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

Thank you for your interest in Lake County History. Due to staffing limitations, seasonable availability of the archivist, and amount of time it takes to research specific requests the Lake County Historical Society follows the below pricing guide for research and photographic requests. Additional cost for reproduction of images. See photo reproduction policy for pricing details. Once a research request is filed, Lake County Historical Society staff will try to fulfill the request within two weeks during the winter months and within four weeks during the summer months.



  Member Non-Member Business
Minimum Fee, 1st Hour $20 $25 $30
Hourly Rate After Minimum Fee $15 $20 $25

Please contact our offices for any photographic requests (218) 834-4898. 


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.