The Roseau County Museum and Historical Society shall collect, preserve and disseminate the knowledge about the history of Roseau County and relate it to the history of the state of Minnesota.
The mission is carried out by:
- Collecting and preserving objects and materials that present a history of the human life in Roseau County;
- Providing access to the collection to all ages of the public through Museum exhibition and the Roseau County Research Center;
- Encouraging and doing research that pertains to Roseau County;
- Relating the history of Roseau County to the State of Minnesota;
- Striving to achieve the areas within the RCHS Vision.
The object of the society shall be the collection, preservation and dissemination of knowledge about the history of Roseau County and to relate it to the history of the state of Minnesota. More particularly its objects shall be:
1. to locate and collect any material which may help establish or illustrate the history of Roseau County or the State of Minnesota, the exploration, settlement, development, and activities in peace and war, the progress in population, ethnic groups, wealth, education, arts, sciences, agriculture, manufactures, trade, transportation, religion, and finance. These materials shall include printed materials such as histories, genealogies, biographies, gazetteers, directories, newspapers, pamphlets, catalogues, circulars, handbills, programs and posters; manuscript materials such as letters, diaries, journals, memoranda, reminiscences, rosters, service records, account books, charts, surveys, field books, tapes, cassettes, films, and other multimedia materials; and museum materials such as pictures, photographs, paintings, portraits, scenes, American Indian artifacts, and material objects illustrative of life conditions, events, and activities from the geological past to the present.
2. to disseminate historical information to interested persons, groups, and institutions and arouse interest in the past by publishing historical materials in the newspapers or otherwise by holding meetings with addresses, lectures, papers, discussion and tours; and by marking or restoring historic buildings, sites and trails, to accomplish these goals through the establishment of clearly defined collection, conservation and interpretation policies.