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Prairie Village and Research Center
701 W Thorpe Ave, Ada, MN
Solveig Kitchell, Curator

Norman County Historical  and Genealogy Society

701 W Thorpe Ave, PO Box 201

Ada, Minnesota 56510
Phone: 218-784-6904  Email:


Red River History Museum
One block east off Hwy 75, Shelly, MN
Nancy Nelson, Curator


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Mission Statement: 

The Norman County Historical and Genealogy Society has been established for the purpose of preserving, maintaining and promoting the history of Norman County. In addition the society will offer educational opportunities and social interaction for the citizens of Norman County and other interested members of the public.




History Matters

Even When We're Closed!


Volunteers are already busy organizing and preparing new exhibits for 2018. Watch for more information on these new exhibits:

  • World War I 

  • Norman County Hardware Stores

  • Rev. Andrews Charcoal, paint, and water color art work

  • Norman County Race Track

  • 1940's dinning room




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 NCHGS Calendar of Events 2017-18

Nov 12 :

3rd Annual  Pork Dinner Fund Raiser

 - Ada High School 11-1

            Dec 2:

  Ada Old Fashion Christmas

 June 20-23:


 Norman County Fair

 - Adult History Quiz

 Sept 8:

 Fun in the Flatlands
  - Pioneer Days

May 26: Opening day-Prairie Village

Cash for the Cabin

We Need Your Help!



Donations can be made through our Facebook page

The log cabin situated in Prairie Village was built in 1870. It is the oldest complete log cabins left in Norman County. Currently the cabin is closed to the public due to safety concerns. One of the Societies goals is to expand educational programming for children (and adults) by providing experiences of what it was like to live during the early days of Norman Counties settlement. The cabin is a focal point for that experience but first we must restore the cabin to a safe condition by-

  • Dismantling cabin and pouring solid foundation

  • Reassemble and repair roof and chinking

  • Restore cabin interior to replication of cabin living during the early days


Prairie Village Facilities Available
family reunions, weddings, anniversaries
and club meetings
May through October




Contact museum curator

Solveig Kitchell

218-784-6904 or 218-556-0122

Your Support is Needed

All donations are welcome, however the
following are suggested contribution categories:

We are a 501c3 organization

Contributions and memberships may be sent to:
Norman County Historical and
Genealogy Society

Lorna Rockstad
2045 210th Ave.
Ada, MN 56510


Individual- $15.00 Couple- $20.00 Business $25.00
  • Pioneer: $250.00

  • Merchant: $500.00

  • Investor: $1,000.00 


This site is maintained by NCHGS with
the dedication and assistance of the
Norman County Historical and Genealogy Society members.
Copyright NCHGS 2017