Douglas County Historical Society
1219 Nokomis St
Alexandria, MN 56308
Phone: 320-762-0382

Douglas County Historical Society in Alexandria, Minnesota

Become a member for as little as $30.

The non-profit Society was founded in 1976.  Staff and volunteers welcome you to our family-friendly museum, genealogy and research library, and locale for your special group events in the historic residence of Senator Knute Nelson.  The mission of the Douglas County Historical Society is to discover, preserve and disseminate the history of the county and its people.

douglas county historical society office/museum
Office Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30-4:00pm
Public Research Center Mon - Fri: 9:00 - 4:00pm
Guided House Tours Mon - Fri: 9:00 - 3:00pm

Douglas County Historical Society
1219 Nokomis St
Alexandria, MN 56308
(320) 762-0382   email:

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Be sure to check out our DCHS MN Winter 2019 Newsletter here: 2019 Winter Newsletter DCHS MN

This Family Friendly event features a hotdish competition, silent auction, and fun activities for all ages as we celebrate Mr. Knute Nelson's 176th birthday.

The Douglas County Historical Society will be hosting a Hotdish Bake-Off and Silent Auction fundraiser on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, to support our continuing mission, educational programs, and the repair and maintenance of our National Registry of Historic Places-designated home of Sen. Knute and Nicoline Nelson. Patrons will purchase sampling tickets and vote for their favorite hotdish, with the proceeds benefitting DCHS.

Are you or your business interested in making a donation for our Silent Auction? Please call us at 320-762-0382 or email us at - we'd love to have our tables packed full with auction items from individuals, groups and local businesses!

Information about organizing a Hotdish Team Below:

Great organizations to form Hotdish Teams would be churches, non-profits, businesses, and community groups from Douglas County, Minnesota.
The event will be held at the Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria, MN on February 2, 2019, 11am - 1pm.

During our Hotdish Bake-Off, local teams will be competing for Douglas County’s Best Hotdish.  If you have any information about your church/non-profit/business/group, we encourage you to have those materials at your table so Hotdish tasters can get to know your organization!
Our goal is to have all Hotdish Teams registered by Jan. 21st so we can ensure a smooth and well-organized competition.

A Hotdish Team would be responsible for the following:
1.) Three 9x12 pans of a Signature Hotdish from your Church/Group
2.) People to staff your table from set up at 10:30am to pack up after 1pm on February 2, 2019.

Broadway Ballroom will provide tables and chafing dishes.

Hotdishes must be made in a church or commercial kitchen.

Hotdishes may not contain home-canned goods.
Home crockpots/slow cookers may not be used but commercial warming units are permitted.

To register a Hotdish Team or gather more information please call DCHS at 320-762-0382 or email us at Groups are also welcome to provide a silent auction item or basket if you wish to participate but are unable to form a Hotdish Team. Thank you for your time and consideration!