A century of conservation- Year long commemoration begins with exhibit at Otter Tail history museum 

Throughout 2020 the Otter Tail County Historical Society is partnering with the Fergus Falls Fish & Game Club to celebrate the Club’s 100th anniversary. 

The year long commemoration includes a new temporary exhibition at OTCHS entitled “100 Years of Conservation” opening February 8.

The Society’s Dunlap Room will also feature a rotating schedule of displays related to the natural environment, ecosystems, vegetation and wildlife. Currently on display is an exhibit highlighting the work of three artists that have contributed to wildlife art both locally and nationally.

Nicole Larson is a self-taught painter with an incredible talent for turning turkey feathers into detailed and creative works of art. All the feathers in her art are from turkeys, each coming with a special story about that particular bird.

John S. Wilson began painting in the late 1970s. In 1976 he entered his first stamp contest, placing second. This gave him the motivation to devote more time to wildlife art. In 1979 he won the first of many South Dakota State stamp contests and in 1981 became the first South Dakotan to win the Federal Duck Stamp with his painting of a pair of Ruddy ducks. Winning the Federal Duck Stamp allowed him to pursue his love of art full-time.

The third artist features the work of legendary Fergus Falls metal artist Steve Jaenisch. Each year Jaenisch created welded awards given to members of the Fish & Game Club for their dedication to conservation. These awards will be on display throughout the year. A model of Jaenisch’s “Super Goose” is also on display. The full scale “Super Goose” was constructed in 1990 and donated to the City of Fergus Falls. It is located in Van Dyke Park by the Otter Tail County Historical Museum.

The works on Larson, Wilson and Jaenisch will be up until February 7.

For more information contact OTCHS at 218-736-6038 or find us on Facebook.