We are all about preserving and sharing the history and culture of Chisago County and the nearby St. Croix River valley.
History is about documenting changes. It is about saving and retelling stories. Our stories about the past are derived from the traditions, artifacts, buildings, and landscapes that survive. Preserving pieces of our past is vital to connecting the things that were said and done in the past with defining who we are today and how we got where we are.
We operate five museums scattered throughout Chisago County so that everyone has an opportunity to visit them. Two of our buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places - the Gustaf Anderson House in downtown Lindstrom and the Moody Round Barn south of Chisago City. We have a complex of buildings at the county fairgrounds in Rush City. The other museums are located in downtown Sunrise and in the countryside between Almelund and Taylors Falls.
We have an extensive local history research library open to the public. We are actively participating in the Library of Congress Veterans History Project and have interviewed well over 100 local veterans. We host fiber arts/heritage textile gatherings on a monthly basis in both Lindstrom and Rush City. We also do genealogy, book reviews, and guest speaker programs throughout the year. We also publish a quarterly educational newsletter.
It is the role of the County Historical Society to ensure that the rich history and heritage of our area and its varied ethnic traditions are saved and shared with future generations.