Volunteering at the Historical Society is a great way to meet other interesting people and further the important work of collecting, preserving and disseminating the history of Carlton County.

If you are interested in any of the following opportunities, or would like to be added to our volunteer email list, please call 879-1938 or email info@carltoncountyhistory.org

Small Projects

We are in need of a volunteer to work at a West End Flourish Grant project called "Forging Friendships". CCHS is partnering with blacksmith Brian Lokken, who will be teaching basic smithing to onlookers at Spafford Park. We will have a display of iron artifacts and information about CCHS.

What: represent CCHS, answer questions, and help Brian as needed

When: Sunday, July 30th, 4-7 p.m.

Where: Spafford Park

Time requirement; 4 hours

Physical requirements: standing (bring your own lawn chair)

Perks: volunteers are assured an opportunity to make an iron hook or bookmark

Please call or email if you are interested!

We have a child's toy with a broken "leg". It is an easel with a blackboard - very nice- but one of the legs has snapped into two pieces. I would like to have someone glue the pieces together so that the easel may be displayed.

what: glue wood pieces together on child's toy

when: time of your choosing

where: CCHS, or take home to your shop

time commitment: two trips to CCHS - one to glue and clamp the pieces and one to remove the clamps and check that it works

equipment needed: woodworking glue, clamps

-If you have the time, tools, and skill to do this please let us know!

What: haul humidifier and old microfilm reader to the transfer station and/or haul paint to the hazardous waste facility.

When: time of your own choosing

Where: items are located at CCHS in Cloquet; transfer station is outside of Carlton

Equipment needed: a truck and a dolley

Time commitment: 2 hours

Notes: we will reimburse for transfer station charges.

What: haul boxes of new books to the Carlton County Fairgrounds

When: before August 18; arrange time with CCHS Director

Where: books are stored at City Hall in Cloquet and need to be moved to the Machinery Building at the county fairgrounds. We need to move 1000 books, to be given to visitors at no cost.

Equipment needed: a vehicle that can haul 1000+ pounds

Time Commitment: 3 hours

Current opportunities


If you are interested in learning about the history of Carlton County in depth and then sharing your knowledge with others, become a tour guide! After training, guides will lead tours at the Historical Society as well as provide outreach power point lectures to school classrooms and community groups.


Provide a friendly welcome to the Historical Society and assist visitors with their interests and questions. Excellent customer service and communication skills are a must.


If you have an unusual, specialized or historically-related skill to share, we want to hear from you!


Special Event volunteers provide excellent customer service and a warm welcoming environment to visitors attending Special Events at the Historical Society and the County Fair.

Carlton County Fair