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Faribault County Historical Society shines light on past

By Staff | Feb 11, 2018

A look back in Blue Earth's past.

There happens to be a group of dedicated volunteers who have devoted their time, energy and resources towards preserving the rich tradition and history of the county. They call themselves the Faribault County Historical Society.

From historical building maintenance and repair, to acquiring antiques, to genealogical research, this group leaves no stone unturned in their efforts to ensure future generations can enjoy learning about the county’s past.

The Historical Society has a total of 13 members who meet monthly to discuss restoration projects, maintenance issues, and other related matters.

Nine-year board member Lill Robinson explains why the group is so passionate about this cause.

“I just think it’s important that we preserve all of these wonderful things that we have around town and in the county,” says Robinson. “We own 10 properties in this county that we maintain, and I think that is our biggest accomplishment.”

Look familiar? That is the Etta C. Ross Memorial Library.

The Krosch Log House, located within the friendly confines of the Faribault County Fairgrounds, is one of those properties. Originally built during the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, the log house was constructed by Casper Lampman in 1862, a whopping 156 years ago.

However, the two-story pioneer farmhouse was sorely in need of repair due to its age. With that in mind, the Historical Society sprang into action this past summer.

The group enlisted the help of Edlund Construction, who performed chinking in order to fill in the gaps between each log of the cabin. Coating exterior wood cabin surfaces was also part of the restoration project.

After the completion of the project, Historical Society president Bill Paul was extremely pleased with the cabin’s new look.

“Wasp nests and yellow jacket nests were collecting inside the cabin,” Paul says. “We can’t have that because we want visitors to enjoy the building. Dale (Edlund) did a very thorough job with the coating and chinking and he even chinked the end caps too. He did a phenomenal job.”

The West Delavan Lutheran Church is also among the 10 buildings owned and maintained by the organization. According to Paul, plans to reroof the church are currently being discussed.

“That project is going to cost beaucoup bucks, so we’re looking to raise a bunch of money to get started on that one,” Paul quips.

Fundraising is a key component of the Historical Society’s longevity. Events such as the Pie and Ice Cream Social held at the Veterans Memorial Building each summer allows the organization to overcome financial hurdles while operating strictly as a volunteer group.

This congregation of history enthusiasts take great pride in rolling up their sleeves and utilizing teamwork. Having a fully committed staff of helpers has made the group a rousing success in the community for many years.

“Nothing happens for the Historical Society without the action of this group and all the volunteers that help us,” says Paul. “This is a good group, we get along so well because we all understand what we’re trying to do.”