Museum Collections

 
 
Showroom display toy for the Hilltop Trailer Sales company, ca. 1960’s.

Showroom display toy for the Hilltop Trailer Sales company, ca. 1960’s.

Artifact Collections

ACHS has over 19,000 physical artifacts at the History Center. These items range from tiny pins to large pieces of furniture, from photographs to clothing. While some objects may be too large or too fragile to be easily removed from storage, in many cases our artifacts are also available for research. Our full museum database can be searched at the History Center, and staff will retrieve specific artifacts for patrons to look at.

Over the coming year, we will be making more of our collections available publicly online: click here to go to the MN Collections website to check for new additions.

Don’t forget that the Exhibit Hall always has many artifacts on display!

Documents from the Anoka Masonic Lodge collection.

Documents from the Anoka Masonic Lodge collection.

Archival Collections (Manuscripts)

The archival collections contain a large variety of materials, including diaries, family photographs and scrapbooks, newspapers, handwritten notes, letters, play programs, personal journals, advertising, compiled histories, and more!

If you are coming into the History Center to do research, these files can be searched or browsed through our museum database.

Over the coming year, we will be making more of our collections available publicly online: click here to go to the MN Collections website to check for new additions.

Interview with Natalie Haas Steffen, 2015.

Interview with Natalie Haas Steffen, 2015.

Oral History Collection

We have more than 250 oral interview audio files and typed transcripts at the History Center. Click the subject links below to find the interviews:

We regularly conduct new Oral Histories, and will make more of the existing collections available online.