Minnesota Historical Society Welcomes New Members to its Executive Council in 2022

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Release dated: 
November 15, 2021
Media contacts: 

Suzanne Herrick, 612-247-3079, suzanne.herrick@mnhs.org
Julianna Olsen, 651-259-3140, julianna.olsen@mnhs.org

Minnesota Historical Society Welcomes New Members to its Executive Council in 2022

The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to introduce two new members to the Executive Council in 2022, making up a governing board of 32 members. The new members are:

Judge John (Jack) Tunheim, Stillwater

The Honorable John Tunheim is the Chief U.S. District Court Judge for Minnesota. He was nominated to the district court by President Clinton in 1995. Judge Tunheim is a passionate promoter of history and was instrumental in organizing a week of remembrance marking the centennial of the Duluth Lynchings. Jack has served as Chair of the Board of Regents at Concordia College in Moorhead and Chair of the Advisory Council at the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota. He also served as Chair of the U.S. Assassination Records Review Board from 1994-1998, a federal agency that declassified the remaining secret records from the Kennedy assassination. Jack was also President of the Board of the Norwegian-American Historical Association. He is the author of “A Scandinavian Saga,” an account of the first 25 years of settlement of his hometown of Newfolden, Minnesota. He and his wife Kathy have been members of MNHS since 1977.

Noelle Turner, Minneapolis

An active community volunteer, Noelle has served on several boards including Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (Co-chair of the Development Committee), Catholic Charities Twin Cities (Executive Committee member), the Hennepin History Museum, Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (Secretary and Chair of Development), as a member of the Campaign Cabinet of the “Multiplying the Impact” campaign for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and as a member of the MNHS Development Committee. She is a former Executive at Bloomingdales in New York, N.Y., and is the owner of NPT Design, a design firm specializing in the renovation of old homes. She majored in International Relations at Mount Holyoke College in Mass., where her love of history was fostered leading to her interest in historic preservation. She and her husband Jeff have been members of MNHS since 2006 and North Star Circle members since 2008.

In addition, the following members were re-elected to the Executive Council:

To a second three-year term:

  • Stephanie Fehr, Edina
  • Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Richard Nash, New Prague
  • Joseph Nayquonabe, Jr., Onamia
  • Dr. Anton Treuer, Bemidji

To a third three-year term:

  • Barbara Burwell, Orono
  • Grant Davis, Woodbury
  • Monica Little, Minneapolis

About the Executive Council

Executive Council members serve three-year terms. New members are recommended by the Executive Council to the MNHS membership and approved at the annual meeting.

The Executive Council is charged with establishing policy, monitoring programs and services, protecting MNHS's financial integrity and selecting, supporting and evaluating the Director and CEO. In addition, the Council oversees the annual budget, non-budgeted expenditures, and the purchase and sale of major assets.

View the complete list of current Executive Council members at www.mnhs.org/about/leadership.

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About the Minnesota Historical Society
The Minnesota Historical Society is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at mnhs.org.