The Lake County Historical Society makes every reasonable attempt to provide access to its archives and museums for research, recreation, and education. As we are a small staff we may not be able to accommodate all requests. Traditionally we are better prepared to respond to research and archive questions in the off season.



Our Museums are available for tours throughout the summer season and during the off season by request. Tour guides are available by request for large groups and special events.

The Light Station grounds are available “weather permitting”.


Research and Archival Access

Due to the time involved in researching many of the questions fielded by the Lake County Historical Society staff we can no longer offer this service for free. Much of the questions sent to the LCHS require several hours or days to research and generate an appropriate response.

For current Lake County Historical Society Members, a donation is requested for research by the LCHS staff. If you are a non member or represent a business the fees are $25.00 per hour. In order for us to better help you please print and fill in the Research Request Form and mail it to us. We will inform you when we have completed your search request. Historical Research is a very time consuming task, so we thank you for your patience in advance.

Photos in our collection are not available for reproduction.

Membership Form

Research Request Form

Geneology and Family Histories, etc.

People interested in genealogy research and family histories please note that the LCHS does not possess these records. The Lake County Recorder’s office still holds the records for births, deaths, and marriages. The Lake County Recorder’s Office of Vital Records can be reached at 218-834-8301 or researched online at , go to the Departments and Contacts tab and scroll down to Recorder then to Vitals. The contact person is Lisa Lee, she works part time from 11:30 to 4:30 weekdays.

Accession and Repository

The Lake County Historical Society accepts donations of artifacts from families, businesses, and individuals. Due to the limited space in our museums we cannot guarantee that items will be placed on exhibit. It is our goal to rotate our collections through the museum on a three year cycle.

Due to the volume of material we cannot accept all items offered to us. The LCHS has made a commitment to focus on the primary industries and historical events that have shaped our county.

We reserve the right to refuse accession of any article that does not fit these guidelines.