Cook County Historical Society

Find Cook County Minnesota 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.


Cook County Historical Society 8 South Broadway Avenue Grand Marais MN 55604 218-387-2883


Schroeder Area Historical Society 7932 West Highway 61 Schroeder MN 55613 218-663-7706

About Cook County Historical Societies

Cook County 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 Cook County, MN. Historical Societies in Cook County 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:
  • Cook County Historical Society exhibits and events
  • Cook County historical center discounts
  • Genealogy research in Cook County, Minnesota
  • Making a donation
  • Volunteering
Cook County Public Records

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

Local Cook County History

Minnesota Historical Societies specialize in a single aspect of local history. Cook County 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 Cook County historic buildings and properties, ensuring that neighborhoods maintain the historic character that helps define the community. These efforts often involve close work with local Cook County and Minnesota 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 Cook County 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 Cook County Historical Societies are professional organizations that have paid staff. These organizations may run Cook County museums and educational programs, and a local Minnesota 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 Cook County 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 MN historical buildings, sponsored talks and historic reenactments, and Cook County genealogy events.

Events & Exhibitions

Historical Societies have an online presence where they provide valuable information about sponsored Cook County 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 Cook County genealogy research, immigration activity, or census related data.