you have questions, such as "What was the name of that restaurant I used to love?"

The most frequent question we hear is "Where is the museum and what are your hours?" Presently we have no permanent display space. We are, however a creative ONLINE historical society and we aim to be the best there is. When we are able, we also put on Exhibitions at Burnsville's Ames Center.

It absolutely DELIGHTS us that people from all over the world with a connection to Burnsville are enjoying its history with us!

Learning about one's community is rewarding, humbling, and very enjoyable. Join us! Support us! Consider volunteering a couple of hours a week!

Why history?

At our first Ames Center Exhibition in 2013, we displayed a huge satellite map of Burnsville. Like many visitors, a man stood in front of it, his finger touching a spot. He said,

"This is where I live. I want to know who lived there before me, who farmed here. What crops did they grow; where did they come from? I want to know because I want my children to know. I want them to know that we're all connected."

By the way, the photograph at the top is of Allen and Edith Rutherford. It was taken in about 1902. We'll have the full picture on display in our online gallery as soon as possible.


The Latest...

Changes! During the last month we've added a lot to burnsvillehistory.org and the response has been wonderful!

We have used our Facebook page to let people know about new rich content found here on the website, like the "Now and Then" sliders that let you play with time, or the first online quiz that teaches a bit about Burnsville schools while providing fun interaction.

Most recently we have added the first gallery album -- take a look! Use the top navigation menu to access these features.

Meanwhile, solid progress has been made on our biggest effort, the creation of the Online Photo and Document Database. Our aim is to make Burnsville History's online presence the best in the U.S.A!

Click the logo to try the quiz!


From the Board of Directors...

Thank you! We have been surprised beyond words at the contributions already received! The first arrived within minutes of our starting this program! We also welcome your suggestions and requests. We'll do our best!

  • Jeff Jerde. President
  • Kevin Swanson, Vice-President
  • Julie Schmit-Suarez, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Godan Nambudiripad
  • Carrie Corson Webb
  • Julie Schmidt Suarez
  • Len Nachman
  • Mary Sherry
  • Mary Pat Kelleher