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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Time to Vote for our Scarecrow Contest Winners! Be sure to vote between October 15-30, 2018. Click on the link for voting details and scarecrow photos.


For kids! No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Family Fun! Details:

No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating!
Please RSVP to or call 320-762-0382 so we can better estimate supplies!
Saturday, October 20, 11am - 2pm.
Held outside if the weather is nice, held inside if the weather is not-so-nice. Limited pumpkins will be available on-site, as well as a variety of craft supplies for pumpkin decorating including paint, cutouts, etc. No cost, but a donation jar will be present (and any donations greatly appreciated!) Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Let us bake your Delicious Thanksgiving Pies!

If you want a cozy experience, and delicious, nostalgic treats for the holidays, come to the annual Douglas County Historical Society bake sale at 1219 Nokomis St., Alexandria, MN, 10 am to 2 pm on Dec. 7, 2018. Enjoy the main floor dining room of Knute and Nicolina Nelson´s historic home with a cup of soup and some warm lingonberry cider. Then make your way downstairs for the bake sale action as volunteers demonstrate lefse and krumkaka making, and the tables are overflowing with local favorites.