Dec 06, 2011 • By

Betty’s in her hometown hall of fame

Betty Crocker celebrated a big birthday in 2011, turning 90. But the city that Betty and General Mills call home has a few years on her.

Golden Valley, Minn., marked its 125th anniversary this year and honored Betty at an event last Friday by inducting her into the city’s Hall of Fame. More than 250 business leaders and residents came together for the celebration.

Jeff Dehler of Golden Valley’s Rotary Club explains Betty’s selection in this video clip:

Dehler says city leaders appreciate having General Mills as a corporate partner and the opportunities it brings.

“Whether it’s jobs or just the notoriety of a major corporation – one of the largest corporations in the world – here in this city, it helps to put Golden Valley on the map,” says Dehler.

Golden Valley has been our home since 1958, when we moved eight miles west of our original building in downtown Minneapolis to double the space needed for our corporate operations at that time.

Here’s a photo from the day we opened.

Our move to Golden Valley was part of a trend, which started in the late 1940s, where large businesses purchased land in suburban communities to develop corporate campuses.

For the city’s 125th anniversary celebration event, our Archives team displayed several historic Betty Crocker materials, including cookbooks, recipe cards and photos.

Betty Crocker provided custom cupcakes and gave each attendee a package of Gingerbread cookie mix, and a red spoon as a souvenir.

Betty Crocker, created in 1921, has sold more than 75 million cookbooks, and is one of the top websites in the food category.