‘A fascinating and learning experience for young and old !’

    The Pope County Historical Society organized in 1931 to collect and preserve Pope County history. With WPA funding, the society began compiling family history records as well as collecting significant artifacts to illustrate our development as a county. Generous gifts of land, money and community volunteer support helped the society move from the county courthouse attic to our present museum campus in 1966. Our campus now includes a genealogy Library, 11,000 square feet exhibit galleries, five historic buildings and additional outdoor displays of agricultural and industrial equipment.

    A unique collection of Native American arts and crafts is a highlight of the Museum experience. Cleora Helbing, a former Glenwood resident, amassed this collection during her years as director of Indian Education throughout the U.S. Not satisfied with an offer from the Smithsonian Institute, she left the entire collection to the Pope County Historical Society.

    The Museum exhibits change regularly. Occasional special events are held throughout the year as well.
‘Open Year ‘Round’: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm

Nominal admission charge.
Call ahead for guided group tours.

Genealogy library with information on Pope County Families, Businesses, Schools and Churches.

Visit the archives of the Pope County Historical Society.  We have been compiling family history information for nearly 75 years.

The following resources are available:
  • Collected histories of families & businesses;  Newspapers dating to 1871
  • Census record, 1870-1920;  Church records
  • Civic organization records;  Cemetery Index & Map
  • Photo collection;  Family Bibles
  • Misc. directories;  Published family histories
  • Manuscripts, Articles & Books of local Authors

  • Merlin Peterson
  • Director Jackie Gartner – Archivist
  • Ann Grandy is our Collections Manager

Pope County Museum and History Center
809 South Lakeshore Drive
Glenwood, Minnesota 56334
Pope County History.com

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Pope County Historical Society Receives Grant

The Minnesota Historical Society awarded a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant in the amount of $7000 to the Pope County Historical Society.  The grant was approved by the Society’s awards committee on October 27 and will help replace the museum roof.   The Pope County Historical Society is raising $150,000 to complete this project.

"Appeal letters were sent countywide last week and response is already strong," reports Merlin Peterson, PCHS administrator.

"We are excited to add this grant award to fund."

Call 634-3293 for more information.