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Snapshots of the Sixties

August 3, 2012

Share your stories about growing up in Otter Tail County in the 1960s.


Odd Lovoll to speak at historical society – new book on Norwegian newspapers

May 10, 2010

Norwegian Newspapers Program at Museum

St. Olaf College professor emeritus of history, Odd Lovoll will present a program and book signing at the Otter Tail County Historical Society on Thursday, May 20, 2:00 p.m. at the Museum in Fergus Falls.
Professor Lovoll new book Norwegian Newspapers in America: Connecting Norway and the New Land, is a comprehensive look at the Norwegian-language press in the United States. From 1847 to the present, more than 280 Norwegian-language papers were launched in cities ranging from MInneapolis to Fargo and Boston to Seattle. Lovoll’s bookt celebrates the tireless writers, editors and publishers whose efforts helped guide Norwegian immigrants on their path to becoming Norwegian Americans including the Fergus Falls newspaper the Ugeblad.
Professor Lovoll will be signing copies of the book before and after the program. Admission is free.
For more information call the Otter Tail County Historical Society at 218-736-6038.

Installation of Between Fences Complete

February 4, 2010

Thanks to the assistance of David Thronsedt (Left), Krista Schmidt (Middle) and Chuck Brunko (Right) the install took us about 4 hours. We made quite a team!

Installation of Between Fences today!

February 3, 2010

Kathy, Chris and some wonderful volunteers will be installing the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Between Fences today! A teachers only preview will be held Thursday evening, an invitation only viewing will be on Friday evening and we invite the public to come and see it on Saturday, Feb. 6 through March 20. Weekdays 9-5 and weekends 1-4. We have extended our hours through the run of the exhibit.


October 16, 2009

HauntedMuseumLogoFBIn 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.


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.

Encounters of the 3rd Kind: Convergence of SCI FI Enthusiasts

October 2, 2009

Meet at 4:51 p.m at the NEW Kiosk at the “Great Continental Divide” (located by the Big Chief restaurant) Come as you are or as your favorite Alien. Later you will head over to Latitude: 46.28 Longitude 96.09 (Otter Tail County Museum) to view the opening of the Science Fiction exhibit and meet with others that are OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! All ages are welcome.


This exhibit opens Friday, October 9, 2009, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Admission for non-members on opening night is $3.00 for adults (ages 12 to adult), $1.00 per child (ages 5 to 11), children under 5 years old and members are FREE. Refreshments will be served. The entire gallery is open for reviewal.

“Encounters of the 3rd Kind” brings together the personal treasures of Science Fiction lovers of our community and beyond.

The exhibit runs from October 9, 2009 to December 18, 2009 to coincide with the BIG READ and FERGUS FALLS READS.

General admission rates will be charged after October 9, 2009.