Historical Society

Where Our History Comes Alive


Historical Society
(701) 880-0275 - Shirley O'Connell
(701) 595-4360 - Harold Bruning

Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm MT
If you wish to set up a site visit, please contact Shirley or Harold.

The Grant County Historical Society was founded in 1970 as an organization dedicated to preserving, collecting, researching and interpreting Grant County historical information and items. The Society was created with the hope that it could help future generations learn about and understand county history. One of the first acts of the Society was to rent land from the Grant County Fair Board and establish a site which would eventually be known as Pioneer Village. There historic buildings, equipment and memorabilia are preserved and displayed. Pioneer Village is located in Carson just west of the city park. 

Pioneer Village
Buildings preserved at Pioneer Village include a homestead tar paper shack, Carl School from rural Grant County, and a 1910 depot built by the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad in Raleigh, North Dakota. In addition, a cream station, barber shop, gas station, the Lane building, and Tom's Shoe Shop, all from Carson's past, are on display. Two large steel buildings are used for storing and displaying artifacts and memorabilia. Off site building preservation projects include the Heil School and the Old Stone Church.

With agriculture playing a major role in Grant County's economic development, numerous pieces of antique farm equipment are displayed at Pioneer Village. A 1920 fully operational Rumely Oil Pull tractor is a keystone of the Society's antique implement collection.

Grant County Historical Society is always looking for new members. Our membership base has diminished recently. We are looking for individuals interested in Grant County and its history with a willingness to preserve it for future generations. Annual dues are $5.00 per year. Meetings are held the second Wednesday in February, May, August, and November at 4:00 PM MT in the Commissioner's Room at the courthouse in Carson. New members are always welcome. 

Available Books
Grant County Historical Society volunteers collect and organize historical information. They also maintain and make available for purchase books that document Grant County's history. Source material used for these books are archived newspapers and various other sources. We are always looking for new source materials to make the history books more comprehensive.

Some of the books or copies currently available are:

Carson School Annuals ( missing the following years: 1926-37, 1942, 1943, 1945-50, 1960, 1961, 1963, and 2000).
Carson 50th Anniversary
Carson 75th Anniversary
Carson 100th Anniversary
Prairie Pioneers - Grant County History - Issued During the US Bicentennial
Shield Book by Carrie Weinhandl
Freda Memories
New Leipzig 50th Anniversary
New Leipzig 75th Anniversary
Grant County - 1925
Hertz Family
Koch History
North Dakota 1879-1927
Tall Tales and Small Tales by Ralph Katu
Lewis and Clark
Grant County Courthouse
Scrapbook of Photos from when the Grant County Courthouse burned
Community Businesses and People (Carson)
Community Businesses and People (Elgin)
Community Businesses and People (New Leipzig)
Community Businesses and People (Grant County)
Anniversaries and Birthdays
Births, Generations, and Reunions
Chain of Deeds - City of Carson - Compiled by Rueben Zeller
Area Storms
Grant County News/Carson Press Clippings
Germans from Russia Memories
Memorabilia/Collection Inventory - Grant County Historical Society
Machinery Inventory - Grant County Historical Society
Stevenson Family History
Grant County Wildlife Club
Elgin School (1925-2000)
Carson City Maps
1918 and 2012 Grant County Plat Maps - Taken from County Atlases
1992 Grant County Survey
Patrons in Grant County (1918)
Grant County Land Patents
Grant County Anniversary (25th and 75th)
Grant County Post Offices and Communities
Birth of Grant County
All Grant County Schools
Shields History
Brisbane History
Raleigh History
Leith History
Various Books on Different Schools in Grant County
Grant County Highlights (1908-2018)
Centennial Farms
Grant County Centennial Book
Spicer Family Memories
Grant County Commissioners
History of the Grant County Fair
Grant County Historical
North Dakota Centenarians
Trails, Trains, and Old Towns
Elgin Memories (1938-1984)
Elgin 100th Anniversary

The above list is not comprehensive and new information is constantly being added.

If you have a question, suggestion, or donation of items of interest, please contact Shirley O'Connell or Harold Bruning.

Scroll down for some photos of historic places and things in Grant County.
Color photos by Hannah Diehl. All rights reserved.

Heart Butte Dam under construction 1948
Brisbane Boxing
Brisbane Edited 2
Carson to Almont Freight Route 1910s 1
S C Lane Land Office 1
Elgin 1
Elgin 2
Main Street Shields
1910 Lark (2)
1913 Lark
1910 Leith
1912 Leith November 12
1938 Grant County Courthouse

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Official Newspaper of Record: Grant County News

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