Historical director to take job in Missouri
After about 15 months on the job, the executive director of the Steele County Historical Society is moving south.
James Lundgren submitted his resignation last week to the Society’s board. Lundgren has accepted a new position as CEO and executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Hannibal, Mo. He begins in the new role Jan. 2.
“We are so sad to see him go, but wish him the very best in his exciting new role,” said Ryan Gillespie, president of the SCHS. She credits Lundgren with being an effective director for the Society, instrumental in continuing execution of successful exhibits, programming, events and much more.
Lundgren worked very hard at building a strong society with new sponsors coming on board this past year, Gillespie said. “Our staple events have been very successful (under Lundgren),” she said, adding he was very passionate about the history of the area and being the face of the organization.
Gillespie said the board has become the search process of finding a replacement for Lundgren. She hopes to get someone new on board before the end of the year.
She doesn’t anticipate any problems finding a qualified director to take Lundgren’s spot. “We are looked to be a strong organization,” Gillespie said. “It’s very well respected. We are lucky to have the center and the village to host events, programming and rentals. We have a unique set up.”
Said Gillespie: “Our Historical Society has enjoyed a wonderful year. Our staff, volunteers and members are second to none, and we are excited to see what is to come in 2020.”
Gillespie said Rachel Newville, the center’s events manager, who started in September, has also turned in her resignation. The society will also be working to replace her.