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Freeborn County Historical Museum
Former History and Stories of Freeborn County
Listed below are many stories and facts surrounding the history of Freeborn County and the United States of America.  
FCHM members provide a major part of  our annual operating income. Please join or consider inviting a friend to
join.  Each membership contributes to the ongoing programming of the museum and helps to maintain the library
and archives. Membership allows you free admission to the historical museum, library, and village, reduced rates for
museum-sponsored events, a quarterly newsletter, and because of your support, the museum, and library remain
open and available to the public.
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Legend Archives

1.   Colonel Albert Miller Lea                                      
Freeborn County's First Settler
3.   Old Handcuffs                                                           
Seniors - The Best Source of Historical Happenings  
Could Fair Pioneers be Watching?                            
FCHM Library Offers "Real" History
7.   Who's There?                                                           
Who Was This Man?
9.   Christmas Memories 1877
Reminiscences of Minnesota Winters
11. Memories of Visits from School Children Still Linger at Museum
12. Feed Sack Clothing, 1930's                                    
Life Without Pizza Could be Tough
14. Sears Roebuck Display a Good Nostalgia Nudge
15. Musicians Career All Started With His Brother's Guitar
16. Take a Trip Down Memory Lane at the Freeborn County Museum
17. Meatpacking Industry Meant Stable, Well-paying Jobs
18. What Would the Community do if FCHM Ceased to Exist?
19. Is Our Examination of Burial Remains a Disrespectful Act?
20. Students Provide Insights into History of Ancestors
21. Create new memories, take time to renew the best old memories
22. Take this quiz to help determine support for Your Museum
23. We can still learn from George Ruble's determination in 1855
24. Museum tours leave impression on kids                   
Do you remember the good old yesterdays?
26. Take time to share lives of people whose survival depended on hard work, dedication
27. Eddie Cochran's life was in the hands of fate
28. What the (1925) county fair superintendents have to say
29. Can you name this famous Minnesota pioneer?       
Can you recycle a buffalo?
31. Old barns serve as monuments to traditional farm life
32. A childhood filled with fond memories
33. Celebration introduces other Christmas traditions
34. Reading old newspaper gives glimpse of bygone era
35. Unearthing stories of settlers fascinating
36. Can we learn the 'real' history?
37. School tours - Our heritage
38. Government programs after Depression directly affected lives of area citizens
39. Bridge's rebuilding leads search for answers
40. Lodge members keep enthusiasm, determination alive
41. Did horse race decide county seat?
42. One visit to museum brings back memories of yesterday
43. Memories of corn husking take farmer back in time
44. Home once held dreams of German immigrant family
45. Holiday season, with all its smells, brings good memories
46. Ask an 'old man' to tell of bygone days
47. Trip to museum gives students surprise look at years gone by
48. History Is...  
What is your heritage?
50. Letters a reminder of sadness of war
51. My, how wedding announcements have changed!
52. Museum's library supplies answers
53. Yes, we should all speak English - but it takes time
54. Museum, village seen through young eyes
55. Touching history closer to home
56. Look at the wide world of bells
57. What's your favorite Christmas Story?
58. Water threatens museum, artifacts  
How could you best describe a farmer?
60. Believe it, write it, record it
61. Visitors' comments tell museum story
62. Yes the museum is open
63. Immigrant's story an inspiration to us all
64. History book makes great reading
65. Your donations are our history
66. Remembering the way it was in the 1950s
67. Meat Packing History
68. Casino Dance Pavilion and Boat Livery
69. Hotel Albert
70. Dr. Gustavus W. Barck
71. Railroads - Small and Large Stations
72. The Lembke Dry Goods Company
73. History of First Pure Bred Cattle in Freeborn County
74. With Your Children in the FREEBORN COUNTY SCHOOLS
77. First Lutheran Church
78. The City Hall
79. An Immigrants Story
80. Naeve Hospital
81. Five Senses of Christmas
82. Some Early Day Facts
83. The Lakeshore Greenhouses of P. Clausen & Sons
84. Suggestions and Items to Consider in Writing your Personal History
85. Marion Ross
86. American Gas Machine Company
87. Bank Building Formal Opening
88. Festivities of the Fourth, 1887
89. KATE Radio Celebrates its 70th Birthday in 2007 August 2007
90. Threshing Scene Mural at the FCHM Sepember, 2007
91. Albert Lea, Out and About October 2007
92. Registration Day 1917 November 2007
93. Origins of Christmas Trees, Christmas Cards, and Poinsettias December, 2007
94. American Gas Machine Company, Albert Lea, MN January, 2008
95. How we came to be what we are today...February 2008
96. Museum Building Expansion March 2008
97. 100 Years of Serving Our Community - Motor Inn Co. April 2008
98. The Origin of the Albert Lea Community Theatre (ACT) May, 2008
99. Grandma's Apron June, 2008
100. Northpark - A Business From the Past July, 2008
101. The Language of Fans August, 2008
102. Luther Academy 1888 - 1928 September, 2008
103. Albert Lea Milk Co. (Morlea Dairy) October, 2008
104. Freeborn County Firsts November, 2008
105. The Clothesline Said So Much December, 2008
106. Historical Museum Expansion Helps Enjoyment of History January, 2009
107. Minnesota State Facts February, 2009
108. Highlights of 1908 - An Unbelievably Busy Year March 2009
109. The Village, Hartland  April, 2009
110. 50 Fascinating Facts About our Presidents May 2009
111. The Basic Rules for Clotheslines  June 2009
112. Special Poem for Older Folks  August, 2009
113. Village of Gordonsville  September, 2009
114. Village of Hayward October, 2009
115. Village of Oakland November, 2009
116. Grandma's Hand  December, 2009
117. Village of Geneva January 2010
118. Village of Emmons February 2010
119. Village of Twin Lakes March 2010
120. Village of Glenville April 2010
121. Village of Freeborn May 2010
122. Village of Manchester June, 2010
123. Village of Hartland  July, 2010
124. Village of Alden August, 2010
125. City of Albert Lea September 2010
126. Village of Armstrong October 2010
127. Village of Clover November 2010
128. Village of Moscow December 2010
129. Village of Myrtle January 2011
130. Village of Bancroft February 2011
131. Village of Bath March 2011
132. Village of Mansfield April 2011
133. Village of Newry May 2011
134. Village of Knatvold June 2011
135. Village of Conger July 2011
136. Village of Clarks Grove August 2011
137. Village of Lerdal September 2011
138. Village of London October 2011
139. Village of Sigsbee November 2011
140. Village of Itasca December, 2011
141. Village of St. Nicholas January, 2012
142. Village of Trenton February, 2012
143. Villages of Fairfield and Sumner March 2012
144. Village of Hollandale April 2012
145. William Sherman Freeborn May 2012
146. Your New Phone Number 1958 June 2012
147. July 4th Celebrations - 1892 July 2012
148. Fountain Lake Park Bandshell Dedication August 2012
149. Origin of Names of Lakes September 2012
150. The Old Main Street Viaduct October 2012
151. Rink and Bowling Alley/Census Report 1905 November 2012
152. First Outdoor Community Christmas Tree in the United States December 2012
2013 Legends

The Ice Harvest Begins January 2013
The Ruble/Hall Mill and Dam February 2013
The Spelling Bee (1913) March 2013
Albert Lea College April 2013
Abbott Elementary School May 2013
Albert Lea Junior College June 2013
Ramsey Elementary School July, 2013
Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library & Village
1031 Bridge Avenue
Albert Lea, MN 56007
Phone 507-373-8003
Museum & Library Open Year Round   
Wednesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm
Village Open May - September

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