Bring alive the rich history of the Tower-Soudan area through people, artifacts, and stories.
Collect, preserve, and disseminate knowledge about the history and the prehistory of the Tower-Soudan area, and relate it to the history of the State of Minnesota.
The Tower Soudan Historical Society was founded in 1963 by Thersea "Treat" Jeffrey. Since then, many passionate people have been a part of the Society. Their passion has enabled many large and continous projects, such as the creation, maintenance, and expansion of the museum, the collection and resoration of multiple train cars, and the maintenance of the 1915 homesteader's cabin from Smart's Bay. The Society also provides opportunities for multiple speakers, authors, and researchers in various fields related to our area to share their knowledge.
2015 marked the 125th anniversary of the first shipment of iron ore from the Soudan Mine and the birth of Minnesota mining. At over 100 members, the Tower Soudan Historical Society is excited to see what the next 125 years brings for our communities.
Further explore this page for more details of how the Society functions and how you can get involved!
The board primarily meets every other month. For 2021, meetings will be virtual via Zoom. The button below will take you to the latest Board Meeting Schedule. Interested members are welcome at board meetings; contact President Doug Workman (email is ) to be added as a guest.
Committees of the TSHS provide board members a more direct path to express their passions for the varied work of the Society. The link below will show you the current composition of the committees.
Become a member!
The most direct way to support the TSHS is through annual membership. This provides steady funding for projects and programs year round. It also keeps you up to date on all that the Society is doing, and gives you 10% off in the gift shop! Dues are $10 individual and $20 family. Please mail to TSHS, PO Box 465, Tower MN 55790 and include member's name, mailing address, phone and email.
Rent the Coach
Having a special event? The Coach 81 passenger car is available for your dinner, guest speaker, meeting, or party for up to 45 people. Previous events include a murder mystery dinner theatre, a ladies lunch, guest speakers on the importance of the fur trade to Northern Minnesota, and a mother-daughter tea.
Please complete this form or
call the office (753-5021)
to inquire about availability and rates.