COVID19 Response:
Per governor order, we will be closed until further notice. We are happy to take research requests via email at historic@dchsmn.org.  Thank you for your understanding. Immediate concerns may be emailed to brittany.johnson@dchsmn.org.


  • Office Hours:
  • M-F,  8:30-5:00


  • Tours:
  • M-F, 9:00 – 3:00
  • $5/adult, $3/child.
  • Schedule group tours in advance.




Knute Nelson Organization Celebrates 70 years! (1948-2018)

After Sen. Knute and Nicolina Nelson’s daughter Ida died in 1942, the historic Knute Nelson House and surrounding property were donated to the First Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Minnesota, to be used for a nursing and care home. This founding of the Knute Nelson Nursing home was finalized in 1948, when the first residents moved into the big white farmhouse. The Knute Nelson Corporation has since grown, and the white farmhouse was moved across the street and re-purposed as the headquarters for the Douglas County Historical Society MN. Do you enjoy learning about local history? This three part educational series celebrates the 70th anniversary this legacy first made possible by Senator Knute Nelson, his family, First Lutheran Church and the community of Alexandria. Sessions: April 26, May 3, May 17, 2018, 2:30 pm. Grand Arbor Community Room, 4403 Pioneer Rd. SE, Alexandria, MN