Physical and Mailing Address:

Otter Tail County Historical Society
1110 Lincoln Ave. W. Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537

Telephone:
218.736.6038

Email: General Information
otchs@prtel.com

Our facility is located in Van Dyk Park.

Van Dyk Park is located on west Lincoln Avenue. With over 2.90 acres, there is a picnic shelter, tables, playground equipment, electrical outlets and beautiful flower beds to enjoy. This park has been adopted by the Pine to Prairie Girl Scout Troop #360.

Vicky with a Reseacher

Staff is available to assist reseachers in the library Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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The image at the top of this page is of Main Street Perham, Minnesota

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Services & Fees:

Admission: $6/day, Members: Free

Photocopies: 25¢/each, Members: 20¢/each

Image Scans: $15/each; prints extra; use fee may apply

Resources:

Ancestry® Library Edition for world wide genealogical information.

Two microfilm readers.

Two microfilm reader/printers.

Over 1,300 rolls of microfilm:

Newspaper: County and Surrounding County

Census Records: County and Surrounding County

Naturalizations

Alien Registrations

ELCA Church Records.

Book Collection: Over 2,500 books covering various topics related to Otter Tail County and Minnesota's history.

Indexes: Birth, Marriage, Death, Cemetery, Obituaries, Naturalization.

Township history boxes containing information on Otter Tail County's 62 townships, past and present villages, our 289 rural schools, churches, etc.

History Files

Biography Files

Photograph Collection: over 45,000 images.

Photography Studio Negative files available for reprinting: Vernon - Flanigan Photography, Fergus Falls, 1970-1998; Farrar Photography, Fergus Falls, 1966-1984; MJP Studio, Battle Lake, 1997-2000.

 

Research Library & Archives

The E. T. Barnard LiE. T. Barnardbrary and the Ann Smalley Jordan Archives.


Our research center is officially known as the "E. T. Barnard Library" in honor of the Historical Society's first secretary. The archives was dedicated in honor of our long time volunteer and friend Ann Smalley Jordan on May 22, 2004.

 

Research Library:

Open daily Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Our Library

Holiday Closures:

Please call ahead if you plan to visit on or near a holiday.

Closed: New Years Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day. We typically close at 1 p.m. on New Years Eve and Christmas Eve.

Driving Directions:

From Fargo/Moorhead: I-94 E to Exit 54 MN-210 W. Turn LEFT onto MN-210 E/W LINCOLN AVE. Turn LEFT onto N 4th AVE. Parking lot on LEFT. APPROXIMATELY 60 MILES.

From Minneapolis/St. Paul: I-94 W to Exit 54 MN-210 W. Turn RIGHT onto MN-210 E/W LINCOLN AVE. Turn LEFT onto N 4th AVE. Parking lot on LEFT. APPROXIMATELY 180 MILES.

From Wahpeton/Breckenridge: MN-210 E to N 4th AVE. Turn LEFT onto 4th AVE. Parking lot on LEFT. APPROXIMATELY 35 MILES

From the EAST: MN-210 W to US-59/PEBBLE LAKE ROAD. Turn RIGHT onto MN-210/S SHERIAN ST. Continue to follow MN-210/LINCOLN AVENUE. Turn RIGHT on N 4th AVE. Parking lot on LEFT. WE ARE APPROXIMATELY 216 MILES FROM DULUTH.

We are located near the following attractions in and around Fergus Falls, Minnesota:


Dining, lodging and shopping. To find out more contact the Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce.

And the following Government and Arts Organizations and Activities: Otter Tail County Courthouse; Otter Trail Scenic Byway; Central Lakes Bike Trail; Prairie Wetlands Learning Center; A Center for the Arts; Lake Region Arts Council; Fergus Falls Public Library.

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