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 70â€²s 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 (â€™Summertime Blues, â€˜Câ€™mon Everybodyâ€™).
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.