The Melrose Area Historical Sociery, founded in 1987, strives to preserve and interpret the history and heritage of the residents of the Melrose School District. Beginning with a fledgling collection, the society opened a local museum in the basement of a small former private home that also house the public library on the main floor. With the dedication and generosity of the citizens, the collection soon out grew this area and moved into another former private home occupying the whole building. In 1999, the City of Melrose purchased the former convent from St. Mary's Church and offered this large two story building as the new home of the Melrose Museum. With the main level and second level along with the full basement, the volunteers of the society will be able to better display and interpret the collection to visitors interested in the history of this area.
The Melrose Area Historical society is governed by a Board of Directors and volunteers operates the Melrose Museum. These volunteers collect and catalogue all donated artifact and organize displays within the museum and lead tours for individuals and groups. Currently the museum hours are Wednesday's from 9 am to 4 pm. Tours are available at other times by appointment. Call 320-256-3933 for more information.