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The virgin forests that surrounded the Pine Lakes were cut in the latter part of the 19th century and floated down the Otter Tail River until they reached Fort Gary.



In the long nights of Minnesota winters, pioneer women recycled scraps of fabric into colorful and practical blankets to keep their families warm.


The Early Days of Medicine

A lucky accident brought Dr. Brabec to the area. In 1902 he convinced the Franciscan sisters to build the St. James Hospital in Perham.


The First Tourists

Since the late 1800's, people have come here to fish, hunt and relax. Early resorts were often like hotels, with food and dancing, but the big attraction was the fish.


A Lifetime Of Music

Stories about some of the music and musicians of East Otter Tail County during the Golden Age of dance bands.


From Baseball to Brass Bands

It takes teamwork to win a game or play a march. You will enjoy this exhibit featuring yesterday's players.