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Real stories of history, right at your fingertips.

Ready to Research?

The Stearns History Museum is the perfect place to explore the story you’re searching for—whether it’s yours or someone else’s. Our Research Room offers a world of access to resources for researchers of all levels. 

Your Request, Our Expertise

Sometimes you need a little help finding exactly what you’re looking for. Luckily, our staff is always happy to help.

To get started, visit us, call 320-253-8424, or email info@stearns-musem.org with a description of your research request, and we’ll get back to you with an estimate. Our Head Archivist Steve Penick and Archivist Jessica Storlien will personally see to your request. We charge per half hour of service, and members receive 10% off all research fees.

All That We Offer

Our Research Resources include:

  • Searchable Online Catalog with more than 700,000 historic photographs.
  • Exclusive access to Ancestry.com Library Edition, available in person at our museum.
  • Access to newspapers, and more. 
  • A knowledgeable staff, ready to help.  

Find the full, detailed description of our resource offerings at the button below, as well as any applicable fees.

Museum members save 10% on all research fees. To learn about memberships and its other benefits, please visit our membership page.

Want to see a list of all the resources and everything the Stearns History Museum Research Center has to offer? Check out our “details” page here to get the full description all in once place. You’ll get a more accurate list of the historical records we have readily available to you.

Explore Our Collections

Sometimes research can result in a collection of similar items from a distinct era or region. We currently have four unique collections, all of which you can explore online right here.

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700,000 Photographs and Counting

Every picture tells a story, and we have tons of them to share. Here is a small sampling of the 500,000+ historic photos we’ve archived so far.

Connect with our Research Center

Questions or Requests?

Get in touch with the Research Center staff by emailing us directly, or click the button to contact the museum in general.

Email Steve Penick spenick@stearns-museum.org

Email Jessica Storlien jstorlien@stearns-museum.org

Email John Decker jdecker@stearns-museum.org

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