Chisago County Historical Society
The Chisago County Historical Society (CCHS) is located in Lindstrom, Minnesota (651-257-5310) on the corner of Third Avenue North and Olinda Trail, just northeast of downtown Lindstrom. Regular hours are Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and by appointment. The library has a vast collection of local history books, pioneer family histories, cemetery information, early frontier history, and newspapers on microfilm. All materials are for reference use in the library only and can not be checked out.
The CCHS website contains many online indices which list the content of the library holdings and several of the most popular reference books. There is a wealth of family history information in the library, especially true of the pioneer Swedish immigrants and their families. All of the cemeteries in Chisago County have been indexed. Earl Leaf, a Chisago County historian, has compiled many volumes of information about the early Swedish settlers and some of the other early residents as well. Their cemetery collection has been added to the Find A Grave website and includes gravestone pictures and many bio-sketches and source references. County obituaries for the past several years are also indexed with the original newspaper clippings on file. The library also has a microfilm reader and most of the county’s newspapers in its collection. Other holdings include general history books, Minnesota histories, local histories for both towns and churches and family histories donated by local residents.
If you’re researching Chisago County, Minnesota be sure to visit their website and then call and come to visit this truly incredible library. There is off-steet parking and free WiFi access, and the coffee pot is always on!
The CCHS also owns/oversees many local historical sites such as the Gustaf Anderson House, a museum on Main Street in Lindstrom, the Moody Round Barn, a historic blue & white barn a few miles south of Chisago City. Two additional buildings are located on the Chisago County Fairgrounds in Rush City - the Delmore-Fransen pioneer home originally built in 1869 in Nessel township by Irish immigrants and the main lodge from the first YMCA camp in Minnesota originally built in 1902 by Green Lake near Chisago City. Another building, the 1880’s Clover Blossom School, later used as the Shafer Township Hall, is now located on the Almelund Threshing Grounds between North Branch and Taylors Falls on Highway 95. Photos and additional information about these locations can be found on their website.
If you have Chisago County roots, please consider becoming a member of the CCHS and if you live in the area ask how you can volunteer to help this organization with its many preservation projects.