Minnesota Historical Society Education: Spokespeople

For immediate release

Release dated: 
August 22, 2013
Media contacts: 

Julianna Olsen, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3039, julianna.olsen@mnhs.org
​Joanna Danks, Marketing and Communications, 651-259-3149, joanna.danks@mnhs.org

Minnesota Historical Society Education: Spokespeople

To set up an interview, please contact Julianna Olsen, 651-259-3039, julianna.olsen@mnhs.org or Joanna Danks, 651-259-3149, joanna.danks@mnhs.org.

Tim Hoogland, Director of Education Outreach Programs at the Minnesota Historical Society supervises the National History Day in Minnesota program, Teacher Education, the Northern Lights textbook/curriculum, Curriculum Products and Diversity Outreach. He is also an affiliated instructor of history at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches service learning and museum courses that deepen collaboration between the U of M and the Society. Hoogland has worked for the Society since 1991.

Wendy Jones, Director of Museum Education and Lifelong Learning, has more than 25 years experience developing educational programs at the Minnesota History Center and is leading several initiatives to improve the Society’s service to K-12 audiences, including History Live, History Player in the Classroom, Play the Past and Field Trip Lessons.

Richard Josey, Jr., Manager of Programs, Historic Sites and Museums, directs the development of interpretive programs for the Society’s network of historic sites and museums. Josey has spent more than 15 years developing education-based programs at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Josey began his career in 1985 as a history interpreter portraying African-American experiences in the 17th and 18th centuries, including slavery. In 2001 he became a manager of interpretive programs and since then has supervised staff and
developed programs that cross class, race and gender boundaries.

Dave Kenney, Author of the Revised Second Edition of Northern Lights, is a freelance writer specializing in Minnesota history. His books include “Minnesota in the ’70s,” “Twin Cities Picture Show,” “Minnesota Goes to War” and “Twin Cities Album.” He also has chronicled the histories of significant Minnesota institutions including the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, Gustavus Adolphus College, and the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a two-time winner of the Minnesota Book Award.

Kevin Maijala, Manager of Curriculum Development and Teacher Education, has more than 15 years experience delivering and developing educational programs for K-12 teachers and students at the Minnesota Historical Society and at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in Virginia. He has managed several Minnesota Historical Society sites including the Alexander Ramsey House and Historic Fort Snelling, and helped develop exhibits and programs at the Lower Sioux Agency and Charles Lindbergh Historic Site. He served on the
2011 Social Studies Standards committee and is co-editor of “Northern Lights,” the sixth grade social studies textbook and curriculum.