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Norman County Minnesota Historical  and Genealogy Society

Solveig Kitchell, Prairie Village Museum Curator
701 W Thorpe Ave, Ada, MN 56510
Phone: 218-784-6904  email:

Nancy Nelson, Red River History Museum Curator
Phone 218-886-8895 email:


The Norman County Historical Society began collecting artifacts in 1947. Society artifacts are housed in the Prairie Village in Ada as well as the Red River History Museum  in Shelly. Thousands of visitors from all over the United States, parts of Canada, and many foreign countries have registered at the museums and Village.

The Norman County Historical Society feels a definite obligation to help in the process of preserving our history, not only for the present generation but also for the future members of our society. We also have a commitment to the many people who have in good faith, contributed items believing that reflections of our early history would be made available for all interested persons.

The Norman County Genealogy Society was formed in February, 1997. The members are dedicated to completing a number of projects. Two of the main ongoing projects are compiling obituaries from the various local newspapers as well as indexing the county cemeteries and adding headstone photos to the index.  While many of the completed projects are featured on the Society's web site, additional records are located at the  Norman County Historical and Genealogy Research Center located in the Log Museum at the  Prairie Village in Ada. It  is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Genealogist are encouraged to visit the Historical and Research Center to search the extensive collection of information on the people who once lived in Norman County. In 2013 the Norman County Historical Society and the Norman County Genealogy Society merged into one organization called the Norman County Historical and Genealogy Society (NCHGS).

In the past, much effort was put forth by various citizens of the county, and as a result, we have a collection of over 25,000 items of historical value. Times are changing, and the losses due to the flood of 1997 have necessitated a new perspective on what is necessary for us to continue a meaningful program to serve the residents of Norman County. In 2000, the Historical Society took on the project of building a new log museum to be located on the grounds of the Prairie Village. This building allows for a rotating exhibit space that meets the needs and demands of today's society. We need the support of many in order to continue this venture.



Board Members

Name Phone Name Phone
TBD, President        Roy Stola, Director 218-886-8695

Alden Anderson, Past President


Beatrice Swenson, Director


Duane Stordahl, Vice President


Myrna Kiaser, Director


Audrey Felske, Treasurer


Wayne DeYoung, Director


Colleen Goltz, Secretary


Kari Aanenson, Director


Solveig Kitchell, Ada Curator


Pete Kappes, Director

Nancy Nelson, Shelly Curator 218-886-8895

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