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Forum staff reports, Published February 01 2013

Fergus state hospital exhibit extended

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. – Due to continued interest in the Fergus Falls State Hospital, the Otter Tail County Historical Society is extending its exhibit, “The State Welcomes You: Minnesota’s Third State Hospital.”

A re-grand opening will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the museum for the exhibit that includes many photographs and artifacts that provide a comprehensive history of the institution.

Items include information on the farming operation, nurse training, the occupational therapy program, personal insights from a teenager who spent 14 months in the adolescent ward, a replica of a sailing ship made in great detail by a patient, medical instruments, dinnerware and other objects associated with hospital life.

For more information, visit www.otchs.org.