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Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Book Signing: A Lifetime of Luck and Pluck By Bette Hammel

The Wayzata Historical Society invites you to hear from journalist, author, and longtime Wayzata resident Bette Hammel as we support her latest book signing on December 5th.


In a reading from her new memoir, A Lifetime of Luck and Pluck, Hammel will relate her 2016 essay “My Car Is Gone” with others ranging from her story covering the 1956 marriage of Grace Kelly to the Prince of Monaco to earlier experiences such as working in the Betty Crocker kitchens and becoming a radio broadcaster in Indiana and New York.

Returning home to Minnesota, she began a career in the advertising agency business. Her lucky day, she says, was meeting and marrying Richard Hammel, co-founder of HGA Architects & Engineers.

After his sudden death in 1986, she began writing about architecture for various magazines, and later became author of four books including Legendary Homes of Lake Minnetonka. She describes her new memoir as essays written in an “easybreezy” style. A Lifetime of Luck and Pluck, published by Nodin Press, will be available at all Twin City bookstores and priced at $16.95.

Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m.
At Wayzata Community Room

Information Submitted by the Wayzata Historical Society

Council Member Steven Tyacke Farewell Open House


An open house will be held for departing Council Member Steven Tyacke in honor of his service to the City of Wayzata.

A public open house will take place on Tuesday, December 11, 5-7 p.m. with a program at 5:45 p.m., in the Community Room at City Hall. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Sights and sounds of Light up the Lake 2018


View the sights and sounds of the 2018 Wayzata Light up the Lake event held on November 23, 2018 in downtown Wayzata, MN. Presented by the City of Wayzata, The Wayzata Historical Society, and the Wayzata Chamber of Commerce.