Carlton County officially transferred the deed for the building that houses the Carlton County Historical Society to the nonprofit March 28.
For the first time, this means that the CCHS owns its own museum property, CCHS Director Mark King said. In the 1980s, the city sold the building to the county for $1.
"With ownership there comes greater responsibility," King said, "but we don't have to feel threatened with the uncertainty of not having a home. So it's a great relief. We're really grateful to stay in this location."
Last fall, the County Board of Commissioners voted to transfer the deed to CCHS for $1, instead of continuing to entertain opportunities to sell the building, said Ron Hanson, who led much of the negotiations between the county before his term on the CCHS board of directors ended.
While the transfer of the deed occurred March 28, Ed Kavanaugh, president of the CCHS board of directors, entertained a photo opportunity Thursday, April 25, as he received the deed from Susan Zmyslony, who was chair of the board when the transaction took place and was voted onto the CCHS board of directors a couple weeks ago.
The public can attend a free open house to celebrate the new ownership of the building from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 18. There will be food, beverages and live music starting at 4 p.m.
Next year will mark the CCHS building's 100th year, Kavanaugh said. The original building burned down in the 1918 fires and was rebuilt on the same foundations.