Burnsville seeks memorabilia for 50th celebration

On the heels of an attempt by Bloomington to annex Burnsville Township in the early 1960s,  Burnsville was officially incorporated as a city in 1964. While Burnsville’s history goes back much farther, a lot has changed in 50 years – including a growth in population from 10,700 in 1964 to more than 60,000 in 2014.

To commemorate its 50th year as a city, Burnsville is working with community partners – including the Burnsville Historical Society – to plan 50th-themed events throughout the year. More details on the celebration will follow later this year.

In the meantime, the city is seeking photographs or city-related items or documents from the 1960s. If you have any items you would be willing to share – or if you are a resident who has lived in Burnsville since 1964 (or longer) – contact marty.doll@ci.burnsville.mn.us or 952-895-4402.

In addition to the 50th anniversary celebration, the Burnsville Historical Society is creating a 1939-themed exhibit for display at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center Gallery May 8 to June 15. It is seeking items such as:

• Common kitchen items, including a wall clock.

• Clothing.

• Photographs, including one of Burnsville classrooms/students.

• Household goods, including a phonograph, thermos jug and lunch pail.

• Toys, including a bicycle and red wagon.

• Furniture, including a kitchen table and two chairs, and a living room overstuffed chair, end table and floor lamp.

• A teacher’s school desk and assorted school items.

• A 1939 Minnesota license plate.

• Mannequins of adult female, adult male and a child.

Contact lennachman@aol.com or call 952-890-4162 if you are willing to provide any of these items.

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