Museums & History

ITOWITOW - In Their Own Words

Located in the heart of the beautiful lake country, Perham's newest museum offers a unique opportunity for group tours for all ages. VFW and Auxiliary members will be on hand to greet you. Lunch in the mess hall (served in mess kits) is an option, as are lectures by visiting scholars. The Veteran's Museum invites you to experience the memories and events of those who were there.


History Museum of East Otter Tail (218-346-7676)

History Museum

Built originally as an Episcopal church, this historic building now contains displays and exhibits about the people and places of East Otter Tail County. At the History Museum, the past comes alive with early motion pictures, photographic essays and interpretive exhibits. Discover stories about the first settlers, the arrival of the railroad, forgotten towns, early tourism and much more.  Call 346-7676 for more info.



The Prospect House in Battle Lake, MN (218-864-4008)

The Prospect House, a Georgian-style "mansion", is a treasure in its own right. Cap Colehour built the house in 1882, based on architectural drawings from his home in Chicago. In 1886 Cap built an addition onto his house and began to offer his home, which he then called "The Prospect Inn", as a seasonal resort. He operated the resort until 1924 when his wife made him retire at age 82. The Prospect Inn was perhaps the first and largest resort in the lakes area, operating for 38 years. Cap’s daughter, Kathrina, and her husband, Ernest Wilkins, remodeled the interior five years later, in 1929. The house’s furnishings and décor have not been changed since that time.

Continually inhabited by descendants of Cap Colehour since 1882, the Prospect House features the Civil War Museum in the lower level. Century old trees define the grounds where the Prospect House was originally built and remains today as a historical site in Battle Lake, Minnesota. Historical markers around the yard tell the story of the Prospect House.