Physical and Mailing Address:

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


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We are located on the west side of Fergus Falls in Van Dyk Park.

The image at the top of this page is of Fergus Falls, c. 1910.

Our Staff:

Chris Schuelke, Executive Director Contact Chris with questions about the operations of the Historical Society.

Kathy Evavold, Curator of Collections Contact Kathy with questions about the Society's collections, artifact donations, exhibits, library or website.

Missy Hermes, Education Coordinator Address questions about our educational programs, tours and outreach to Missy Hermes.

LeAnn Neuleib, Office Manager LeAnn will help you with questions about our gift shop, newsletter and membership.

Vicky Anderson, Research Assistant Address questions about research and genealogy to Vicky.

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Otter Tail County Historical Society

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 offical county historical society and collect the history of the entire 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.

Our library has grown because of the generous donations of time and funds. A financial contribution made in honor of Samuel P. Adams continues to sustain the library and archives. Volunteer hours donated by many volunteers including Ann Smalley Jordan, for whom the archives was named on May 22, 2004, have and continue to increase our holdings.

Our educational programs started in 1979 when our first educator, Judy Stringer, put together our first education kit.

In 2002 we celebrated our 75th Anniversary with the completion of a site improvement project which almost doubled our parking lot, made a bus drop-off and handicap accessible ramp as well as provided better drainage away from the building.

We are currently trying to raise $100,000 for our Technology Fund. This fund will provide a regular source of revenue for computer upgrades and improvements. Please consider making a donation to this fund.

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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