Norman County Historical  and Genealogy Society

PO Box 303, Ada, Minnesota 56510

Prairie Village and Research Center, Ada, MN

Red River History Museum, Shelly, MN

The Norman County Genealogy Society and Norman County Historical Society have merged!

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The Norman County Historical Society began collecting artifacts in 1947. Society artifacts are housed in the Prairie Village in Ada as well as the Red River History Museum  in Shelly. There are over 10,000 relics and antiques depicting the world of yesteryear in the buildings owned by the Historical Society. Thousands of visitors from all over the United States, parts of Canada, and many foreign countries have registered at the museums and Village.

The Norman County Historical Society feels a definite obligation to help in the process of preserving our history, not only for the present generation but also for the future members of our society. Also, we have a commitment to the many people who have in good faith, contributed items believing that reflections of our early history would be made available for all interested persons.

The Norman County Genealogy Society was formed in February, 1997. The members are dedicated to completing a number of projects. Two of the main ongoing projects are compiling obituaries from the various local newspapers as well as indexing the county cemeteries and adding headstone photos to the index.  While many of the completed projects are featured on the Society's web site, additional records are located at the  Norman County Historical and Genealogy Research Center located in the Log Museum at the  Prairie Village in Ada. It  is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Genealogist are encouraged to visit the Historical and Research Center to search the extensive collection of information on the people who once lived in Norman County. In 2013 the Norman County Historical Society and the Norman County Genealogy Society merged into one organization called the Norman County Historical and Genealogy Society.

In the past, much effort was put forth by various citizens of the county; and as a result, we have a great collection of items of historical value. Times, however are changing; and the losses due to the flood of 1997 have necessitated a whole new perspective on what is necessary for us to continue with a program to serve Norman County. In 2000, the Historical Society took on the project of building a new log museum to be located on the grounds of the Prairie Village. This building allows for an exhibit area that meets the needs and demands of today's society. We need the support of many people in order to continue  this venture. All donations are welcome.

Contributions and Memberships may be sent to:
Norman County Historical and Genealogy Society
Lorna Rockstad
2045 210th Ave.
Ada, MN 56510

Grain Membership:

Individual- $15.00 Couple- $20.00 Business- $25.00

This site is maintained by Colleen Goltz with
the dedication and assistance of the
Norman County Historical  and Genealogy Society.