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 page on Wikipedia and on Facebook, where we share newspaper articles, photos from our archives, and other items of historical interest.

Ceremony at Resurrection Church, Eveleth

On Sunday, January 21 at 9:30 a.m. Resurrection Church parishioners, IRHS members, and Eveleth Heritage Committee members will gather at the church’s cornerstone to formally present the new bronze interpretative marker that has been installed. Coffee and treats will be served in the church hall after the event. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

As a historically significant building, Resurrection Church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Beyond the actual building, the original Holy Family institution was (and is) very important to parishioners of the church. It is with the idea of the tradition of the Holy Family Church that the Iron Range Historical Society (IRHS) worked with church administration and the Eveleth Heritage Committee to add to the front of the building, above the cornerstone, a bronze plaque. Through a Legacy Grant from the Minnesota Historical Society, IRHS has worked for a year on creating and installing this plaque, with a vision in mind of producing an interpretative marker which tells the story of the building and its importance in the community. It was designed to be as regal looking as the structure itself.

Resurrection Church is located at 301 Adams Avenue, Eveleth.