Founded in 1934, the Anoka County Historical Society is dedicated to preserving and sharing Anoka County history.

Our mission is to gather, preserve and disseminate history for the enjoyment and education of young and old, residents and travelers alike. The artifacts donated to the museum are symbols of our pride in the past. We are thankful for the foresight and hard work of this organization’s founders and we continue to be dedicated to preserving our county heritage.

We have been honored with national and state awards for our excellent programming. We brings the stories of Anoka County’s past to life with fascinating public programs and thought-provoking exhibitions at the Anoka County History Center and Library. Each year, the dedicated staff and volunteers of the Historical Society serve tens of thousands of history enthusiasts.

The Anoka County Historical Society serves the following communities:

  • Andover
  • Anoka
  • Bethel
  • Blaine
  • Centerville
  • Circle Pines
  • Columbia Heights
  • Columbus
  • Coon Rapids
  • East Bethel
  • Fridley
  • Ham Lake
  • Hilltop
  • Lexington
  • Lino Lakes
  • Linwood
  • Nowthen
  • Oak Grove
  • Ramsey
  • St. Francis
  • Spring Lake Park

Artifacts in the History Center have been donated by Anoka County families.

Museum operations depend on donations, membership fees, program revenues, and funding from Anoka County.

The Anoka County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to ACHS are tax-deductible within the allowable limits of the law.

The Anoka County History Center and Library is also the home of the Anoka County Genealogical Society, an affiliate of the Anoka County Historical Society.