Do you love spending time on the lake? Are you fascinated by local history? The Otter Tail County Historical Society (OTCHS) has something special for you! Their brand new exhibit, RESORTS, takes visitors on a nostalgic journey through the county's vibrant resort culture.

Running from March 22nd to December 20th, 2024, this immersive exhibit promises a treasure trove of discoveries for all ages. Get ready to:

  • Explore over 100 unique objects seldom seen before, all whispering tales of days spent basking by the lake.
  • Travel back in time and experience the era when "going to the lake" meant spending entire summer months, not just a fleeting week.
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  • Step inside a recreated resort cabin. Imagine the simple charm of a bygone era, where relaxation reigned supreme.
  • Cast your vote! Help choose the most captivating resort name from a bygone era.
  • Challenge a friend to a game at the nostalgic picnic table.
  • Unravel the stories behind the red houses on the mural. Each one represents a resort - can you guess which lakes boasted the most?
  • Take a moment of remembrance. A section honors those who tragically lost their lives in Otter Tail County lakes between 1947-1975.
  • Peek into the past through postcards. Discover what vacationers wrote about during their idyllic escapes to Otter Tail County. Imagine the faraway states these messages were sent to!

More Than Just a Vacation Spot

The "RESORTS" exhibit delves deeper than just leisure activities. It explores the significance of Otter Tail County as a haven for those seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. From the scorching plains of the Midwest to the crowded streets, Otter Tail County offered a cool, scenic escape – a veritable "paradise" of pristine lakes and fresh air.

A Step Back in Time, Without the Mosquitoes!

The OTCHS team has meticulously crafted an experience that transports you straight into the heart of a classic resort. Imagine all the charm, minus the pesky mosquitos!



Don't Miss Out!

Immerse yourself in the rich history of Otter Tail County's resorts. The "RESORTS" exhibit is open throughout 2024. The museum is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, with extended Saturday hours from June to August.

For more information, call 218-736-6038 or visit the OTCHS Facebook page. Don't miss this captivating glimpse into a simpler time!