Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library & Village

Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library & Village The Freeborn County Historical Society (FCHS) is committed to preserving and sharing history about our county. From our Staff and Board of Trustees to our volunteers and members, we are eager to create long-lasting connections for everyone who interacts w

Due to the extremely high heat index for today, the Village will be closed.  We apologize for any inconvenience, however...
07/19/2019

Due to the extremely high heat index for today, the Village will be closed. We apologize for any inconvenience, however the safety of our visitors is a priority. The Museum will be open, and is air conditioned. Great day to tour inside!

We're looking for volunteers for the many upcoming events here at the museum! If you're interested in volunteering, plea...
07/02/2019

We're looking for volunteers for the many upcoming events here at the museum! If you're interested in volunteering, please stop in and ask for Tricia. I'd love to get you an application and talk to you about where you'd like to pitch in!

07/02/2019

FCHM Hires New Volunteer Coordinator

Hi!

I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself to all of our fabulous volunteers! My name is Tricia and I’m the new Volunteer Coordinator/Marketing Assistant here at the Freeborn County Historical Museum (FCHM).

My job is to recruit, maintain, train and match each volunteer with the position that is right for them. All of our volunteers are invaluable, so making sure we find a place where you fit, and are happy, is my primary concern. We want you to thrive in your volunteer work with us! Should you choose to volunteer, I’ll be your go to contact for any questions, concerns, thoughts and suggestions.

When I’m not working with our wonderful volunteers, I’m helping our executive director, Stephanie Kibler, create and implement many of our marketing plans. My job keeps me busy, but I adore every minute of it!

I sincerely look forward to meeting, and getting to know, each of you as we work together to preserve, and educate about, the history of this beautiful county.

We're always looking for new volunteers to help out, so if you're interested, please stop in and see me so we can have you fill out an application and find somewhere for you to help!

We had a fun celebration for our Mortgage Burning Friday evening.  Thank you to all who attended.
06/25/2019

We had a fun celebration for our Mortgage Burning Friday evening. Thank you to all who attended.

Congrats Geneva Fire Department on 100 years.
06/24/2019

Congrats Geneva Fire Department on 100 years.

Tonight's the night!  Join us in the Museum for beverages, s'mores, live music, tour the new expansion and meet the staf...
06/21/2019

Tonight's the night! Join us in the Museum for beverages, s'mores, live music, tour the new expansion and meet the staff and Board.

Sure to be a fun day!  There will be a wide range of vintage and new fire trucks on display.
06/18/2019

Sure to be a fun day! There will be a wide range of vintage and new fire trucks on display.

Come out and help us celebrate.

Please join us for a fun night in the village!
06/15/2019

Please join us for a fun night in the village!

Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library & Village's cover photo
06/08/2019

Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library & Village's cover photo

Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library & Village
06/08/2019

Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library & Village

06/08/2019

Freeborn County Historical Society is currently seeking a part time Volunteer Coordinator/Administrative Assistant to join its team providing programming to Albert Lea and surrounding communities!

Freeborn County Historical Society is a non-profit that has been serving the area for more than 70 years. The mission of the Society to collect, preserve, and protect a record of Freeborn County and its people. To make this history known throughout the establishment and development of the Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library & Village and related archives, activities, and displays - for the benefit, education, and enjoyment of the citizens of Freeborn County and all who share an interest in history.

Working as a volunteer coordinator/ administrative assistant, you will manage all elements of volunteering within the organization. The role involves assessing and meeting the organizations volunteer needs through the recruitment, placement and retention of volunteers.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the administrative assistant/volunteer coordinator will perform a range of administrative and office support functions as well as coordinator volunteers for FCHM programs and events.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Beautiful day for a car show!  Cars on display on Broadway until 3PM.  Museum and Village are also open until 3PM.
06/08/2019

Beautiful day for a car show! Cars on display on Broadway until 3PM. Museum and Village are also open until 3PM.

We have to give a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our wonderful sponsors. Without their generosity, this event would not b...
06/06/2019

We have to give a heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our wonderful sponsors. Without their generosity, this event would not be possible. Please patronize these sponsors whenever you can. Remember too that this event benefits the Freeborn County Historical Museum. Come out to the museum and see our Eddie Cochran and Marion Ross displays....and become a member while you're there.

'C'mon Everybody' and have a great time this weekend at the 33rd Car Show & Eddie Cochran Weekend Festival!

We have to give heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our wonderful sponsors. Without their generosity, this event would not be possible. Please patronize these sponsors whenever you can. 'C'mon Everybody' and have a great time this weekend at the 33rd Car Show & Eddie Cochran Weekend Festival!

Updates to Eddie Cochran Weekend include more music, route change for cruise - Albert Lea Tribune
06/05/2019
Updates to Eddie Cochran Weekend include more music, route change for cruise - Albert Lea Tribune

Updates to Eddie Cochran Weekend include more music, route change for cruise - Albert Lea Tribune

A change in the Eddie Cochran parade route means the classic cars will spend more time hugging the lake and less out in the country. Eddie Cochran Weekend committee chairman Jerry Monson said the country portions of the ride did not offer as much scenery and cars moved too fast to really get a good....

It was great to have Alex Tejada KTTC onsite today.
05/17/2019
Historical village takes visitors back in time

It was great to have Alex Tejada KTTC onsite today.

Now open for the season, the village preserves and tells the story of Freeborn County's past, featuring 18 buildings from the late 1800s, such as the Livdalen Cabin, the first built in the county back in 1853.

In the nonprofit sector, volunteers make the world go round.  FCHM has a wide range of opportunities, from lawn mowing t...
05/11/2019

In the nonprofit sector, volunteers make the world go round. FCHM has a wide range of opportunities, from lawn mowing to reception desk, archives to programming. If you are interested in volunteering contact us at 507.373.8003.

Nice job Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau.
05/11/2019

Nice job Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Had the opportunity to visit with Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan on the importance of funding history.
05/11/2019

Had the opportunity to visit with Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan on the importance of funding history.

It is a beautiful day for a tour.
05/10/2019

It is a beautiful day for a tour.

Linchaser is the publication for members of the Minnesota Streetrod Association. The latest issue of Linechaser includes...
05/08/2019

Linchaser is the publication for members of the Minnesota Streetrod Association. The latest issue of Linechaser includes a short piece about Eddie Cochran Weekend in Albert Lea. The Eddie Cochran Weekend began in 1991 and is a fundraiser for the Freeborn County Historical Museum.

This year's Eddie Cochran event will see 4 bands. Richie Lee & Fabulous 50s on Thursday, Johnny Rogers on Friday, Holy Rocka Rollaz during the car show on Saturday and wrapping up the day will be the Whitesidewalls! Dust off your classic car and bring it out on Saturday.

We are fast approaching one of the busiest times of the year here at the historical museum - School Tours! We are seekin...
04/29/2019

We are fast approaching one of the busiest times of the year here at the historical museum - School Tours! We are seeking volunteer tour guides to act as ambassadors for the school tour groups offering an engaging, interactive experience for the children. The guides explain the exhibits and relate to the students their own experiences or perspective of history as they know it. All materials are provided to ensure you have the information you need. /Call today if interested in volunteering. 507/373-8003
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In preparation for school tours, we invite you to join us on Saturday, April 27, 8:30 AM in the Village for building cle...
04/24/2019

In preparation for school tours, we invite you to join us on Saturday, April 27, 8:30 AM in the Village for building clean up. All cleaning supplies are provided. This is a great opportunity for service groups of all ages.

The Brundin Band in 1905.
04/23/2019

The Brundin Band in 1905.

Volunteers are needed to help provide tours to student  field trips in the Museum and Village. Call 507-373-8300 for mor...
04/22/2019

Volunteers are needed to help provide tours to student field trips in the Museum and Village. Call 507-373-8300 for more details. Must be 16 years and older. This is a great way to give back to our local schools and our local Historical Society.

Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library & Village's cover photo
04/17/2019

Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library & Village's cover photo

We had a great group visit us from the UK this winter. They were her to enjoy the Winter Dance Party at the Surf in Clea...
04/08/2019

We had a great group visit us from the UK this winter. They were her to enjoy the Winter Dance Party at the Surf in Clear Lake and made the trek to the museum to see Eddie's memorabilia. Thanks for coming gang!!

A fabulous source of information. You can easily search this entire document for people, incidents and more.https://arch...
04/06/2019
History of Freeborn County : Neill, Edward D. (Edward Duffield), 1823-1893. Explorers and pioneers of Minnesota. 1882 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive

A fabulous source of information. You can easily search this entire document for people, incidents and more.
https://archive.org/details/historyoffreebor00neil/page/n5

Including Explorers and pioneers of Minnesota, and Outline history of the state of Minnesota, by Rev. Edward D. Neill; also, Sioux massacre of 1862, and State...

Eddie Cochran 1955
04/01/2019

Eddie Cochran 1955

Ahhh.....summers past.
03/27/2019

Ahhh.....summers past.

This is the entrance to the old Albert Lea High School Auditorium....parts of which are in the Freeborn County Historica...
03/24/2019

This is the entrance to the old Albert Lea High School Auditorium....parts of which are in the Freeborn County Historical Museum. If you're not a member, come on in and become a member.

The Brundin Market is said to be the precursor of Wilson Packing.
03/20/2019

The Brundin Market is said to be the precursor of Wilson Packing.

Eddie Cochran Weekend
02/05/2019

Eddie Cochran Weekend

We just met a great bunch of folks from the UK. They came to take-in the Winter Dance Party at the Surf Ballroom. On their way back to the airport they stopped in to the Freeborn County Museum to see the Eddie Cochran Exhibit. Facebook friends became a face-to-face reality today! Thanks for coming to Albert Lea....I hope we can meet again. A special thanks to Terry Cole for his insight about Eddie.

Moose Lodge 1703---Chapter 1364---Albert Lea,Minnesota
02/02/2019

Moose Lodge 1703---Chapter 1364---Albert Lea,Minnesota

Moose Lodge donates to the Freeborn County Historical Society.

When in town for the 2019 fishing opener, come on over the the Freeborn County Historical Museum. Check-out our fascinat...
01/12/2019
Albert Lea to Host 2019 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener

When in town for the 2019 fishing opener, come on over the the Freeborn County Historical Museum. Check-out our fascinating village and displays....including Eddie Cochran and Marion Ross exhibits.

https://www.kaaltv.com/news/albert-lea-to-host-2019-minnesota-governors-fishing-opener/4905367/

Next year's Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener will be held May 9-12 on Fountain Lake, one of the largest lakes in the Albert Lea area. This will be the first time in the history of the event that it will be held in Albert Lea.

Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library & Village's cover photo
12/05/2018

Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library & Village's cover photo

I wonder how many remember the bowling alley on Water Street? If I am thinking correctly, that spot is now the parking l...
12/05/2018

I wonder how many remember the bowling alley on Water Street? If I am thinking correctly, that spot is now the parking lot to the north of Marion Ross Theater.

Colonel Albert Lea Days  1940. Wow, look at all the people!!!!
12/05/2018

Colonel Albert Lea Days 1940. Wow, look at all the people!!!!

Johnson Service Station on Fountain Street in Albert Lea. The Fountain St. Grocery was just 1/2 block west of Johnson's ...
12/04/2018

Johnson Service Station on Fountain Street in Albert Lea. The Fountain St. Grocery was just 1/2 block west of Johnson's Service. I remember getting a popsicle at the grocery on those hot summer days.

12/04/2018
If you didn't eat in cafeteria, you probably went to Shea's.
12/01/2018

If you didn't eat in cafeteria, you probably went to Shea's.

11/30/2018
11/30/2018

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1031 Bridge Ave
Albert Lea, MN
56007

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

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