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.
Hours: Tuesday- Thursday 10-4, Friday 10-3.
Admission: Always free!
Please check out our Events page and Facebook page for details about our upcoming events including the Mojakka Cook-Off on March 17th! Purchase tickets here! Want to enter the competition? Find a paper entry form at CCHS or the Northeastern hotel or fill one out online right here!
In other news- The Pine Knot News contacted us about a history mystery. What happened to the 10 ft painting that used to be in the Cloquet post office? After a bit of digging, we found photos of it and the artist along with an article about the mystery. Visit our News Archive to see the full article and photos of the painting. Do you know what happened?
We have added an Oral History page that's filled with one-of-a-kind stories told by community members who witnessed the fire, the great depression, early logging, and more.
We have some new books for sale, including Bringing Joy, a collection of local poetry and art, and books by local writers such as Tim Jollymore and Katharine Johnson. You can look inside our Bookstore for more info.
Celebrating 100 years with the Shaw Family
We took a lot of photos of our centennial party. It was a wonderful weekend of history, memories, and new connections. Thank you to everyone who came.
New tree and bench! The Shaw family donated a tree to commemorate the centennial of the Shaw Memorial Library. We are making plans for a special garden to make the space beautiful and comfortable.
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!
Come visit us!
406 Cloquet Avenue, Cloquet MN 55720
Support Local History
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 receive a free book, newsletters, and notices of events and activities. Click on the become a member button to the right.
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.
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!