Our Resources

If you are able to visit our museum, you are welcome to conduct your own research with our materials. Otherwise, our staff can conduct research for you at a rate of $10 per hour. Below are just some of the resources we have available for research:

Newspapers Preserved on Microfilm

Heron Lake Guardian, 1880-1893

Heron Lake News, 1889-1980

Jackson County Times, 1897-1913

Jackson Republic, 1891-1934

Jackson Pilot, 1891-1985

Lakefield Standard, 1891-1985

Lakefield Herald, 1895-1904

Okabena Press, 1918-1919; 1926-1978

Additional Research Materials

Plat Books and Maps

Extensive Collection of Local Obituaries

Local and State Censuses Preserved on Microfilm

Genealogical Files

Cemetery Records

Library of Local Publications

High School Yearbooks


The Jackson County Historical Society also boasts a collection of over 25,000 cataloged items including 3D objects, textiles, photographs, and archival materials that help tell the story of Jackson County.