About Forest History
Visiting the Site
The Forest History Center is located on the edge of scenic Grand Rapids, Minn. along the shores of the Mississippi River. This Minnesota Historical Society site is the location of three living history features, an interpretive center, a covered picnic pavilion and 2.5 miles of woodland nature trails.
We realize that each group's agenda will be different so we are willing to customize our features and staff to meet your needs whenever possible.
However, because of our public hours in the summer and fall, certain features may have restricted hours.IDEAS FOR USING OUR FACILITY
Business conferences, staff meetings, training sessions, birthdays, weddings, scout gatherings, family reunions, picnics, and more. We're sure there are other possibilities-you let us know what your ideas are!CATERING
Meals can be catered to the cookshack, the interpretive center or the picnic grounds only. Groups must make their own catering arrangements. The Forest History Center staff can provide a list of qualified caterers upon request.FEATURES
Interpretive Center/Conference Room—theater-type seating for 60 or conference seating at tables for up to 40. Audio-visual equipment and three breakout rooms available. Coffee provided.
1900 Logging Camp—includes office/store, bunkhouse, cookshack, barns and blacksmith shop. Costumed staff provided at additional cost.
1901 River Wanigan—a floating cookshack/supply boat that followed the log drivers down the river to the sawmill in the spring. Costumed staff provided at additional cost.
1934 Minnesota Forest Service Complex—includes MFS Cabin, tool cache, garage with Model-T and fire tower. Costumed staff provided at additional cost.
COSTUMED INTERPRETERS specialize in involving guests in activities.
RESERVATIONS —call 218-327-4482 or write Forest History Center, 2609 County Road 76, Grand Rapids, MN 55744 to inquire about details or to make reservations.