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- Friday 10-4, Saturday 10-3
Admission: Always free!
New 2024 Barn Calendar! Visit the Barn Committee Page to purchase!
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.
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.
We have some new books for sale, including Bringing Joy, a collection of local poetry and art. You can look inside our Bookstore for more info.
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
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 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!