Local History & Genealogy

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The Gift Shop

A unique selection of gifts, books and games, all with a flavor of the past. A 10% discount for members.

Local History Stories

Muse-ings is an ongoing series of local history stories from Area Voices and is also published in the Perham Focus.

Of Interest

Welcome to The History Museum!


Established in 1998, the History Museum of East Otter Tail County is located in Perham, Minnesota in the heart of the west central lakes area. Displays tell the stories of the people, places and events of the area through interpretive exhibits, photographs, and original motion picture footage. Open to the public, the History Museum is housed in a beautiful historic stone structure.

Do Family Tree Research in our Genealogy Lab

genealogy lab

Trace the history of the families of East Otter Tail County. Our staff is happy to help you research and create your own family tree utilizing the resources of the History Museum's Genealogy Lab. Learn how to research your family history and make connections to resources locally to worldwide in paper, microfilm, and web site formats, including the sites listed here: