Museums are local gems sharing history in Otter Tail County [UPDATED]Published 9:37am Friday, July 26, 2013 Updated 11:45am Friday, July 26, 2013
I have had the pleasure of recently visiting two relatively new and outstanding museums in Otter Tail County.
One is the “Preserve the Tradition” museum near Dalton. More than 650 mounts of wild animals from 37 countries are featured in an artistic and educational style.
The museum also features birds and reptiles. Steve and Judy Slack (612-670-6864) are the owners of this non-profit facility that emphasizes outdoor and educational experiences for people of all ages.
The facility has conference rooms, meeting rooms, and picnic areas available.
The building and grounds are immaculate and welcoming.
The second museum is the “Prospect House” museum in Battle Lake, also a non-profit facility. Jay Johnson (218-864-4008), great-grandson of the Civil War veteran, James Allison “Cap” Colehour has organized thousands of artifacts from several generations of the Colehour family and displays them with documentation from letters and pictures that interpret the Civil War era and early days of Battle Lake when this home was the area’s first tourist hotel.
Jay’s mother was an accomplished artist whose works are also displayed.
Both of these museums are exceptional and real gems of the Otter Tail County area.
Consider visiting these facilities. It is a great destination for local residents as well as visitors from other parts of the country. You will not be disappointed.