Carlton County Historical Society
We are dedicated to preserving the unique history of Carlton County. We not only collect artifacts and remember important events, but we also gather the countless individual stories left behind by our ancestors and neighbors. We are proud to serve Carlton County in the collection, preservation, and dissemination of the history of the county.
We are open with new hours:
Tuesday- Friday 10-4, Saturday 10-3
Admission: Always FREE!
We have new exhibits on display! Look at the Current Exhibits page for a sneak peek!
We have added an Oral History page that's filled with one-of-a-kind stories told by community members that witnessed the fire, the great depression, early logging, and more.
The Hidden Gems of Cloquet wrote a wonderful piece on who we are and what we do. Click here to read the article.
The Minnesota Historical Society is offering a free book to kids! The book is about the making of Minnesota and can be shipped to anyone in MN for free! Check out the details and order your free book from their website.
What We Do
We collect, preserve, and share the history of Carlton County. We have documents, artifacts, maps, and photographs that are difficult to find anywhere else.
We are kid-tested and approved! Children are welcome at our museum.
Want to learn more about an ancestor, landmark, or your property? We find answers to your questions about Carlton County and its past inhabitants. If we can answer your question in 15 minutes or so there is no charge. For in-depth research, we charge an hourly rate. See the "Research" tab for more information.
Our Facebook page showcases many historic photographs of our wonderful area and people.
Look at our EVENTS page for information on upcoming events!
Check out our Education Page to find information on maple syrup making!
Come visit us!
406 Cloquet Avenue, Cloquet MN 55720
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Carlton County Historical Society
Please consider joining The Carlton County Historical Society.
If you are a member, please renew early. And if you are able, please contribute.
Call CCHS at 218-879-1938 or go online at Join Give Sustain CCHS.
Your gift will be matched dollar for dollar.
Generous friends of CCHS have contributed $13,000 to match all memberships and donations made by December 31, 2022.
Please give on a recurring basis.
Spreading your contribution out over 12 months may allow you to give more and you will provide steady and essential support for this great local organization.
If you are 70½ or older, please consider a charitable distribution gift from your IRA.
Federal law allows these qualified charitable distribution gifts to be made, without the withdrawal being treated as taxable income, and the gift counts toward the required minimum distribution.
Become a Sustainer
Friends who give on a recurring basis or from their IRAs become sustainers of CCHS. You will receive advance notice of special events and insider briefings about the exciting developments at CCHS. Sustainers assure that CCHS moves forward with strong and steady support. Sustainers keep CCHS’ program open to new ideas and connections between the past and present, taking us closer to the bright future we all desire for our region.
Become a Member. Renew Your Membership. Give a Gift Membership.
The most important benefit of membership is that you are helping to keep Carlton County history alive! The important work of collecting, preserving, and sharing Carlton County's history depends on member support. Members also receive unlimited free admission to the museum, a free book , newsletters, and notices of events and activities.
Not ready to become a member? Consider donating! We appreciate your support.
If you have not received a copy of the recent edition of our "History Matters" newsletter here is a complimentary link.
Support us and the barn committee by purchasing a Barn Calendar!
All barns pictured in the calendar are historic local barns. The barns of Carlton County won't be with us forever. We are collecting information and photographs of all barns in the county, including old photos of barns no longer standing. For more info or to purchase a slide show, go to the "Barn Committee" tab under "About Us".
Facts and Questions
Is there an accessibility entrance?
Yes! There is a sidewalk leading across the front lawn that leads to an automatic door. Inside there is an elevator that leads up into the museum!
Where do I park?
There are 2 small lots on either side of the building as well as street parking. Parking on the street is closest to the accessibility entrance.
Do we do tours?
If you have a large group we would like to know in advance. Otherwise, tours are mostly self-guided or assisted by the staff at the front desk. Come in anytime! No reservation is required.
Davie Proulx holding her Grandmothers 1920s dress!