The Iron Range Historical Society (IRHS) is a historical society in northeastern Minnesota. Located on the Mesabi Range in Minnesota’s Arrowhead, it has offices in Gilbert. The Society was founded in 1973. IRHS is a research library and archival house specializing in family and historical research. At present, the all-volunteer, nonprofit, charitable trust, is governed by a Board of Directors.
The Iron Range Historical Society is handicap-accessible, has photos and artifacts on display, does not charge admission, and serves the general public with moderate fees. All records and files are available for patrons to browse through. The Society holds information on all three of Minnesota’s Iron Ranges. Members receive free research time, but pay for copies of printed materials. Current hours for the research library and archival house are Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 am to 2 pm. Appointments may be made for other times.
Please visit the pages of this website to learn more about the Iron Range Historical Society.
Thank you for visiting and be sure to check out the IRHS page on Wikipedia and on Facebook, where we share newspaper articles, photos from our archives, and other items of historical interest.
The offices of the Iron Range Historical Society will be moved by volunteers during the month of October. Space is being rented from the City of McKinley and the Society will have 450 square feet more than at the current location in Gilbert. The research library and archival house will be housed in McKinley City Hall. The space will greatly improve services provided to Society patrons and members.
The Board of Directors are excited about this opportunity and ask that members and patrons be patient as it will take a while to be fully up and running. Look for an open house event in local publications toward the early part of 2018.