Museum wants to hear your Otter Tail myths, legends and history

The History Museum of East otter Tail County. (RosaLin Alcoser/Focus)

The History Museum of East Otter Tail County , Perham, is calling on all residents to share any histories, stories, legends, myths or photographs during March.

It is the " Minnesota Historical Societ y that's doing the project of mapping history in the state," said Mary Pfeffer from the History Museum of East Otter Tail. The museum is helping to collect county history for the project.

Otter Tail County has been chosen as one of the first counties to help gather state history as it is one of the largest counties with a diverse variety of places, said Joan Happle, a board member on the Otter Tail County Historical Society.

The East Otter Tail History Museum will be holding an open house every Thursday in March from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. "Please come in and bring a story," said Shirley Davidson, from the history museum. "Write it yourself; it doesn't have to be about your family. It can be about a church that you go to that's 100 years old, or you know a fable about Perham."

No appointments to submit or tell a story at the museum are necessary, Davidson said.


The length of the story does not matter, nor does it matter if the story is written down or told aloud at the East Otter Tail History Museum. The collection of any stories from or about Otter Tail County, especially things that people have witnessed, is the main goal.

"We could use everybody's help," Davidson said.

Those who would like to help the museum collect the stories can do so by stopping by on a Thursday or by calling the museum to volunteer.

Volunteering does not mean that volunteers have to commit to helping with the whole project. "People can plunge into a short part of this project," Pfeffer said.

To volunteer or submit a story

Visit the History Museum of East Otter Tail County at 230 First Ave. N., Perham, or call the museum at 218-346-7676.

The museum is hosting an open house to collect stories, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Thursday in March.

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