John H. Stevens House

4901 Minnehaha Avenue S.

Minneapolis MN   55417
  (located in Minnehaha Falls Park)


'The Birthplace of Minneapolis'

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John H. Stevens House


Volunteers are the backbone of our organization, and we require self-motivated individuals with the ability to follow through with their ideas. We need assistance in developing an updated mailing/membership list, fundraising, sorting, filing and/or preserving archival items and the following other areas:

Use your music to help bring history to life!

You can have fun playing your guitar, banjo, harmonica, or other portable instrument to a very appreciative audience in a very lovely setting at some of our events. Our 150 year-old house with its shaded porch is the perfect place to indulge in a fantasy of living in a simper time as you play 19th century popular music. Suitable selections would include music by Stephen Foster, "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again" (John H. Stevens favorite song), or a wealth of other songs we bet you can propose! We would especially like someone to play in May on our opening day when we celebrate, "John H. Stevens Day" which commemorates the first act of historic preservation in the State of Minnesota.

Creative Support Sought!

We are a small, innovative non-profit organization with lots of flexibility in how we operate.  We are looking for a few good entrepreneurial, creative people who want to do volunteer work but are tired of being assigned jobs such as folding and stuffing envelopes, or standing in doorways greeting visitors and passing out leaflets.

Join us and help to plan social and educational events, promotional programs, fund-raising, … you name it.  Use skills you have been stifling in your current job, re-activate interests you had in your college days, or try something new in a low-key non-threatening atmosphere that can expand your resumé!

Tour Guide/Docent:

Greet visitors and help make Minneapolis history come alive with information about the artifacts and exhibits in the house, provide information about the early days of Minneapolis and the role that the House played in those early days.

Work with young visitors with games and crafts.


Basic requirement: you must enjoy working with people and exciting their imaginations.

This could be a paid position. Tours are given every Sunday and Holiday from noon to 4 p.m. starting on Memorial Day through Labor Day.



For information about any of these supporting opportunities, contact Lynette Crane at 612 827-0138 or send us an email at






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