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Otter Tail County Historical Society

Otter Tail County Historical Society

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Museum, Research Library and Educational Resource

The Otter Tail County Historical Society is located Fergus Falls, Minnesota in the heart of west central Minnesota. We are the official county historical society and collect the history of the entire county.

Who We Are: The Otter Tail County Historical Society is a private, nonprofit organization whose purpose is the collection, preservation and interpretation of Otter Tail County's history and heritage. This is achieved through a variety of services including the Society's exhibit gallery, educational outreach programs, special public programs, archival and object collections, and a genealogical and local history research library. The development of these services has made the Society an active partner in the educational and cultural life of Otter Tail County.

Our History: Otter Tail County Historical Society was organized on July 31, 1927, at a gathering at Amor Park. For decades the Society was headquartered in the basement of the county courthouse. In 1972, Underwood native, John Gronner, lead a county-wide capital fund drive which resulted in a new museum. Ten years later another drive provided funds to add an agriculture wing.

Many volunteer hours have gone into making the Society what it is today. Local artist, Charles Beck, designed and implemented the installation of many exhibits that continue to tell the history of Otter Tail County. We are are a non-profit 501c3 and member supported organization. We offer individual and business membership at a variety of levels. We look forward to your next visit!


Welcome to the Otter Tail County Historical Society!
Active Research Library
Visit us on Facebook
Great Exhibits
Activities for Kids
Board Members and Staff
Walking Tours
Gift Shop - Great Selection of Books and Cards
Gift Shop - Great Selection of Books
Member and Volunteer Appreciation Picnic
Temporary and Rotating Exhibits
Become a Virtual Volunteer
Fundraising Events
Public Programs Like Our Annual Coffee Klatch History Series
Front Desk
Gift Shop
History By The Highway Facebook Live
Program Space & Public Programs
Kitchen & Small Meeting Space
Temporary Exhibit Space
Events & Programs
Annual Temporary Exhibits
Staff and Board Members
Staff, Volunteers and Board Members
Engaging Programs and Rotating Exhibits
Historical Society and Museum Building
Exhibits and Collections
Fun Programs For All Ages
Engaging Exhibits
Collections Storage
Research Library
Fort Juelson/Historic Sites
State Hospital Tours
State Hospital Tours
Annual Meetings
Museum Days for Grades 3-6
Community Events and Programs
Member Supported - Join Us!
Downtown Walking Tours
Permanent Exhibits
Permanent Exhibits
Haunted Museum Program
Walking Tours

Rep/Contact Info

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Kathy M.L. Evavold
Curator of Collections
  • Phone: (218) 736-6038
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Chris Schuelke
Executive Director
  • Phone: (218) 736-6038

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