Archive for the ‘Historical Society’ category

Coffee Klatch – “Growth Control and Its Ramifications

March 10, 2010

Part of our series on Fences in conjunction with the Smithsonian traveling exhibit: Between Fences. At the Historical Society through March 20, 2010.

The Otter Tail County Historical Society’s Coffee Klatch series continues on Friday, March 12, 10:00 a.m. at the Museum. Fergus Falls Community Development Director, Gordon Hydukovich, will speak on Growth Control and Its Ramifications.

While all communities seek to expand their business and population base, there are instances when growth can have a negative impact. How do cities determine when growth becomes a hindrance? That is the job that Hydukovich deals with in Fergus Falls.

Please join this fascinating discussion at the Otter Tail County Historical Museum. Admission to the Coffee Klatch is free. For more information call 218-736-6038.


Otter Tail County Historical Society Awarded Legacy Grant

January 5, 2010

Without a concerted effort, our state’s historic and cultural treasures are in danger of being lost to time. The Minnesota Historical Society recently awarded a Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant to the Otter Tail County Historical Society. The grant was approved by MHS’s awards committee to support a Water Abatement Project.
Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants are made possible by the Minnesota Legislature from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund created with passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment to the state constitution in November 2008. The grants are awarded to support projects of enduring value for the cause of history and historic preservation.
The Otter Tail County Historical Society’s Water Abatement Project will alleviate water issues on the museum’s north side through landscaping and the installation of ground drains. Work will commence and be completed in the spring of 2010.
“It is wonderful to see so many communities and local organizations benefitting from the Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants,” said Britta Bloomberg, deputy state historic preservation officer. “Minnesota should be proud of the unprecedented opportunities these grants provide for organizations to preserve and share our history and cultural heritage. The impact of projects supported by the grants will be felt throughout the state for many years to come.”
For more information call the Otter Tail County Historical Society at 218-736-6038.

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.

Annual Meeting at Mulligan’s Pub & Eatery, Perham, MN

October 15, 2009

We are a couple of hours away from the 82nd Annual Meeting of the Otter Tail County Historical Society. Because the county seat of Otter Tail is Fergus Falls and our historical society is located in Fergus Falls we host our annual meeting every other year in Fergus Falls. However… every other year we find a location outside of Fergus Falls to host the annual meeting. This year we are heading to Perham! We are excited to be going to what some may describe at the heart of East Otter Tail County. Yippee!


October 7, 2009

Celebrate the Otter Tail County Historical Society’s 82nd birthday with a dinner, program and silent auction on Thursday, October 15 at Mulligan’s Pub & Eatery in Perham.

Under the theme Remembering the 50s, the evening features a homestyle pot roast dinner, silent auction and a nostalgia filled program with master storyteller Bob Gasch. Gasch will elicit memories from the audience while weaving together local and national events, places and people from the 1950s.

Social hour begins at 5:30 with dinner at 6:30. People are encouraged to slick back their hair and wear their favorite poodle skirts, saddle shoes and jeans. Elvis impersonators are also welcome.

Tickets are $25. For an additional $15, a coach bus will be taken from the historical museum in Fergus Falls with stops at the BP stations in Battle Lake and Ottertail. Enjoy snacks and a beverage on the bus and leave the driving to us. The bus loads at 4:15 and leaves the museum parking lot at 4:30, Battle Lake at 5:00 and Ottertail at 5:30.

Please call the museum at 218-736-6038 to reserve a seat for dinner and the bus.