The Stevens County Historical Society began as the War Records Office in 1921 but has roots in the Old Settlers Association founded in 1876. They collect documents and artifacts of all types related to the settlement of Minnesota, especially Morris, Minnesota and its environs.
“Located in Morris, Minnesota, the Stevens County Historical Society (SCHS) works diligently to collect the best examples of historical artifacts of life on the prairie. SCHS began as the War Records Office in 1921, but its roots reach back to the Old Settlers Association, founded in 1876. Everything from books and letters to clothing, tools, utensils, photographs, and handmade articles has found its way into our collection. The Historical Museum houses captivating displays of items once used in farming, industry, spinning, cooking, education, religion, medicine, animal husbandry, housing, and works of local artisans in Stevens County.”
The Stevens County Historical Society has some helpful collections for family history research including:
- Cemetery Records and Newspaper Index
- A Downloadable Research Check List for their collections
- Access to the Family History Library digital records
- Many more onsite collections
“From its prairie home in Morris, Minnesota, the Stevens County Historical Society collects photographs, printed materials and esotartifacts that tell the story of the role Stevens County in the movement of settlers into the Dakotas and the western prairies. For Minnesota Reflections, the Stevens County Historical Society shared images of the American Indian Boarding School, which eventually became the University of Minnesota, Morris. Other images capture the development of rural west central Minnesota, which include agricultural, industrial, social, labor, architectural and construction history.”