Archive for the ‘Fergus Falls’ category

Business After Hours Tonight

February 11, 2010

Please join us for Business After Hours tonight February 11th from 5-7 at the OTC Historical Museum. This is a great opportunity to network and check out the new exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute called “Between Fences”. This exhibit will only appear in five cities in Minnesota, ours being one of them! The catering will be by the The Spot Panini & Wine. There is not a charge for this event. See you there and bring a friend!

Terree Hoffman
Chamber of Commerce


Usborne Bookfair to Benefit Historical Society

November 25, 2009

We are partnering again this year with Jennifer Philaya and Usborne books to provide you with a great source for online holiday shopping and a benefit to the historical society. Visit and shop at Usborne Books.

Jennifer will also be at the Historical Society to take your order on Sunday, December 6, 2009 from Noon to 4:30 p.m.

Pearl Harbor Program at Museum

November 19, 2009

Join us for an anniversary celebration with a military background. The Otter Tail County Historical Society Military Roundtable, now called Otter Tail County MP (for Military Past) is one year old. In December, the forum will take place on the 68th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day, Monday, Dec. 7, at noon. As a special way to commemorate the anniversary of this historic day and our OTC MP, the Historical Society will present local historian Myron Broschat. Broschat is a retired employee of Otter Tail Power Corp. and himself a veteran of WWII, has published booklets on the military history of Otter Tail County and on the histories of Otter Tail Power employees. He will give a stirring presentation on the sequence of events that happened on the fateful day in 1941.

Bring your sack lunch or just come and enjoy the coffee, cider and holiday treats from the Historical Society. This program is given free of charge. Call 218-736-6038 for more information.

Rural School Christmas Program at Museum

November 19, 2009

The public is invited to travel back in time before 1971 and the consolidation of Minnesota’s rural schools, and experience a country school Christmas. Students from the Fergus Falls schools will help us relive this beloved tradition, the Christmas program performed in our one room school houses. With two performances at the Otter Tail County Historical Museum on Sunday, December 6, at 1:30 and 3:00 p.m., the museum can seat the many visitors that want to look back to a simpler celebration of Christmas.
The program’s guest director this year is Pam Torkelson, a teacher at Adams Elementary School. The students will deliver a touching Nativity play followed by recitations and holiday songs. Coffee, cider and cookies will be served.
Historical Society volunteers will also have a heritage bake sale set up with a tasty variety of holiday goodies.
Whether you attended country school or just wish you or your children had, please join us for a festive kick off to the holiday season. For more information call the museum at 736-3038.

Haunted Museum October 30, 2009

October 15, 2009

In its May 28th, 1887 issue, the Fergus Falls Daily Journal reported that “news reached Fergus Falls that a bloody and inhuman murder had been committed in St. Olaf Township that was so horrific it made the blood run cold and caused one to wonder whether such a thing could be done by a human being.” While the reporter knew a terrible crime had been perpetrated, did he realize it would still be talked about today as one of the county’s most legendary acts?
This and other haunting stories will be told during the Otter Tail County Historical Society’s Haunted Museum on Friday, October 30, with programs at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. As the museum takes on an eerie aura with darkened corridors, story tellers take to the stage to recount brutally realistic accounts of gruesome crimes and strange events from Otter Tail County’s past. As if the infamous Pig Farm Murder is not enough, there will be “new” stories this year including the ghastly acts of Carl Reher, the mysterious, unsolved murder of Mons Jacobson and the infamous house of ill repute on the Elizabeth road.
The Haunted Museum is not for the very young as there are vivid descriptions of violent events. So that parents can enjoy the stories and bring the kids, an age appropriate movie will be shown for $3 per child. Admission to the Haunted Museum is $5. For more information call the museum at 218-736-6038.

Myths & Legends: Stories from the State Hospital

August 24, 2009

“Wednesday afternoon’s train on the Great Northern road had attached a special car from the St. Peter asylum, and in the car were 80 lunatics, the first detachment that has arrived from the other asylums.” With this announcement in the July 31, 1890 Fergus Falls Weekly Journal, the Fergus Falls State Hospital received its first patients. For over 100 years thousands of people entered the State Hospital generating myths and legends that will remain for generations.
The Otter Tail County Historical Society examines this lore with “Myths & Legends: Stories from the Fergus Falls State Hospital” on Friday, September 4, 5:30 p.m. People should park in the Government Services parking lot and proceed to the front of the West Detached section of the state hospital complex. From this location the tour will proceed around the building where stories will be told of happenings behind the brick and mortar. Stories that are shrouded in mystery and legend. Stories told in muffled whispers that are part of our lore.
This is not an architectural or facilities tour. It is a storytelling tour meant to bring the history of the Fergus Falls State Hospital to life. The cost is $5 and will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. For more information contact the Otter Tail County Historical Society at 218-736-6038.

Sci Fi Exhibit at Museum

August 24, 2009

The Otter Tail County Historical Society is calling all Science Fiction collectors to be part of a temporary community exhibition entitled Encounters of the 3rd Kind: A Convergence of Sci Fi Enthusiasts.
In celebration of The Big Read our community will be reading Ray Bradbury’s futuristic classic Fahrenheit 451. This sobering look at the near future is about ‘firemen’ who are charged with the responsibility of burning all books in order to wipe out dangerous and subversive ideas.
To honor the science fiction genre, the historical society will be accepting loans of sci fi collectibles for the new exhibit. Bring your toys, books, memorabilia and other sci fi “stuff” to the Otter Tail County Historical Museum between Monday, September 28 – Friday, October 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and until 9:00 p.m. Thursday, October 1.
A description of each item should be provided. All loans will be exhibited in a secure environment.
For more information contact the Museum at 218-736-6038. Live long and prosper!