Welcome

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 McKinley. 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.

  • Summer outing at Fall Lake, Winton
    Summer outing at Fall Lake, Winton
  • Harvesting the ice crop, Ely Lake, Eveleth
    Harvesting the ice crop, Ely Lake, Eveleth
  • Lone Jack Mine. Virginia
    Lone Jack Mine. Virginia
  • Digging out after snowfall, Feb 1939
    Digging out after snowfall, Feb 1939
  • Rainy Lake Mills, Silver Lake, Virginia
    Rainy Lake Mills, Silver Lake, Virginia
  • Oliver I M Co. Women working in iron ore lab. Apr. 1943
    Oliver I M Co. Women working in iron ore lab. Apr. 1943

Thank you for visiting and be sure to check out the IRHS on Facebook, Wikipedia, and Instagram.

ZOOM EVENT

Societal Changes Brought on by Pandemics

Information of past pandemics in history will be discussed and how these illnesses changed society and culture. Some interesting questions to ponder are: - Was the Iron Range affected by the 1918 pandemic? - Why is Spanish Flu an incorrect term? - Will we ever erase pandemics? - What is happening today because of this pandemic? - What do you think future generations may not realize about this moment? What should they know?

Please help the Iron Range Historical Society preserve the stories of this time for future generations. We will have a lively discussion.

WHEN: Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 2 pm CST

WHERE: Zoom digital video conferencing, email mrs.m@mchsi.com to receive the Zoom ID

We hope to see you there!