Minnesota Historical Society Names Michael Fox its Interim Director

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December 9, 2010
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Minnesota Historical Society Names Michael Fox its Interim Director

St. Paul, Minn. – Dec. 9, 2010.The Minnesota Historical Society announced today that Michael Fox has been named to serve as the Society’s Interim Director, effective Jan. 3, 2011, following the retirement of current Director Nina Archabal.Last April, upon announcing her retirement, Archabal named Fox as the Society’s Chief Operating Officer.It is expected that the director post will be filled permanently by summer 2011.

“The Minnesota Historical Society is one of the nation’s leading historical organizations, and the people of Minnesota are fortunate to have Michael Fox leading the institution through this transitional time period,” said William Stoeri, president of the Society’s governing board.“Based on 23 years of service and knowledge of every aspect of the Society’s operations, Fox’s appointment ensures that Minnesotans will continue to receive the excellent programs, services and events they’ve come to expect.”

Fox joined the Minnesota Historical Society in 1987 as Head of Processing and was named Director of Library, Publications and Collections in 2000.He has served as Deputy Director for Programs since 2005, leading the Society’s 26 historic sites and museums, its library and archives, MHS Press, exhibition development, education, the State Historic Preservation Office, archaeology, enterprise technology and business services. In 2010, Fox assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer, overseeing all of the Society’s programs, as well as operations, including finance, human resources and external relations.

Prior to joining the Society, Fox served in a variety of roles at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin.He holds a Masters of Library Science and a B.A. in American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. Its essence is to illuminate the past to light the future.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.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. Its essence is to illuminate the past as a way to shed light on the future. 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.