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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The Alexandria Residential Historic District is on the National Register of Historic places, whose website describes it as: “Outstate Minnesota’s largest and most intact late-19th/early-20th-century residential district, with 59 houses charting Alexandria’s professional class and its architecture.”

Find out more about this historic neighborhood and the houses within, referred to as the Silk Stocking District on our website/blog posting:

Silk Stocking District

Visit our Research Library, or contact us if you are interested in learning more about this area or other topics of Alexandria history.  Slide shows/power points of topics of historical interest in Douglas County are available for presentation to your group.

Robards House, Alexandria, Minnesota, built in 1889, by contractor James L. Aiton, whose family also built the Pope and Douglas County Courthouses, the first high schools in Glenwood and Alexandria, and several of the 1880’s era brick buildings in downtown Alexandria