Library materials, available for use by the general public during regular Kanabec History Center hours, may not be removed from the Kanabec History Center building. Research costs $10/hour for non-members and is currently free for members.
Library materials are organized into the following subject categories:
Many brochures and newsletters are available from historical societies and other agencies around the state. Recent issues are available in the research room and back issues are available upon request.
FISH LAKE AREA:
LEWIS LAKE AREA:
Materials in the archives of the Kanabec County Historical Society are available for research purposes with staff assistance.
ORAL HISTORY TAPES
The Kanabec County Historical Society maintains a collection of oral history tapes of interviews conducted with Kanabec County residents on subjects of historical relevance.
COUNTY MAPS & ATLASES
Framed Map: Shows plats of all townships with owner’s names inscribed. Copyright 1905 Willis Fairbanks, Hunter and Van Valkenburgh, Map Publishers, Rockford, IL.
Following cemeteries were inventoried during the summer of 1985 with records currently being updated:
Tombstone readings were correlated with other existing cemetery records. Maps are included. These records are available for use at the Kanabec History Center. They are also available for sale for $6.00 per cemetery or $50.00 for the entire set of 11. If you are interested in copies, please contact the Center at (320) 679-1665 or e-mail at Kanabec History Center.
Other cemetery records are available. The records for Oakwood Cemetery in Mora are available at the Kanabec History Center - and also at Mora City Hall, 101 Lake Street South from 8 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday.
Mora City Hall: 320-679-1511
Graceland Cemetery records are available at the Ogilvie City Hall, 102 N Hill Ave from 8:00 to 3:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. (320) 272-4822
St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery records are available by appointment by calling the church office at (320) 679-1593.
The photograph collection consists of prints, negatives and slides arranged in the following categories:
Photocopies of all prints are available for research at the Kanabec History center. Staff assistance is required for use of the actual photograph collection.
Essay papers, research papers, newspaper clippings and other miscellaneous reference materials are organized into the following categories:
We have many antique and contemporary books available for research and information. They are roughly categorized by subject.
Genealogy forms - Ancestor Charts, Family Group Pages - fee charged.
Photocopy of documents - fee charged. (25 centers per page)
Microfilm print-out - fee charged. (25 cents per page)
COUNTY NEWSPAPER PUBLICATIONS
Newspapers on Microfilm:
A public research center has been organized within the Kanabec History Center structure. Files containing county information, reference books, genealogy data, clippings and photocopies of the photograph collection are housed there in addition to a work/study area for research use. The guidelines for records storage as proposed by the Minnesota Historical Society have been met. They are as follows:
BIRTH, DEATH AND MARRIAGE RECORDS
The birth, death and marriage records have been abstracted from all of the county newspapers. Years 1884 through present are typed on 3 x 5 index cards. Marriages have been cross-indexed for both bride and groom.
RURAL SCHOOL INFORMATION
Many histories of the rural schools of the county were collected by Ester Boyd, County Superintendent of Schools during the 50’s. These histories together with various school records are available at the Kanabec History Center for research.
Additional information is being added continuously to these files as it appears. Photographs of school buildings, classes, teachers, and activities are needed for many of these schools. There is a listing of county rural teachers association members 1931 - 1965 also. Additional information on any of the rural schools, particularly on the fate of the school buildings, would be welcomed.