Looking ahead

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Looking ahead

By: grabitsdm | April 27, 2010
It has been 23 years since the Minnesota Historical Society hired Nina Archabal to be its director. Much has changed in the way that local history is preserved and made accessible. The most noticeable change might be in how common electronic systems have become, such as cataloging software like PastPerfect. There are many other ways, also, that the times have changed. The way in which local history attempts to tell a more inclusive story is one, just as the expectations of our patrons is another. You might be able to name a few more.

Now would be a good time to reflect on those changes and to provide some encouragement to the board of the Minnesota Historical Society as it begins the search for a new director.  What will be important to the local history community in Minnesota to accomplish in the next 5 to 15 years? What kinds of qualities might you expect to see in a new director of the Minnesota Historical Society?