The Polk County Historical Society was established in 1937 by a group of Polk County residents to manage the preservation of the rich history of Polk County and the housing of artifacts. The Society is a nonprofit organization with a Board of Directors and Membership.

The Old Courthouse, built in 1899 is a beautiful Romanesque, three story building, located in the heart of beautiful Balsam Lake.

In 1975 the Polk County Courthouse was relocated and the County invited the Historical Society to relocate their one room museum to the Old Courthouse. The Courthouse is listed on The National Register of Historic Places.

Three floors of Museum, offering a myriad of exhibits fits almost any interest; it is a priority of the Society to not only display items of local history, but to educate visitors of the history of the area. (About tab, top of page, features the many displays).

History lays the groundwork for strong, resilient communities. No place really becomes a community until it is wrapped in human memory: family stories, tribal traditions, civic commemorations. No place is a community until it has awareness of its history, strengthened when we share stories and experiences.

Visit our museum store featuring; local artists, books, t-shirts, hats and other fun items.

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