Welcome

The Iron Range Historical Society (IRHS) is a historical society in northeastern Minnesota. Located on the Mesabi Range in Minnesota’s Arrowhead, it has offices in Gilbert. The Society was founded in 1973. IRHS is a research library and archival house specializing in family and historical research. At present, the all-volunteer, nonprofit, charitable trust, is governed by a Board of Directors.

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. All records and files are available for patrons to browse through. The Society holds information on all three of Minnesota’s Iron Ranges. Members receive free research time, but pay for copies of printed materials. Current hours for the research library and archival house are Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 am to 2 pm. Appointments may be made for other times.

Please visit the pages of this website to learn more about the Iron Range Historical Society.

  • Summer outing at Fall Lake, Winton
    Summer outing at Fall Lake, Winton
  • Harvesting the ice crop, Ely Lake, Eveleth
    Harvesting the ice crop, Ely Lake, Eveleth
  • Lone Jack Mine. Virginia
    Lone Jack Mine. Virginia
  • Digging out after snowfall, Feb 1939
    Digging out after snowfall, Feb 1939
  • Rainy Lake Mills, Silver Lake, Virginia
    Rainy Lake Mills, Silver Lake, Virginia
  • Oliver I M Co. Women working in iron ore lab. Apr. 1943
    Oliver I M Co. Women working in iron ore lab. Apr. 1943

Thank you for visiting and be sure to check out the IRHS page on Wikipedia and on Facebook, where we share newspaper articles, photos from our archives, and other items of historical interest.

Notable people born on the Iron Ranges of Minnesota

Chris Pratt – born in Virginia.   Actor most recently seen in The Magnificent 7.

Francine York – born in Aurora.   Actress most recently seen in the TV series Hot in Cleveland and The Mindy Project.

William “Buzz” Schneider – born in Grand Rapids.   Hockey player and gold medal winner in 1980 Olympic winter games.

Roger Maris – born in Hibbing.   Baseball player with the New York Yankees who broke Babe Ruth’s homerun record with 61 in 1961.

Judy Garland – born in Grand Rapids.   Actress most famous for playing Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

Kevin McHale – born in Hibbing.   Basketball player with the Boston Celtics from 1980 to 1993. Coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves for two years.

Jeno Paulucci – born in Aurora.   Founder of Chun King and inventor of pizza rolls.

John Harrington – born in Virginia.   Hockey player and gold medal winner in 1980 Olympic winter games.

Jessica Biel – born in Ely.   Actress in TV series 7th Heaven for 10 seasons.