Granite Falls Historical Society


The Volstead House was privately owned until 1974 when it was designated on the National Register of Historic Places and as a National Historic Landmark. The residence was made into a museum by the Minnesota Association of Co-Operatives and given to the city of Granite Falls in 1979.

The Andrew J. Volstead House Museum is managed by the Granite Falls Historical Society, a volunteer based 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to preserving the history of Granite Falls. The City of Granite Falls owns the historic structure.

Current Board of Directors – Granite Falls Historical Society  Monthly meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 6 PM, occasionally via Zoom.  If you would like to join in or are interested in joining the board, please email 

President – Terri Dinesen (term 2019-2022) 

Treasurer – Ronnette Kennedy Trulson (2021-2024)

Director – Melanie Gatchell (term 2018-2021) up for re-election 

Director – Sandy Erickson (2022-2025)

Director – Scott Tedrick (term 2020-2023)

Director – A.J. Herschberger (term 2022-2025)

Director – Letita Thomas-Slalicky (term 2022-2025)

Director – open seat 

Director- open seat

2022 Members of the Granite Falls Historical Society

Thank you for your support!

Gold Members

Granite Falls Lions Club- supporter of the reindeer event

Granite Falls Kiwanis – supporter of the reindeer event

Curt and Jeannette Olson Foundation

Business Members

Family Memberships

  • Richard and Sharon Anderson
  • Les and Sue Berquist
  • Merlin and Sylvia Buchholz
  • Pat and Butch Buschette
  • Bill and Terri Dinesen
  • Mary Gillespie and Mohammed Al-Otaibi
  • Greg and Lynn Holmstrom
  • Phil and Mary Kelly
  • Tom and Mary Ann Kramer
  • Gene and Helen Stukel
  • Dave and Cindy Smiglewski
  • Todd and Nancy Trudel
  • Dennis and Sue Van Hoof

Individual Members

  • Verona Dalin
  • Avis Freitag
  • Dick Connor
  • Carol Heen
  • Virginia Homme
  • Rosalyn Koning
  • Diane Ladner
  • Vonnie Saquilan
  • Chris Swedzinski
  • Beverly Tellefsen
  • Tom Thorkelson
  • Angela Trulson
  • Ronnette Kennedy Trulson
  • Linda Virnig