Amber Annis

Amber Annis, Director of Native American Initiatives

Amber Annis has a long history as not only a public historian, but also as an educator, tribal nation liaison, collaborator and community engagement specialist. Annis works with several departments and sites across MNHS to ensure that Native representation and content are developed in an accurate and appropriate manner. Beyond her work at MNHS, Annis has spent the past several years as an instructor at Metropolitan State University and the University of Minnesota teaching themes such as cultural awareness, contemporary Native identity, environmental justice and United States politics. She spent several years working with the Honoring Nations program, which seeks to highlight examples of Native success across Indian Country. She is also a Native Governance Center Native Nation Rebuilder where she has been trained in Indigenous leadership strategies. She is a citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and works daily to ensure that resilient and positive representation of American Indian people are shown through the lens of sovereignty, culture and contemporary issues.


Ben Leonard

Ben Leonard, Senior Director, Historic Sites & Facilities Operations

Ben Leonard joined the Minnesota Historical Society in 2013. He has more than 20 years of experience in historical institutions. In his work with historic sites, Leonard is passionate about developing relevant and inclusive opportunities for the public to engage with our history, while creating sustainable operational models for the future. 


Kent Whitworth

Kent Whitworth, Director and CEO

Kent Whitworth joined the Minnesota Historical Society as the director and chief executive officer in July 2018. He previously served as the executive director of the Kentucky Historical Society and is a founder and leader of the national History Relevance campaign, which helped to redefine history’s impact on America today