History

Pillsbury - Crosby - Piper - Carpenter - Dayton - Morrison - Heffelfinger - Ramsey - Faegre - Lowry - McNally - Burwell - Northrup - Rand - Whitney


The well known men and women who built our region also built the Minneapolis Club into the area’s premier gathering place for business, civic and community leaders. We continue their legacy to this day. Since 1883, the Club has been visited by world leaders, including Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Llama, U.S. Presidents and leaders in virtually every field of endeavor. Membership has always included business icons, Supreme Court Judges, Non-Profit Executives, entrepreneurs, clergy and business owners.

Fine cuisine has always been a hallmark of the Club and has enhanced many historic meetings:

  • Colonel Theodore Roosevelt just prior to becoming President

  • James J Hill, dinner with guests from across the country, the first time he was designated as the "Empire Builder"

  • President Taft

  • Senator Nelson W. Aldrich when he outlined his plan for National Reserve Banking System

  • Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden

The Club has been subjected to criticism at times in the early years for relegating women to the back of the Clubhouse. In truth, this is no way reflects any intention to treat them as inferior. In those early years, horse and carriage were primary means of transportation and the best location for the necessary porte-cochere to protect members and guests from the elements was at the rear of the building. While it was the norm in society to have separate men's and women's clubs, as early as 1921, women and children were encouraged to use the facilities and women, including US Senator Muriel Humphrey, joined as full members beginning in the 70's. Today, women and minority members comprise over 30% of Club leadership positions and an equally large portion are under 40 years old. This tradition and diverse membership contribute to a vibrant and modern Club. 

To quote a past president, William G. Phillips; "it is difficult to find a place where the tides of both corporate and individual community responsibility flow as strongly as they do at the Minneapolis Club."