Archive for the ‘Minnesota Otter Tail County’ 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


Between Fences Coffee Klatch Series at Museum

February 9, 2010

The Otter Tail County Historical Society’s popular Coffee Klatch series begins on Friday, February 12, at 10:00 a.m. In conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibition Between Fences, the society is offering a series of Friday morning discussions related to the topics of borders, divisions and fences. The February 12 program features Gordon Cline, Otter Tail County Engineering Technologist, who will speak on Fences, Surveying and Easements. There will be ample time for questions and discussion following the presentation.
The Coffee Klatch series is free and open to the public. Come enjoy a cup of coffee and interesting conversation. For more information call the historical society at 736-6038.

Busy Preparing for VIP Opening of Between Fences

February 5, 2010

Tonight’s the night and we are busy making room for our VIPs so we have cleared out most of the gift shop and library for our reception.

Do to the weather (we are under a winter storm advisory) we have receive a few regrets from those that won’t be able to come, but we are still expecting over 90 guests here tonight.

This event is sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Center.

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.

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!

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.

Final Stories from the State Hospital Tour

September 29, 2009

If you missed the first two tours there is one final chance to catch “Myths & Legends: Stories from the Fergus Falls State Hospital” on Friday, October 16, 5:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Otter Tail County Historical Society, the program guides you through a history of the State Hospital with stories and accounts that have never been told before. “Myths & Legends” delves into the murkier side of history that is often ignored. Tales include an area newspaper editor who paid the price for taking on powerful financial interests. The deadly case of mistaken identity involving an escaped state hospital patient and a threshing crew. Or the unfortunate incident involving an escaped patient, a chicken coop and dynamite. These are just a few of the stories that have become the stuff of local legend and mystery.
Please park in the Government Services Center parking lot and proceed to the West Detached section of the state hospital complex where the tour begins. Most of the tour is held outside so please dress appropriately. The cost is $5, call 218-736-6038 for more information.