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
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Thank you to the Moose Lodge 1703---Chapter 1364---Albert Lea,Minnesota and their staff for helping the FCHM staff and b...
02/07/2020

Thank you to the Moose Lodge 1703---Chapter 1364---Albert Lea,Minnesota and their staff for helping the FCHM staff and board with a successful Meatball Supper. And a thank you to all who came and supported the FCHM.

We are busy at the Museum preparing for the Meatball Supper/Bake Sale/Silent Auction and building new exhibits.  Opening...
02/05/2020

We are busy at the Museum preparing for the Meatball Supper/Bake Sale/Silent Auction and building new exhibits. Opening in May, our Millinery Shop will feature our hat collection as well as an interactive area for kids. Your support of our events, like the Meatball Supper, help fund the exhibits and preservation of collection items. Hope to see you at the Moose Lodge tomorrow night!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  We have a Valentine postcard printed by Lewis Printing Company, of Albert Le...
01/31/2020

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. We have a Valentine postcard printed by Lewis Printing Company, of Albert Lea.

Leonard G. Lewis (1881-1961), Albert Lea's "Perpetual Printer"

In addition to having unique postcards and envelopes for sale at the Museum, a portion of the Lewis Printing Co. printing plant is on exhibit and Leonard's newspapers and magazines are in the archives at FCHM.

Be sure to stop in and view the new Marion Ross exhibit.  More interpretation, new features.
01/30/2020

Be sure to stop in and view the new Marion Ross exhibit. More interpretation, new features.

The Quilts of Freeborn County opens to the public tomorrow.  The quilts on display have wonderful stories and incredible...
01/28/2020

The Quilts of Freeborn County opens to the public tomorrow. The quilts on display have wonderful stories and incredible designs. One of the quilts has more than 1,000 signatures from Freeborn County embroidered on it. Admission is free to members, $7.50 for nonmembers.

Are you looking for a unique Valentine?  This postcard is a Lewis Printing Co. original and can be purchased at the Muse...
01/27/2020

Are you looking for a unique Valentine? This postcard is a Lewis Printing Co. original and can be purchased at the Museum Store. Purchase a gift membership for your Valentine and the postcard is free.

Leonard G. Lewis (1881-1961), Albert Lea's "Perpetual Printer"

In addition to having unique postcards and envelopes for sale at the Museum, a portion of the Lewis Printing Co. printing plant is on exhibit and Leonard's newspapers and magazines are in the archives at FCHM.

01/22/2020

Museum is coated in ice this AM. We will be closed for the day as we attempt to clear street and sidewalk. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Ice deliveries end. 1951
01/20/2020

Ice deliveries end. 1951

News from 101 years ago today
01/16/2020

News from 101 years ago today

Throwback Thursday: News from the 1-16-1919 Freeborn County Standard. That's about $4,456.20 in modern dollars. Click on photo for full article.

We apologize, however we have had some delays in our floor stripping/waxing and the Museum exhibits will be closed for t...
01/15/2020

We apologize, however we have had some delays in our floor stripping/waxing and the Museum exhibits will be closed for this week. The Library will remain open. We thank you for your patience.

The Great Jell-o Cook Off was a great way to spend a cold Saturday afternoon.  A little bit of everything, including an ...
01/11/2020

The Great Jell-o Cook Off was a great way to spend a cold Saturday afternoon. A little bit of everything, including an adult only version!

Watch next year as we add a kids competition and an adults only competition.

Thank you to everyone who participated, and to those that drove from Shakopee.

Don't miss the Great Jell-o Cook Off tomorrow, noon to 3PM at the Museum.
01/10/2020

Don't miss the Great Jell-o Cook Off tomorrow, noon to 3PM at the Museum.

01/08/2020

The Museum floors are being stripped and waxed. As a result some exhibit areas are not open. The Library is open. Floors should be completed next week. We apologize for any inconvenience.

01/08/2020

We have the best volunteers! Since January 3rd they have been washing walls, touching up paint, cleaning out storage areas, washing exhibit cases, changing light bulbs and more. The Museum is shining. Thank you all for the 200+ hours you have out in since the 3rd.

We are working hard to get the Quilts of Freeborn County ready.  Here is just one of the quilts that will be on display....
01/06/2020

We are working hard to get the Quilts of Freeborn County ready. Here is just one of the quilts that will be on display. Sorenson's Appliance & TV and Community Lutheran Church a little piece of Geneva history will be displayed.

From 1876 asking if Colonel Albert Lea is alive. Click on it to read the entire piece.
01/06/2020

From 1876 asking if Colonel Albert Lea is alive. Click on it to read the entire piece.

We are looking forward to 2020. Happy New Year.
01/01/2020

We are looking forward to 2020. Happy New Year.

Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library & Village's cover photo
12/27/2019

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

While the Museum is closed for the next one and a half weeks we are not only cleaning and organizing. Coming soon.
12/27/2019

While the Museum is closed for the next one and a half weeks we are not only cleaning and organizing. Coming soon.

Happy Holidays and thank you for sharing your time with us and supporting the FCHM. We'll see you in the new year.
12/25/2019
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Happy Holidays and thank you for sharing your time with us and supporting the FCHM. We'll see you in the new year.

We are so grateful for all that you do for the Museum, Library and Village and hope your holiday season is filled with b...
12/20/2019

We are so grateful for all that you do for the Museum, Library and Village and hope your holiday season is filled with blessings.

FCHM will be closed December 21 through January 7. We look forward to seeing you in the new year with our new exhibits, events and programming.

Just in time for Christmas? Russell's Toyland 1965.
12/17/2019

Just in time for Christmas? Russell's Toyland 1965.

12/16/2019
Ice boating in 1954.
12/14/2019

Ice boating in 1954.

Christmas tree at very north end of Broadway 1951.   For newcomers to AL or those too young, this tree would have been w...
12/12/2019

Christmas tree at very north end of Broadway 1951. For newcomers to AL or those too young, this tree would have been where you now walk down to Fountain Lake Park.

Christmas tree on Broadway & William 1913. 5000 attend the event.
12/12/2019

Christmas tree on Broadway & William 1913. 5000 attend the event.

Some weather 'blasts' from the past.
12/11/2019

Some weather 'blasts' from the past.

The Thankful Tree was a fun addition to our holiday event Friday evening.
12/09/2019

The Thankful Tree was a fun addition to our holiday event Friday evening.

Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library & Village's cover photo
12/09/2019

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

Wonderful night at the Museum. Thanks to all who helped make it possible and to all who attended. Happy holidays.
12/07/2019

Wonderful night at the Museum. Thanks to all who helped make it possible and to all who attended. Happy holidays.

12/06/2019
Santa is in the house.
12/06/2019

Santa is in the house.

Holiday cookies have arrived.  Don't miss our cookie sale tonight starting at 4:30.  Join us for homemade chicken noodle...
12/06/2019

Holiday cookies have arrived. Don't miss our cookie sale tonight starting at 4:30. Join us for homemade chicken noodle soup and chili also.

Speltz grain and coal ad 1939
12/06/2019

Speltz grain and coal ad 1939

The Village is ready for our holiday event tomorrow evening.
12/05/2019

The Village is ready for our holiday event tomorrow evening.

We have a wonderful photo op setup for our Holiday Lights in the Village this Friday evening.  The Winegar sleigh will b...
12/03/2019

We have a wonderful photo op setup for our Holiday Lights in the Village this Friday evening. The Winegar sleigh will be on display through the holiday season.

1922 Christmas suggestions from Skaug-Brundin
12/03/2019

1922 Christmas suggestions from Skaug-Brundin

We are so thankful for our members, our donors, our volunteers and our community. Without your giving spirit we would be...
11/28/2019

We are so thankful for our members, our donors, our volunteers and our community. Without your giving spirit we would be unable to fulfill our mission, building the future by preserving the past. Happy Thanksgiving.

1948
11/27/2019

1948

11/27/2019

Due to the storm soon to arrive and the closing of AL schools, the Museum will be closed tomorrow. We are also closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday.

Please note the revised dates of the Eddie Cochran Car Show and Music Festival.
11/25/2019

Please note the revised dates of the Eddie Cochran Car Show and Music Festival.

Please note the revised dates of the Eddie Cochran Car Show and Music Festival.

Bill Lloyd standard service ad 1949. The station was located on Broadway and Main.
11/20/2019

Bill Lloyd standard service ad 1949. The station was located on Broadway and Main.

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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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(507) 373-8003

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Building the Future by Preserving the Past

Established in 1948, the Freeborn County Historical Society consists of a museum, research library & village.

The Museum showcases over 40 exhibits featuring businesses, destinations and artifacts. The Museum features a turquoise truck owned by actress Marion Ross (Happy Days, That 70′s Show, Spongebob Squarepants), who lived in Albert Lea for much of her youth as well as a large collection of artifacts and memorabilia from rockabilly guitarist and accomplished singer/songwriter Eddie Cochran (’Summertime Blues, ‘C’mon Everybody’).

The Village, with 18 buildings dating from the 1850s to the early 1900s takes you back to a time when eight grades were educated in one room, the general store covered needs not found in the vegetable garden, and one horse-power was a luxury. In addition to the historic buildings, the Village features a large collection of antique farming equipment.

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