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In Memoriam

Thomas W. Geng

1958 - 2016

Thomas W. Geng passed away unexpectedly January 30th, 2016. Tom volunteered generously of his time to the West Hennepin History Center. For the past few years he was a key contributor to the organization's newsletter and represented the Center in recent stories about the ancient canoe exhibited by the Center. Tom will be sorely missed by West Hennepin History Center staff and membership.

Mass of Christian Burial 11 AM Friday, February 5, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5071 Eden Ave., Edina. Visitation Thursday (TODAY) 4-7 PM and also 1 hour prior to service at church.


Sorghum grinding

Thomas W. Geng




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Ancient Canoe in New Display

Discovery of ancient canoe

Nearly 1,000 Year Old Dugout Canoe
G. A. and Helmer Gunnarson moving canoe. In 1934 the Gunnarson family discovered a dugout canoe as they were extending their dock on North Arm Bay. The canoe was recently dated to 1025 - 1165 A.D. making it the oldest dugout canoe found in Minnesota. It is going on display at the WHCPA Museum in Long Lake, Minnesota. See the full report at the Maritime Heritage Minnesota website. A print of this photo is available here.


New Feature! Search our Index of over 29,000 Family File images!


Now you can search our Index of over 29,000 Family File images. These images have been scanned from our family files and tagged by volunteers so they are computer searchable.

Example Image Index with TAGS



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