Great Northern Railway Historical Society

2023 St Cloud Convention


The St Cloud convention is July 22-26 and will focus on the history of the Great Northern in St Cloud and Waite Park, Minnesota, with tours and presentations. The banquet, raffle and the Model Display are also part of the great line-up we will have this year. CLICK HERE for full brochure with all details!

Registration is available online or in the March GOAT magazine. Here is the current timecard (subject to change). If you prefer to pay by check, you may download a registration form.

And click here to enter the convention raffle of four interesting brass models - open to anyone, even if you don't attend!

Convention Hotel Reservations

The Best Western Plus Kelly Inn, located at 100 4th Ave South, is the hosting hotel for our 2023 convention. The Nightly Room Rate for this convention is $119 + tax. Both King, Queen, and Double Queen Rooms are available. This rate is good from Thursday, July 20 through Friday, July 26, 2023. YOU MUST RESERVE YOUR ROOM BY JUNE 20, 2023. Rooms not reserved by that date will be dropped from the GNRHS convention room block and will not be available at the group rate if you reserve after June 20.

You can book your hotel room on-line by clicking here. Be sure to "EDIT" your desired dates before selecting a room. UPDATE 3/17: Some members have reported difficulty with the link, so Best Western recommends calling the number below in that case.

Or book directly with the hotel at (320) 253-0606 and mention the “Great Northern Railway” to get your group rate; the confirmation number for this group contract is 578494

If you encounter any difficulties in making hotel reservations, please contact Mary McGlothlin, National Convention Officer, at


We need you to register by June 16 so that we can assure that tours, meals, and apparel are available to you! Register with confidence – in the event that the convention must cancel a tour or breakfast buffet due to lack of registrations for that option, we will refund any money you have paid for the option we cancel. If you must cancel, please let Mary McGlothlin know by 4 PM on Friday, July 7; Refunds will NOT be given for any convention cancellation received after July 7.

We are really looking forward to seeing you at the convention!

Updated 3/15/2023

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