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Roseville Historical Society

The goal of the Roseville Historical Society is to bring together people who have an interest in local genealogy and history. It has been the official keeper of the city’s history since 1983 and is registered as a non-profit organization. The past 36 years have enabled RHS to not only attract but also preserve excellent historical artifacts that include over 3,000 photographic and written items.

The History

The old Carnegie Library building had been earmarked for demolition in the 1980s and the space used for other communal activity when it came to light that the original donators of the land, the McRae family, had indeed included a caveat as part of their donation; that the land was only to be used as a community library forever.

The people of Roseville joined hands to form “The Roseville Historical Society” with the objective of renovating, preserve, and protect the city’s history. The result was the “Carnegie Library Museum.” The Library is now serving as the City of Roseville’s information and cultural center providing a broad range of programs, materials, and services for the residents and visitors of all ages.

Artifacts and Historical Collection

The collection of artifacts under the Roseville Historical Society is both large and varied. In appreciation of the City’s railroad past, one room at the museum has been completely dedicated to preserving the local train history. Other areas of interest include historic musical and medical instruments, a small military display, as well as kitchen tools and items that have played an important part in the area’s past.

The Carnegie Museum holds over 10,000 historic images, historic documents and oral histories that visitors can search through the catalogue. Also available are early Roseville maps and documents plus 100 years of Roseville newspapers in the archives.

Joining Roseville Historical Society

Single membership to join RHS is just $25 annually. For a household with multiple members, the Society encourages them to increase membership to the household level which goes for $30 per year. It also gives you two votes during elections for board members.

The corporate level membership available at $100 annually is an indication of your support at the business level. All memberships automatically receive activities updates, bi-monthly newsletter, and early announcements about events.


Donations to the Carnegie Museum are welcomed by the Roseville Historical Society. Items donated should be related to Roseville, preferably having a direct link to a specific Roseville business or family.

The mission of the Roseville Historical Society is to protect, promote, and preserve the history of the City of Roseville. The Carnegie Museum, located on the Carnegie Museum, is the official keeper of the city’s artifacts. It operates from 10 am to 2 pm Tuesday to Friday and every 2nd Saturday of the month from 10 am to 2 pm.

The Roseville Historical Society (RHS) now has a new location at City Hall open to the public on Mondays from 9 am to 12:30 pm, and by appointment on Wednesday. On Thursdays, it’s accessible from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

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