Building the Future by Preserving the Past
Welcome 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.
Our historical museum, library and village is proud to house unique, professional designed exhibits that define the history of Freeborn County, including room settings, display cases, open exhibits, and miniature business settings to create learning and fun experiences for the viewer.
Eddie Cochran Car Show & Music Festival
Join us as we celebrate one of Albert Lea’s most famous residents, Eddie Cochran! The annual celebration includes a cruise-in social, concerts, a car show with over 70 awards given, and a car cruise through our beautiful community. The museum is open during the celebration showcasing it’s exhibit on Eddie, featuring a collection of his possessions from a young age until his death in 1960.
Eddie was born on Oct. 3, 1938, in Albert Lea and lived in the community until his family moved to California in 1952. He toured the United States as a country music performer in the 1950s. He made the move to rock ’n’ roll with his “Sitting on the Balcony” hit in 1957, which sold more than 1 million copies. Other Cochran hits include “Summertime Blues,” “C’mon Everybody,” “Something Else” and “Jeannie, Jeannie, Jeannie.” He died on Easter Sunday in 1960 when the cab taking him to Heathrow Airport crashed.
museum and village
Way Back When
Our historical village features 18 buildings, including a county school, church, general store, log cabins, blacksmith shop, barbershop, bank, shoe shop, mill house, train depot and more.
THe Museum has more than 30 exhibits ranging from the Hotels of Freeborn County to Settling in Freeborn County.
Your History at Your Fingertips
While our collection’s main emphasis is Freeborn County history, any historical and genealogical research can be conducted in our library. The Freeborn County Genealogical Society’s library collection is also housed in the museum library. Admission to the library is free for museum and society members, and $7.50 for non-members. Photocopies are $0.25 per copy and research services are available for $15 per hour.
Researchers and history enthusiasts spend hours, sometimes days, looking through microfilm and other resources tracing family history or other historical subjects in our extensive research library. While our collection’s main emphasis is Freeborn County history, any historical and genealogical research can be conducted in our library. The Freeborn County Genealogical Society’s library collection is also housed in the museum library.
The museum's meeting room space and kitchen is the perfect location for your next off-site meeting or family reunion. With space for 100 people, our room dividers provide the ultimate event flexibility. A projector and screen, wifi, microphone and speaker system ensure you have access to all you need. Contact us for rental rates and availability.