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Minnesota was organized as a territory in 1849. Fillmore County, named for the 13th president of the United States, Millard Fillmore, was created by an act of the Territorial Legislature on March 5, 1853 when it was subdivided off Wabasha County. At that date, Fillmore County included all of present-day Fillmore and Houston counties, most of Winona and a portion of Olmsted County. We were where the action was on the western frontier. The county seat, originally located at Chatfield, was later moved to Carimona. The seat was moved permanently to Preston in 1856. The twenty-four townships were organized in 1858 when Minnesota became a state.
The Fillmore County Historical Society was formed in 1934 as an independent non-profit organization. In the late 1940s our original museum was located in a family home in Preston. As our collection grew, we transferred location several times until coming to roost in the basement of the courthouse for many years.
Twenty-five years ago we were offered larger quarters in the old elementary school in Fountain. Please stop in to visit us at our museum complex which has grown to consist of a main exhibit arena with two connected pole buildings, a country school house, airplane hangar, and 1860s log cabin. Our genealogy and research center is one of the best organized and extensive local history libraries in the State of Minnesota. We invite you to get to know us better and we do hope you’ll come to love the area we call home sweet Fillmore County.
Fillmore County Historical Society Mission Statement:
The mission of the Fillmore County Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and interpret Fillmore County artifacts, documents, literature, and photographs. Through displays and exhibits, the Fillmore County Historical Society preserves and interprets the heritage of our area. Our goal is to enrich both present and future generations through the preservation of our historical past.
Fillmore County Historical Society Membership Information:
Any person, business, or organization may become a member of the society by payment of annual dues. Levels of memberships are as follows:
- STUDENT LEVEL (14-21 yrs of age):
- INDIVIDUAL LEVEL:
- FAMILY LEVEL:
- PATRON LEVEL (business or organization):
- LIFE LEVEL (includes spouse):