Join the Society

Membership Benefits

Membership in the Joseph R. Brown Heritage Society connects you to the Brown family and to Minnesota River Valley’s rich past, and supports efforts to preserve and interpret the area's cultural and ecological history.Memberships start at $15 per year for individuals and give you access to these great benefits:

      • A subscription to JRB News, the Society's newsletter, and other member publications The newsletter contains in-depth articles, as well as updates on the Society's activities and events.
      • Free admission to the society's events and programs, as well as to the Joseph R. Brown Minnesota River Center..
      • Member discount on local history books, souvenirs, and other items in the Store.
      • Voting rights at the Annual Meeting.
      • Research access to the Society's extensive collections without a fee.
      • Most importantly, by becoming a member, you make a tangible contribution to the Society's work. Your gifts and donations to the Society, as well as membership fees (over the $20 family level), are tax deductible.

Membership Rates

Memberships expire December 31 of each year.

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To join, click here for a membership form.    

Other Support Opportunities

Get involved as a volunteer on special projects and events, as a guide in the Exhibit Hall, or as a Research Volunteer. Tell your family or community story on a commemorative plaque that will be displayed in the Center, or add your memoir to the Brown Research Library.