Tom Ellig, Key Player in Development of MHS Historic Sites Network to Retire

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August 14, 2013
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Tom Ellig, Key Player in Development of MHS Historic Sites Network to Retire

After 45 years with the Minnesota Historical Society, Tom Ellig, community outreach and partnerships manager for historic sites, is retiring. His last day will be Sept. 6, 2013. Tom has served in many different roles during his distinguished career. He began in the summer of 1968 when he helped build the reconstructed trading post at the North West Company Fur Post in Pine City. He has worked in archaeology at Historic Fort Snelling, served as the first site manager at Split Rock Lighthouse and managed the southern district sites based out of the Lower Sioux Agency in Morton.

"What I am most proud of, is the many opportunities I have had to work as a team to bring the highest quality historical interpretation possible to the people of Minnesota" said Ellig. "I have the utmost respect for the Minnesota Historical Society because of the quality of work that is delivered, and I'm proud to have been a part of that."

John Crippen, director of Historic Sites said "Tom has been a key leader in the institution, leveraging his many contacts throughout the state, providing strategic direction on a number of projects, and overseeing the management of historic sites from the Canada to Iowa borders. He will be missed."

Tom and his wife Char live in Redwood Falls. Following his retirement, Tom plans to spend more time at his hobbies of gardening, hunting, fishing, hiking and canoeing. He will also continue to share his love for history with his 14-year-old granddaughter, as they travel to historic sites across the country, a trip the two have made every year since she was 6.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, the Society preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history.

The Minnesota Historical Society is supported in part by its Premier Partners: Xcel Energy and Explore Minnesota Tourism.