603wchs@arvig.net (218) 631-9079


Bringing local history to life

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Our Purpose

Our purpose is to preserve local and family history through the retention of historical information and the display of historical artifacts.

The Wadena County Historical Society has been saving history since the early 1900’s and we are eager to welcome you.

Whether you are looking to stop in and see the museum or to discuss your research options, we are glad you are here!

Our Museum

Our Museum

We have over 10 rooms filled with historical artifacts, each room with a theme.

For example one room is dedicated to military artifacts and another room to a country school classroom.

  • Ancestry Clothing Room
  • Business Room
  • Country Kitchen Room
  • Country Store Room
  • Creamery
  • Military Room
  • Ojibwe Nation
  • Railroad Room
  • School Room
  • Sioux Room

Become a Member

By donating to our cause, you are helping to safeguard the rich tapestry of local and family history, ensuring that invaluable historical information and artifacts are preserved and shared for future generations.

Join Us
Research Options

Research Options

If you wish to research something from the past you are welcome to visit us. We will help you as much as we can. Your other option is that we can do the research for you. See our research fee schedule below.

Lookup Requests

  • General Research: $15 per half hour
  • Obituary Only: $5.00 per obituary


  • Black and White: $0.50 per page
  • Color: $1.00 per page

Photo/Document Scans

  • 200-600dpi: $1 per image
  • Email image: no charge
  • Burn CD: $10/CD plus postage
Wadena County Area Resources

Wadena County Area Resources

Local resources such as historical societies, chambers of commerce, newspapers, cultural centers, and school districts are vital for preserving and promoting our community's rich heritage and cultural vibrancy.

Chambers of Commerce


School Districts


The Time Machine

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Our Team

Our Team

Our dedicated team of directors, board members, and staff is unwavering in their support for the museum, working collaboratively to ensure its success and growth.

Jebb Willis - Interim Executive Director

Executive Director

Jebb Willis

Office Manager




Board of Directors
  • Betty White - Chair
  • Curt Folkestad
  • Rose Hammes
  • Bill Hess
  • Darlene Leonard
  • Ralph Miller
  • Rosalie Miller
  • Donna Sartell


We always welcome your inquiries and look forward to connecting with you.

Our Address

603 Jefferson Street North, Wadena, MN 56482

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(218) 631-9079

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