Early Perham Photographers

Nicholas Jahn

The work of this 19th and 20th century photographer captured the first settlers of the Perham area. Nic Jahn passed away in 1933 at the age of 76. Visit our photography exhibit to learn more.

Emma Olson

In a male-dominated industry, Emma Olson operated her own photography studio in St. Paul in the 1890s and later moved her business to Perham in 1899. If you have information to share about Emma Olson, we'd love to hear from you!

Now Playing at the Museum

Pharmacist and local Cinema Club member, Bernard Kemper made the 11-minute silent 16mm film "The Great Perham Jewel Robbery" in 1926 or 1927, soon after 16mm cameras were available for purchase. According to people in the community, all the folks on camera are Perham residents and the scenes are shot in town.

While of regional interest, the film also stands for an era in amateur film when neophytes took up the new 16mm format and patterned their work after classic films.