Lessons & Kits
The museum offers a wide variety of edcational outreach activities including museum lessons kits and resource materials.
Our programs use photographs, artifacts, historical documents and live demonstrations to bring hands-on learning to people of all ages and abilities.
Our kits can also be checked out. Contact us for more information.
|Name of Kit/Lesson||Descripton||Items Included|
|African Americans in Otter Tail County||There were many African Americans who played a vital role in Otter Tail County. Find out who they were and hear their stories.||Slide show/Power Point|
|Be Mine||A lighthearted history of St. Valentine's day and valentine greeting cards.||Artifacts|
|Dirt and Diligence||Keeping yourself and your house clean is a never-ending job. See how Otter Tail County residents in the early 1900s managed to keep clean during a dusty, dirty time.||Slide show/Power Point|
|Fur Trading in Otter Tail County||The fur trade played an important part in the development of Otter Tail County. Find out what it was like to be a voyager. An audio tape of authentic voyager songs and a slide show is included.||Slide show/Power Point/audio cassette tapes|
|Good Tidings We Bring||Christmas cards have been a tradition for many years. Discover their origin and look at examples from the past and around the world.||Artifacts|
|Grandpa's Toolbox||Grandpa always said: "To fix something, you need the right tool." Find out what kind of tools grandpa used.||Artifacts, matching game|
|Growing up in Otter Tail County||Kits will always be kids. Look at what it was like to go to school in the early 1900s. See and handle some of the toys, clothing and school items that were popular.||Slide show/Power Point, artifacts|
|Hat Show||If you ever wanted to be a model, here is your chance. See many styles of hats from the 1800s through today. Have fun with your hat style show.||Artifacts|
|Homesteading and Family Life in Otter Tail County||The first pioneers in Otter Tail County had a lot of work to do. They had to clear the land for farming, build a home and raise a family. Find out what life was like for those early settlers.||Slide show/Power Point, artifacts|
|In the Eyes of the Beholder: Steroscopes||Take a hands-on look at one of the most popular forms of entertainment in the early 1900s. Many different cards to view are included.||Stereoscope, photographs|
|Networks in the Landscape||What is a network? Find out how waterways, railroad lines, road and telephone networks effected the county's development.|
|Occupational Hats||A fun look at the many jobs people in Otter Tail County have, both today and in the past. You can be a bus driver, nurse or fireman.||Artifacts|
|Stepping Through Time||A look back on changes in shoe styles from the late 1800s through today.||Artifacts|
|The Latest Fashion||Fashion was as important to early county residents as it is today. Learn about some of the fads and styles of yesteryear.||Artifacts|
|The Trunk in Grandsma's Attic||Grandmothers were known for saving things. See what one grandmother saved and why these items were so precious to her. In-house only.||Artifacts|
|Touch the Earth||Native Americans were the first inhabitants of Otter Tail County. Take a look at how they hunted, farmed and developed a rich culture||Artifacts, slides or PowerPoint|
|Town Development in Otter Tail County||Focuses on why towns started, why they succeeded, and how they have changed.||Artifacts, photos and slides|
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