The Iron Range Historical Society was incorporated in 1973, the first historical society on the Mesabi Iron Range. Since 1976, the Iron Range Historical Society has been located in the old Gilbert City Hall at 19 Broadway Street in Gilbert, Minnesota, which was built in 1915. This building housed the old City Offices and Police Department. It is a very unique building indeed, and the Iron Range Historical Society occupies the old police station on the main floor. It is one of the last old time jails in existence. It is well worth the trip to see the state of the art functions for its time. The Iron Range Historical Society is located across from the new Gilbert City Hall, Fire Department and Police Department completed in 1993, adjacent to Koshar’s Sausage Kitchen. Prior to coming to Gilbert, the Iron Range Historical Society was located in Biwabik and Aurora.
At present, the all-volunteer, charitable trust, nonprofit Iron Range Historical Society is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors. The mission of the Society is to collect, preserve and share our materials.
The Iron Range Historical Society is handicap-accessible, has photos and artifacts on display, does not charge admission and serves the general public with moderate fees. Historical displays and records are there for your browsing. The museum houses information from all three of Minnesota’s Iron Ranges. Members receive free research time, but pay for copies of printed materials. The current hours for our Research Library are Mondays and Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Appointments may be made for other times.
Please check out the various pages on this site to learn more about us. We also encourage you to explore the links to other sites which feature the Iron Range Historical Society or are affiliated members.