Minnesota Historical Society Announces Three New Leadership Positions

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Release dated: 
August 19, 2016
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Jessica Kohen, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org, 651-259-3148
Lory Sutton, lory.sutton@mnhs.org, 651-259-3140

Minnesota Historical Society Announces Three New Leadership Positions

After a national search, MNHS has appointed heads of guest experiences and educational services; earned income, guest services and sales; and administration and support.

The Minnesota Historical Society announced today the appointment of three new leadership positions. “We are excited about the future of MNHS,” said Steve Elliott, director and CEO. “Our new colleagues will help us build on our mission to serve all Minnesotans, ensure financial sustainability and continue to connect Minnesotans with their past and present, their communities and the world.” New appointees include:

Melanie A. Adams will join MNHS as senior director, guest experiences and educational services, effective October 10.  In this position, Adams will provide executive leadership for the management of visitor experiences and educational services at MNHS, including the development and delivery of engaging and relevant exhibits and educational programming across the organization.

Adams has been managing director of community education and events at the Missouri Historical Society since 2005, where she was responsible for more than 700 social, cultural and educational programs and increased annual student visitation from 7,000 to 30,000 students.  Prior to that, she was principal, Kaleidoscopes LLC, executive director for Teach for America-St. Louis, and served on the board of the Missouri School Board Association. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Douglas K. MartyDouglas K. Marty will join MNHS as senior director, earned income, guest services and sales, effective September. In this position, Marty will provide executive leadership for increasing sales and earned income across MNHS operations, enhancing the brand, reputation and growth in the market, while ensuring excellent guest services.

Marty has been executive director of strategy and planning at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation since 2015, where he led the creation of a data-driven business strategy to increase visitation while reducing expenses. Prior to that, he was director of information technology at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and senior manager, technical information services at Andersen Consulting. Marty has a B.A. from Drake University.

Peggy IngisonPeggy Ingison has been named senior director of administration and support. In this position, Ingison will provide executive leadership for administrative and support services, including technology, facilities and risk management, finance, human resources, and volunteers & intern functions.

Ingison joined MNHS in 2011 as chief financial officer. She has also served as chief financial officer for the Minneapolis Public Schools and as commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Finance. Ingison has a B.S. from Bemidji State University.


Additional executive staff appointments include Christopher J. Taylor, director, inclusion and community engagement. Taylor has held this position since 2015 but will now join the MNHS director’s office to lead the institution’s efforts to ensure that inclusion becomes a central part of all MNHS divisions and is evident in all MNHS work. Prior to serving as director, he was the diversity program outreach manager at MNHS. Taylor is an instructor at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota. He has an M.A. from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and is working toward a doctorate of education from the University of St. Thomas.

The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit 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 book 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.