Cyclone Centennial DaysName: Cyclone Centennial DaysDate: June 17, 2019 - June 22, 2019Event Description:
100 years ago, a cyclone/tornado devasted Fergus Falls. Visit the special exhibit at the Otter Tail County Historical Society Museum now through December.
We have turned back the clock one hundred years to commemorate the great Cyclone (tornado) that destroyed two-thirds of Fergus Falls on June 22, 1919. In this exhibit, visitors will:
- Find out more about what was happening in Fergus Falls and the world in 1919.
- View photographs that were taken immediately following the storm.
- View a map of the business and residential areas that were affected by the storm.
- Hear the voices of individuals who were interviewed about the storm 60 years after the event.
- See what was built after the storm to create a "Bigger and Better Fergus Falls".
Special Events happening during the week commemorating the great cyclone include:
Monday, June 17, 2019
Storm Spotter Training with SkyWarn Storm Team and Otter Tail County Emergency Management. Fergus Falls Public Library. Admission is FREE.
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
The Great Fergus Falls Cyclone Slide Show Presentation 7 pm, Lance Johnson @ OTCHS: The author of the 1982 book The Great Fergus Falls Cyclone of June 22, 1919, Lance Johnson will present his well-known, vintage slike presentation on the history of the tornado. There is no greater authority on the storm than Lance Johnson. Admission is free.
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Tour of Oak Grove Cemetery, 7pm Get to know the people who experienced the storm - the survivors, victims and those who rebuilt the community. This tour explores the lives of people directly affected by the tornado. Admission $6.
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Business Emergency Preparedness, presented by Patrick Waletzko, Otter Tail County Emergency Management, location & time TBD
Artist Reception for Jenny Field Opheim, 5-6pm with a discussion of a special piece created to commemorate the tornado. Otter Tail County Historical Society Museum.
Concert in the Park, 6:30pm, Roosevelt Park
Movie in the Park, 9pm, Roosevelt Park
Friday, June 21, 2019
Downtown Fergus Falls Mystery Tour, 8pm This tour will highlight some of the enduring legends of the 1919 tornado. Due to the content of the material, the Downtown Mystery Tour may not be suitable for young children. Meet at River Inn. Admission is $6 for Museum members, $10 general public. Includes FREE Dairyland Cyclones.
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Cyclone Bicycle Ride, 9am hosted by Pedal Fergus Falls. Make stops at several cyclone significant locations, meet at City Hall. FREE
Kids Crafts - Make & Takes 10am-2pm OTCHS
Cyclone Radio Program 10:30am-2pm, OTCHS shown every half hour
Lake Alice Cyclone Tour & Beer Tasting, 11am The Lake Alice area was one of the hardest hit areas. Dozens of homes were flattened, leaving the lake filled with debris. In addition to property loss, this tour will explore harrowing stories of heroism, tragedy and narrow escapes. Meet at St. Episcopal Church. Admission $6 Museum members, $10 general public. Beer tasting provided by Fergus Brewing Company for those 21+, after the tour
Names Reading Ceremony, 4:30pm Reading of 58 names of those who perished during the cyclone, moment of silence and brief ceremony. Lake Alice Cyclone monument
Cyclone-Themed Community Band Concert 7pm Scott Kummorow has commissioned a cyclone-themed piece which will be performed by musicians from throughout the community. Kennedy Secondary School Auditorium. FREE