St. Louis County Historical Society

Find St. Louis 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.


Ely Winton Historical Society 1900 East Camp Street Ely MN 55731 218-365-3226


Hibbing Historical Society 400 East 23rd Street Hibbing MN 55746 218-263-8522

Iron Range Historical Society 19 South Broadway Gilbert MN 55741 218-749-3150

Proctor City Historical Society 100 Pionk Drive Proctor MN 55810 218-628-6288

St Louis County Historical Society 506 West Michigan Street Duluth MN 55802 218-733-7580

The Tower-Soudan Historical Society 404 Pine Street Tower MN 55790 218-753-2301

Virginia Area Historical Society 800 North 9th Avenue West Virginia MN 55792 218-741-1136

About St. Louis County Historical Societies

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

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

Local St. Louis County History

Minnesota Historical Societies specialize in a single aspect of local history. St. Louis 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 St. Louis 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 St. Louis 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 St. Louis 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 St. Louis County Historical Societies are professional organizations that have paid staff. These organizations may run St. Louis 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 St. Louis 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 St. Louis County genealogy events.

Events & Exhibitions

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