The Gift Shop

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

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Local History Stories

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

People & Places


Stonemason Nathaniel McConachie

The Museum is housed in an historic church built in 1887 by Nathaniel McConachie, who built several such structures in Minnesota and North Dakota still in use.


Mayor Paul Miller

Paul Miller, mayor of Perham for more than 30 years, left many legacies to the area. A portion of his Native American artifacts is on permanent display.


Photographer Nic Jahn

The work of this 19th and 20th century photographer captured the first settlers of the Perham area.


Rural Schools of East Otter Tail County

See what school was like for children and their teachers in the early days of the 20th century.


A Walk through Perham

A series of clips from original motion picture footage from the 1920s.


Forgotten Towns of East Otter Tail County

Almora, Boardman, Bonita, Davies, Red Eye, Joy, Luce, Paddock, Redington, Richdale, Topelius; many have completely vanished and some are barely remembered.