WW1 America: Spokespeople

For immediate release

Release dated: 
January 27, 2017
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Minnesota Historical Society 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org
Lauren Peck, Minnesota Historical Society 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org

WW1 America: Spokespeople

Brian Horrigan, exhibit developer
Brian Horrigan has been an MNHS exhibit developer since 1990, working on exhibits and interpretive trail projects at the History Center and MNHS historic sites, including Split Rock Lighthouse, Charles A. Lindbergh Historic Site and the Forest History Center. His most recent exhibits include “We Are Hmong Minnesota,” “The 1968 Exhibit” and “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation.”

Interview subjects:

  • The development and elements of the “WW1 America” exhibit
  • U.S. and WW1 history and Minnesota’s role in the war

Randal Dietrich, program specialist
Randal Dietrich works with partner organizations and individual educators, authors and artists to develop programs related to the anniversary of the U.S. entry into WW1. Dietrich has served as project manager for the MNHS initiatives “Minnesota and the Civil War” and “Minnesota’s Greatest Generation.”

Interview subjects:

  • The significance of the commemoration and an overview of related programs
  • WW1 history and Minnesota’s role in the war

Adam Scher, senior curator and exhibit collections representative
Adam Scher works with the three-dimensional artifact collections at MNHS and has curated the artifacts for the “WW1 America” exhibit and the collections-based WW1 Daybook project. Scher formerly served as vice president of operations for the American Civil War Center in Richmond, Virginia.

Interview subjects:

  • Artifacts from “WW1 America” exhibit, WW1 America Daybook project
  • U.S. and WW1 history and Minnesota’s role in the war

Jessica Ellison, education specialist
Jessica Ellison is part of the team that develops educational programs at MNHS and is leading the creation of new WW1 America curriculum. Ellison has been a teacher educator at MNHS since 2004, creating and delivering teacher professional development and classroom materials.
Interview subjects:

  • WW1-related educational programs
  • Learning connections for students visiting “WW1 America” exhibit

Annette Atkins, historian
Annette Atkins is professor emerita of history at Saint John's University and the College of Saint Benedict. Her publications include “Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out,” ”The State We're In,” and “Walk a Century in My Shoes.” She is an adviser for the “WW1 America” project.

Interview subjects:

  • Women in WW1, immigrants and nativism, German-Americans and WW1