Peter Gideon

The next Tapping History program will explore the work of Peter Gideon Monday, March 11, at Excelsior Brewing Co.

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Apple picking is a favorite past time of many Minnesotans, and the fruits find their way onto many Midwestern tables. But many people in the Lake Minnetonka area may not know that a very popular apple was the work of an Excelsior man.

Peter Gideon was an Excelsior pioneer and a world famous horticulturist whose crowning achievement was the creation of the Minnesota hardy apple, the Wealthy. He was also quite an eccentric and controversial character for his time. Join the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society for Tapping History, as Sharon Dana presents her research on the life of this multifaceted and determined man.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the free-to-attend program begins at 7 p.m. Monday, March 11. Tapping History is held at Excelsior Brewing Company, 421 Third St., Excelsior. For more information about the program and the Excelsior-Lake Minnetonka Historical Society, email, call 952-221-4766 or visit

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Meghan Davy Sandvold is a regional reporter covering the eight Southwest News Media communities. Born and raised in the Lake Minnetonka area, she now calls Eden Prairie home.

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