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The Freeborn County Historical Society (FCHS) is committed to building the future by preserving the past history of our county. From our staff and board of directors to our volunteers and members, we are eager to create long-lasting connections for everyone who interacts with our organization.

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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.