Historical Society

About Us

The Carlton County Historical Society (CCHS) was formed in 1949 by a group of interested citizens as a sub-committee of the Cloquet Rotary Club. It functioned as a volunteer organization for a number of years using makeshift spaces in Carlton. The Society found a home at the Garfield School in Cloquet in 1980 and had one part-time employee. In 1987 the Society was moved to a permanent location in the Shaw Memorial Building in Cloquet. The Society also owns several buildings on the Carlton County Fair Grounds in Barnum where outreach activities are held.

The CCHS Foundation was formed in 1988 to support the Carlton County Historical Society in its efforts to collect, preserve, and disseminate the history of Carlton County.

Each year the Carlton County Historical Society serves the citizens of Carlton County, former residents, and visitors to the area in a variety of ways.


Our library is a smorgasbord of information. We've got census data, marriage certificates, newspaper files, naturalization records, microfilm, maps and more. If you can't visit us, we are available to research your questions by mail, phone, or e-mail.


We host a rotating schedule of exhibits throughout the year, so there is always something new! Look for our exhibits at the Historical Society Building, the Carlton County Fair, and businesses and organizations throughout the county.


The stated mission of the Carlton County Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and disseminate the history of the county.

Cloquet Ave. 1950

Cloquet Avenue, Cloquet's Main Street, in the 1950s

Carlton County Historical Society Board Members

Susan Zmyszlony, President

Emily Fuerste Swanson, Vice President

Cynthia Johnson, Secretary

Dawn Bergeron, Treasurer

Marian Johnson

Ed Kavanaugh

Mary LeBlanc