COVID19 Response:

We will be unable to give tours until further notice. We are happy to take research requests via email at historic@dchsmn.org or phone at 320-762-0382. If you would like to do research in-person, please call or email ahead to arrange an appointment. Thank you for your understanding.

Immediate needs may be emailed to brittany.johnson@dchsmn.org.


  • Office Hours:
  • M-F,  9-4


  • Tours:
  • Currently unavailable. Thank you for your understanding.




An Easy Way to Support Douglas County Historical Society – Thrivent and Amazon Customers

Thrivent Financial and Amazon.com customers can support the Douglas County Historical Society in Alexandria, Minnesota in an easy, cost free way.

Thrivent encourages members to designate a local non-profit to receive charitable giving funds distributed by Thrivent at the member’s request.  It’s as easy as logging in to their website, or contacting your Thrivent agent.  Search for and choose Douglas County Historical Society, 1219 Nokomis Street, Alexandria, Minnesota.


(In the past we have used Thrivent Choice dollars to buy ingredients for our December Bake Sale, and purchase acid free document boxes for our collection of historical artifacts and photos.)

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.  Amazon  customers and Amazon Prime members can also designate the Douglas County Historical Society as their non-profit of choice.  Click on this link: smile.amazon.com/ch/41-1291374

A big thank you also to those generous folks who support DCHS through their continuing memberships at all levels, donations of historic importance to Douglas County, and their time and talents through their volunteer work!

An early photo of Sen. Knute and Nicolina Nelson’s historic home, DCHS headquarters today.