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Research Library

The Sacred Heart Area Historical Society operates a Research Library in the lower level of its museum. The library has a variety of resources available to the public during museum hours and by appointment.

Resources Include:

  • Genealogies and Family Books
  • Scrapbooks
  • Photographs of the Sacred Heart area:  includes O.C. Sparstad Glass Negative project of approximately 2700 images; farm sites, houses, and other photographs in subjects such as families, businesses, churches, schools, military, organizations, and historical sites
  • Telephone Directories:  with Sacred Heart listing
  • Books and Periodicals:  primarily local history, including Sacred Heart Public School yearbooks
  • Tax assessment records:  Sacred Heart city, Ericson Township, Hawk Creek Township, Sacred Heart Township, Wang Township, and Renville city
  • Newspapers:  microfilms for years 1897-2001 (see index); hardcopies of Sacred Heart papers for years 1956-present and a few earlier issues
  • Minnesota State Population Censuses:  (microfilms – see index) Sacred Heart city, Ericson Township, Hawk Creek Township, Sacred Heart Township, and Wang Township for 1857, 1875, 1895, and 1905 
  • U.S. Non-population Census Schedules:  (microfilms – see index) Sacred Heart city, Ericson Township, Hawk Creek Township, Sacred Heart Township, and Wang Township for 1860-1880
  • Naturalization Records:  (microfilms - see index) 1868-1946

Information Requests:

  • Admission to the Research Center is Free; however, donations are appreciated
  • We accept information requests by mail, phone or email. Please ask specific questions and include a family group sheet for our records and additional information to assist us in locating the individual(s).

Hours: 

  • Tuesdays (1:30-4:30 PM year-around, except holidays and in inclement weather) 
  • Fridays (1:30-4:30 PM April-December, except holidays and in inclement weather) 
  • By appointment

 Fees:

  • Members pay $15 per hour for information request, plus postage and copies. Non-members pay $20 per hour. Please ask specific questions and include your genealogy chart/family group sheet.
  • Black & White Copy $0.25 for non-members; .10 for members
  • Colored Copy $0.50 for non-members; .25 for members
  • Researchers with cameras must fill out a form and submit along with a research fee; Scanners are not permitted.
  • Scanning services are available.
  • For all other requests, please contact us at (320) 762-2274 or shahs@hcinet.net  
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Sonja Thune,
Jan 18, 2014, 1:17 PM
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