Who are we?

We are a society of people dedicated to the preservation of the history of Pipestone County, Minnesota. We operate a historical museum that has many historical artifacts as well as genealogical resources.

The Pipestone County Historical Society was founded in 1880, less than one year after the organization of Pipestone County, and only six years after the first permanent euro-American settlers came to this area. Although one of the younger counties in Minnesota, ours is the second oldest County Historical Society. The society immediately began to collect and preserve the material heritage of the regions, as is the purpose stated in the By-Laws. Collections were housed at the Pipestone County Courthouse until 1967, when the City of Pipestone deeded the Old City Hall Building to the society. Since that time the building has served as the Pipestone County Historical Museum. The museum was at that time open only by appointment, and operated with a volunteer and part-time seasonal staff until the first full-time executive director was hired in 1979. Since that time operations and funding sources have stabilized and steadily increased. The museum staff serves every school in the county with tours, in-house programs, and outreach programs.

Open:  10am - 5pm Daily. Saturdays, January through Memorial Day: Free Admission.


Article II of the Pipestone County Historical Society states very nicely who we are:

The object of the society shall be the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge about the natural history, pre-history of Pipestone County and the State of Minnesota. More particularly, its objects shall be:
1. To discover and collect any material which may help to establish or illustrate the history of the above entitles, their progress in population, ethnic groups, wealth, education, arts, science, agriculture, manufacturers, trade, transportation, religion, and finance-printed materials such as newspapers, pamphlets, catalogues, circulars, handbills, programs, and posters; manuscript materials such as letters, diaries, journals, memoranda, reminiscences, rosters, services records, account books, charts, surveys, field books, tapes, cassettes, film, and other multi-media materials; and museum materials such as pictures, photographs, paintings, portraits, scenes, aboriginal relics, and material objects illustrative of life, conditions, events and activities in the past or the present.
2. To disseminate historical information to interested persons, groups and institutions, and arouse interest in the past by publishing historical materials in the newspapers or otherwise, by holding meetings, addresses, lectures, papers, discussion and tours: and by marking historic buildings, site and trails.


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