Historic Fort Snelling Spokespeople

For immediate release

Release dated: 
January 31, 2018
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Marketing and Communications, 651­259­3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
Lory Sutton, Marketing and Communications, 651­259­3140, lory.sutton@mnhs.org

Historic Fort Snelling Spokespeople

D. Stephen Elliott, director and CEO

D. Stephen Elliott has been the director and chief executive officer of the Minnesota Historical Society since 2011. In his more than 40 years of experience in the field, he has served as president/CEO of the New York State Historical Association and as vice president of education and chief administration officer for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He has served on many museum, history, education and civic boards and is past chair of the American Association for State and Local History.

Melanie Adams, PhD, senior director, guest experience & educational services 
Minnesota Historical Society

Melanie Adams

Since 2016, Melanie Adams has overseen the programs and operations of MNHS’ network of historic sites and museums. She has more than 25 years of experience in educational and historical institutions working to develop engaging experiences that reflect history’s continued relevance. Adams is a board member of the American Association of State and Local History and former president of the Association of Midwest Museums.

Joe Horse Capture, director, Native American Initiatives
Minnesota Historical Society

Joe Horse Capture

Joe Horse Capture joined MNHS in 2016 as director of the Native American Initiatives department. During this time, MNHS entered into a formal partnership with the Dakota Community Council to ensure that Dakota people, history, perspectives and homelands are honored and sustained at Historic Fort Snelling. Horse Capture is a member of the A’aninin tribe of Montana and has worked as a curator at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Tom Pfannenstiel, site manager Historic Fort Snelling

Tom Pfannenstiel is the site manager at Historic Fort Snelling. He joined the Minnesota Historical Society in 1998 as district manager of metro historic sites and has held other positions including preservation construction manager and historic properties manager. Prior to MNHS, Pfannenstiel served as executive director of the Wyandotte County Historical Society and Museum and director of the Smoky Hill Museum, both located in Kansas.