Cataloging memories

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Jeffrey J. Marmorstone, Tribune photojournalist

Although Dolores Kopseng isn’t technically making history while volunteering at the Freeborn County Historical Museum, she definitely is going above and beyond the call of duty to help preserve and organize it.

About a year ago Dolores’ husband passed away but instead of feeling sorry for herself, she started volunteering at the Freeborn County Historical Museum

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She spends two afternoons a week entering information from card catalogs into the museum’s database. The card catalogs contain names of individuals from articles found in different Freeborn County newspapers. In the past year she has entered more than 40 years of information, from the 1920s through the 1960s from the Emmons Leader newspaper.

&uot;You get to visit with people and you feel like you’re doing a service for the community,&uot; Dolores said about the rewards for working at the museum. &uot;I’ve taken care of my family and grandchildren, now I can do things for myself.&uot;

As a former secretary for King Seeley and the Presbyterian Church of Albert Lea, her typing skills come in handy at the museum. The data entered into the computer is put on microfilm, which takes up less space than card catalogs.

(Contact Jeffrey J. Marmorstone at or 379-3438.)