Helen McCann White
P.O. Box 146
Lindstrom, MN 55045
The Helen McCann White History Research Library
has relocated into downtown Lindstrom, at 12795
Lake Blvd, Lindstrom, MN, on the south side of
the street, one door east of Gordy's Cards and Gifts.
Click here for a map.
Research Library Hours:
The History Research Library is open three days a
week, year-round. Please call us to arrange an
appointment if you need access at other days or
New Facility in 2017:
Our new location has a large meeting area that will
accommodate small groups of 20 to 30 people. Our
facility is available for use by school groups and other
educational programs. Free on-street parking and
WiFi access are available.
Our Research Library has been expanded and
reorganized to help locate resource materials more
easily. Individual tables and our large conference
table provide convenient areas to work on your
projects. We have a computer projection system that
can be used for making presentations.
A high-speed Kyocera copy machine is available for
your convenience. It provides high-quailty copies, up
to 11"x17" for 25 cents each. New document scanners
have been added and allow our staff to digitize pages
up to 38" in width.
Our new digital microfilm system provides
high-quality printed output for 25 cents a page. We
can add pdf files to your USB memory card if you
bring it along. Or we can email files to your email
address. This state-of-the-art system was financed in
part by a MN Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant.
Our free on-site WiFi service allows you to connect to
the internet during your visit.
Our outlying historical displays and museums
are open during the summer tourist season.
CCHS participates in numerous community events
throughout the county. Various small collections are
displayed at the Chisago County Government Center and
are changed periodically throughout the year. Our
History Exhibits building on the county fairgrounds is
open during the summer fair and other local events. This
is also the location of the first YMCA lodge built in
Minnesota, the Cheewin Log Lodge which sits adjacent to
the main building. The historical society also participates
in other community events throughout the year. Watch
our Upcoming Events page for details.
Our online indexes have been moved to a new
web page. Please click here or the button to
the right to visit that page. Brief descriptions are
provided of each index. These pdf files can be
downloaded and searched using the Adobe
Our Facebook group:
Our Facebook group allows us to expand our ability to
support your research inquiries. When you join (it's
free), your messages will reach other people who
share a common interest in our local events and
history. Click the "Find us on Facebook" menu button
to the left!
Additional research help:
For extensive research projects we will refer you to
local professional genealogists who are specialists in
this area. Rates vary from $35 per hour for
non-members to $25 per hour for CCHS members.
There is a one-hour minimum.
A basic membership in the historical society will
quickly pay for itself. With a basic membership you
also receive our quarterly Chisago Heritage Journal!
Are you coming to visit from a distance?
Please call 651-257-5310 to schedule an
appointment. If your call rolls over into
voice mail, please leave a detailed
message and advise us of your preferred
appointment date and time. Be sure to
leave your name and a contact telephone
number where we can reach you.
Research requests may be submitted
via email. Please be specific as possible
about names and dates regarding your
request. There is generally no fee
involved for simple requests by CCHS
members. Please allow two weeks for
Tuesday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Thursday, Noon to 4:00 pm
Friday, Noon to 4:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Please email or call us
to schedule an appointment
if you need to visit outside these times
History Research Library hours: