• Otter Tail County Historical Society

    Otter Tail County Historical Society


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    About Us

    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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