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Plymouth Residents Make the Best of the Extreme 1917 Winter

Plymouth Residents Make the Best of the Extreme 1917 Winter

By Ella Vincent Plymouth winters have long been cold, and our residents have always found ways to enjoy them! Let’s take a look back at our wintry past through historical items from the Plymouth Historical Society collection. More than 100 years ago during the winter of 1916-1917, Plymouth residents were challenged by an historically extreme winter, with widespread snow and cold by mid-October. From December to February, there were 12 days with temperatures of 30 degrees below zero, and some…

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Reminiscing on Ryan’s Bass Lake Ballroom

Reminiscing on Ryan’s Bass Lake Ballroom

By Ella Vincent Before Ryan’s Bass Lake Ballroom burned down in 1975, it was a major entertainment presence in Plymouth, Minnesota. More commonly known as Ryan’s Ballroom, it was a local music pavilion located just north of Bass Lake Road in what is now the Oakwood Shores neighborhood. Its dinners, dances and festive events helped shape our community.  Minnesota in the 1950’s was a burgeoning ballroom dancing scene, with mainstays like the Marigold Ballroom, Rogers Ballroom, Medina Ballroom, Prom Center…

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How The Puck Dropped at Plymouth Ice Center

How The Puck Dropped at Plymouth Ice Center

By Ella Vincent. Plymouth Ice Center, affectionately known as PIC, is our town’s epicenter for all things hockey. While the puck is just dropping on a new season, let’s look back on how it all began. Originally built in 1997, the Plymouth Ice Center was a groundbreaking collaboration between the City of Plymouth, Wayzata School District, Providence Academy, and Life Time Fitness as well as other hockey associations and the State of Minnesota. It is owned by the City of…

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Parkers Lake Cemetery Tour

Parkers Lake Cemetery Tour

This past Saturday, September 25th, the Plymouth Historical Society led a sold-out historical tour of Parkers Lake Cemetery. Led by PHS Board Members Bob Gasch and Ted Hoshal, we learned about the many layers of history surrounding the Parkers Lake area, including its namesake family, the Parkers, who came to Plymouth in 1854. We then walked from the lake to nearby Parkers Cemetery and learned about its founding as a Methodist site connected with former Parkers Lake Methodist Church. Ted…

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Mission Farms on Medicine Lake, pt. 2

Mission Farms on Medicine Lake, pt. 2

By Stacy Paulsen Mission Farms also functioned as a locale for religious conferences, camps, and conventions. The first of these was the Northwestern Bible Conference in the summer of 1929. Over time, the programming expanded to include year round bible camps with activities like skating, sledding, and skiing. Additional structures were added, including a chapel, an amphitheater, the “Wigwam Inn,” a Western-style fort dormitory, a tepee village, multiple lodge buildings, and a handsome stone structure called the Speaker’s Residence (also…

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Mission Farms on Medicine Lake, pt. 1

Mission Farms on Medicine Lake, pt. 1

By Stacy Paulsen Nestled between French Regional Park, Armstrong High School and residential homes at the north end of Medicine Lake lies a complex of buildings and expansive lawns that are home to Missions Inc., a nonprofit organization providing chemical health, domestic violence, and long term care services. It would be easy to pass by the entrance to the facility on E Medicine Lake Blvd. without realizing that this site has deep history and local significance far beyond the services…

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Plymouth Park Namesake Clifton E. French: Who Was He?

Plymouth Park Namesake Clifton E. French: Who Was He?

By Ella Vincent You may know French Regional Park as one of Plymouth’s favorite spots for biking, boating, hiking, fishing, swimming and a variety of outdoor activities. You may not know that the park is not named for any particular Parisian influence but was named after longtime public servant Clifton E. French. But, who exactly was Clifton E. French? Parks & Recreation Groundbreaker Clifton E. French was a Minnesota trailblazer. In 1948, French was one of the first students to…

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Plymouth Farmer’s Market

Plymouth Farmer’s Market

By Breanna Smida. With the summer months upon us, there is a lot taking place. Whether it’s holidays, vacations, road trips, Park & Rec programs or so many other events and activities, people keep busy! However, there are those moments where people merely want to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine while being a part of the community. This is exactly why the Plymouth Farmers Market remains a very popular spot to spend a little extra free-time. Farmers markets in…

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Pandemic Alters Activity at The Hilde Performance Theater

Pandemic Alters Activity at The Hilde Performance Theater

By Ella Vincent The Hilde Performance Theater is Plymouth’s finest amphitheater and grounds for outdoor performing arts and community events. As with every aspect of life during the Covid-19 pandemic, activities at the Hilde underwent many changes in 2020. While some traditionally held performances were canceled, other activities were held in ways that were anything but traditional. The Hilde Performance Center opened in July 2002 with a performance by the Minnesota Orchestra. Designed by the architects who created the Lake…

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Plymouth Creek Center

Plymouth Creek Center

Our final Club Y.E.S. article was written by Neha Kodali. Additional thanks to Sarah Josephs for her research on the founding timeline of the Plymouth Creek Center. Thank you again to all our amazing volunteers! Plymouth Creek Center is a site for groups to gather and celebrate special events, enjoy cultural and educational pursuits, and partake in other social and recreational activities. It is also a place where weddings, banquets, meetings, and receptions are held.   The naming of Plymouth Creek…

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