The Koochiching County Historical Society is committed to preserving, sharing, and keeping our local history alive for future generations.
The Koochiching County Historical Society maintains and operates two museums within our facilities. These include the Koochiching County Historical Museum, which houses artifacts dating back to 10,000 years ago, all the way up through the modern era, as well as the Bronko Nagurski Museum. We provide interpretation for the objects represented in both museums in a way that is clear and easy to understand, offering visitors the opportunity to view our galleries either on their own, at their own leisure, or with a personal guided tour with one of our museum professionals (at no extra fee)! Our facility also offers a gift shop with a wide variety of souvenirs, books, clothing, and artwork produced by local artisans.
Museums make communities a better place. They operate as a source of economic growth and help increase tourism. They preserve local history and are viewed as one of the most trustworthy sources for unbiased information! In our museum, we are committed to ensuring that our residents receive a high-quality museum experience, every time they walk through our doors. We want to create new programs that allow us to educate people of all ages and also come up with funds that we can designate solely to that cause. Our society also believes firmly in engaging our area youth, so we would like to raise funds to help organize programming that allows students to learn through interactive activities, promoting critical thinking and teamwork, all while learning about their past! With the addition of a new staff member, we are hoping to achieve all of these things (and more), and we would like to add even more staff in the future to further increase our momentum. The museum also has some general operations care that needs attending to, including new supplies to care for our quickly growing collections, and a roof addition to help shelter our towering statue of Bronko right outside our doors, as he is deteriorating in our harsh weather and could use some shelter. (Otherwise we may lose him!)
Museums are about community. We want people to feel like we are a part of them, as much as they are a part of us. We hope that you will consider donating to our cause so that we can achieve our goals and not only help make our community stronger, but our museum an even more successful place that everyone can enjoy!