The Robbinsdale Historical Society was organized in 1978. We collect, preserve and tell the story of Robbinsdale’s past. We now number over 200 of your former classmates, teammates, neighbors and perhaps spouses.
Come and join us!
Our museum in the historic Robbinsdale Library at 4915 42nd Avenue North is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Tours are available for class rooms and other groups. Please call (763) 202-3529 to make an appointment.
Membership is an easy way to keep in touch.
Yearly dues are $15.00
Keep up to date through our monthly news letter.
Membership meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the months March, April, May, September,October and November. We meet at 1:00 p.m. in the old Robbinsdale Library at 4915 42nd Avenue North.
We are a volunteer organization and try to raise money for our historical projects through fund raisers. Our largest revenue however, comes from the sale of these books. “Robbinsdale Then and Now” sells for $15.00 and the Robbinsdale High School Books are $20.00 each. You can pick up your copies at at the Robbinsdale City Hall, Robbinsdale Historical Society or by calling Diane Jacobson at 651-633-6531 or Rollie Heywood at 763-535-7258.
Andrew B. Robbins worked tirelessly to attract residents, business, and industry. When the transit company refused to extend a streetcar line to the area, he built his own. City dwellers came out in droves to enjoy hunting, fishing, boating, and the bathing beaches on Robbinsdale’s lakes. In the 1920s, the village gained notoriety with every new issue of Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang. Created by local veteran Wilford Hamilton Fawcett, the little humor magazine launched a publishing empire. Along with the rest of the country, Robbinsdale grew up in the 20th century, but the first suburb of Minneapolis still feels like the small town Andrew B. Robbins dreamed up more than a century ago.
The Images of America: Robbinsdale book from Arcadia Publishing is available at the Robbinsdale City Hall and the Robbinsdale Historical Society Museum.
If city hall and the museum are out of your way, ask for “Robbinsdale” at fine retailers and better bookstores everywhere! If they don’t have it tell them to get it!
In 1919, Wilford Hamilton Fawcett, better known as “Captain Billy,” published the first issue of Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang. Filled with jokes and cartoons, the little magazine made a fortune for Fawcett. In 1921, he purchased 80 acres on the shore of Big Pelican Lake near Brainerd, Minnesota, and built a bluff-top village of cabins. The following year, as Fawcett Publications brought out True Confessions magazine, construction began on the Breezy Point Lodge. Robbinsdale still celebrates Whiz Bang Days every year and while his legendary resort has grown and changed over the years, Fawcett’s vision and adventurous spirit are still soaring above Big Pelican Lake and the piney woods of Breezy Point.