Grand Forks ND Historical Society

Find Grand Forks, North Dakota historical societies. Historical societies provide information on the history and culture of a specific area, through the use of museum and library art exhibits and programs.


Grand Forks County Historical Society 2405 Belmont Road Grand Forks ND 58201 701-775-2216


About Grand Forks Historical Societies

Grand Forks Historical Societies are local organizations and history museums dedicated to studying, preserving, and fostering an appreciation of the past, with an emphasis on the local community's history in Grand Forks, ND. Historical Societies in Grand Forks encourage and engage in the collection and preservation of historical artifacts, photographs, and personal stories. Many Historical Societies conduct research about local businesses and families, which they make accessible and available as public records and exhibits.

You may contact the Historical Society for questions about:
  • Grand Forks Historical Society exhibits and events
  • Grand Forks historical center discounts
  • Genealogy research in Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Making a donation
  • Volunteering
Grand Forks Public Records

Historical Societies are a great source of Grand Forks public records, historical and genealogy research information. Historical records may be available upon request from the Grand Forks organizations, museums, exhibits and exhibitions, and from Grand Forks County historical archives.

Local Grand Forks History

North Dakota Historical Societies specialize in a single aspect of local history. Grand Forks Historical Centers may highlight a local institution, such as an university, church, or business. Alternatively, their focus may be on a particular group, such as an ethnicity, profession, or religious group. Some Historical Societies work to preserve Grand Forks historic buildings and properties, ensuring that neighborhoods maintain the historic character that helps define the community. These efforts often involve close work with local Grand Forks and North Dakota state government agencies, to list buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, create historic districts, and ensure that historic preservation ordinances and guidelines are established and enforced.

Volunteering for Grand Forks Historical Societies

Many Historical Societies are staffed and organized by volunteers, who often become involved in order to preserve the legacy and heritage of their ancestors or to honor local heroes. Other Grand Forks Historical Societies are professional organizations that have paid staff. These organizations may run Grand Forks museums and educational programs, and a local North Dakota government or business entity may manage these Historical Societies. Many Historical Societies provide resources to help smaller organizations or individuals with research projects. In addition, they provide events for school-age children both in the schools and at their facilities.

Historical Society Donations & Funding

Funding for Grand Forks Historical Societies can come from a combination of sources, including government support, universities, and businesses, as well as private donations, endowments, and grants. Historical Societies rely on fundraisers as a significant source of revenue. Fundraisers may include tours of ND historical buildings, sponsored talks and historic reenactments, and Grand Forks genealogy events.

Events & Exhibitions

Historical Societies have an online presence where they provide valuable information about sponsored Grand Forks events and programs. Historical Society websites commonly post historic photographs or articles on topics of local historic interest. Some provide online databases to help with Grand Forks County genealogy research, immigration activity, or census related data.