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Staff / Organization


Administration provides general supervision of all programs and responsibilities of the agency through the office of the director. Support and coordination are provided through budgeting, accounting, purchasing, personnel services, communications, inventory control, concession sales, and overall security functions.

  • Berg, Claudia J., Director
  • Custodial Staff
    • Bieber, Mark, Custodian
    • Canter, Robert, Custodian
    • Jensen, Jeff, Custodian
    • Masser, Josh, Custodian
    • O'Brien, Pam, Custodian
  • Doll, Bryan, Site Operations Manager
  • Fisk, Richard, Museum Store Manager
  • Historical Society Security
    • Baumgartner, Paul, Electronics Technician
    • Davis, Adam, Security Officer
    • Edwards, Duane, Security Supervisor
    • Olmsted, Craig, Security Officer
    • Olsen, Robert, Security Officer
    • Schlecht, David, Electronics Technician
    • Wentz, Jason, Assistant Security Supervisor
  • Grahl, Jackie, Account Technician
  • Houn, Erica, Business Manager
  • Miller, Ashleigh, Administrative Assistant
  • Reed, Lynlee, Account Technician
  • Wike, Andrea, Assistant Director
Archaeology & Historic Preservation Division

The Archaeology & Historic Preservation Division provides for the preparation of a statewide historic preservation plan, and inventories, evaluates, and nominates sites for listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The division assists in the preservation of historic properties at all levels, and reviews and comments to sponsoring agencies on federally assisted projects to assure that historic values are considered in project planning and execution. Information on National Park Service cultural resources technical assistance.

The Division also provides for interpretation, programming, maintenance, repair, and operational control for all land and buildings in the custody of the State Historical Society of North Dakota, which includes fifty-six state historic sites. The division is responsible for constructing interpretive and visitor use facilities and implementing plans and recommendations relating to the historic preservation of sites and buildings.

The division is responsible for preserving and curating approximately 12 million artifacts in the archaeological collection representing 13,000 years of human history.

  • Blanchard, Jeff, Pembina State Museum Site Supervisor
  • Bleier, Amy C., Research Archaeologist
  • Campbell, Johnathan, Former Governor’s Mansion and Camp Hancock Site Supervisor
  • Curtis, Emmit, Whitestone Hill Site Supervisor
  • Finsaas, Kerry, Fort Buford/Missouri-Yellowstone Confluence Interpretive Center Site Supervisor
  • Grahl, Paul, Historic Sites Maintenance and Construction Supervisor
  • Grove, Brian, Welk Homestead Site Supervisor
  • Hinman, Guinn, Historic Sites Manager; Site Supervisor Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile Site
  • Krueger, Lenny, Fort Abercrombie Site Supervisor
  • Linn, Thomas C., Architectural Project Manager
  • Meidinger, Lorna, Architectural Historian
  • Munson, Amy Rouleau, Grants & Contracts Officer
  • Murray, Wendi Field, Archaeologist/Collections Manager
  • Picha, Paul R., Chief Archeologist
  • Quinnell, Susan, Review and Compliance Coordinator
  • Reed, Timothy A., Research Archeologist
  • Reidburn, Steve, Stutsman County Courthouse Site Supervisor
  • Schoenfelder, Meagan, Collections Assistant
  • Steckler, Lisa L., CLG Coordinator
  • Swenson, Fern E., Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and Division Director
Communications, Marketing and Education

The Division provides communications and marketing services and educational outreach by interpreting the collections and work of the Society to the public. Responsible for public programs for adults and children, school programs, field services, publications and and the volunteer/facility program, the Division staff bring North Dakota history to life for thousands of people.

  • Berreth-Smokey, Pamela K., Editor/Public Information Specialist
  • Campbell, Beth E., Visitor Services Coordinator
  • Hellman, Deborah K., Public Information Specialist
  • Holland, Erik, Curator of Education
  • Howe, Neil D., North Dakota Studies Coordinator
  • Johnson, Angela M., New Media Specialist
  • Jondahl, Kimberly H., Communications and Education Director
  • Mayer, David A., Information Systems Administrator
  • Melton, Ann Crews, Assistant Editor
  • Reinbold, Toni, Event Coordinator
  • Rockeman, Jessica L., Digital Media Developer
  • Stone, Kiri, Administrative Assistant
  • Stuckle, Danielle, Outreach Program Coordinator
Museum Division

The Museum Division presents the history of North Dakota through exhibits in the North Dakota Heritage Center and in branch museums, as well as through traveling exhibits. The Division staff provide technical assistance on exhibit design and collection care to the public and other museums in the state. The division is responsible for preserving and exhibiting the artifacts in the collection, including over 74,000 artifacts in the history, ethnology, and natural history collections.

  • Halvorson, Mark J., Curator of Collections Research
  • Hesser, Genia, Curator of Exhibits
  • Kerr, Andrew, Graphics Designer and Coordinator
  • Stone, Kiri, Administrative Assistant
  • Thompson, Melissa, Assistant Registrar
  • Thorson, Len C., Registrar
  • Turnbow, Bryan, Preparator
  • Yearous, Jenny Dee, Curator of Collections Management
State Archives

The State Archives preserves and makes accessible records of North Dakota government of enduring value and is responsible for acquiring and preserving the other documentary holdings of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Available are books, newspapers, maps, photographs, motion picture films, tape recordings, archives and manuscripts, and other historical materials for the use of both staff and the general public through reference services and programs of preservation.

  • Baker, Gene R., Computer Network Specialist II
  • Baltzer Kom, Stephanie, Head, Technical Services
  • Bjorness, Virginia, Cataloger
  • Ergen, Emily E., Archives Specialist
  • Harrison, Larissa D., Archives Specialist
  • Jenks, Ann B., State Archivist and Division Director
  • Leben, Tam, Microfilm Specialist
  • Molander, Shane A., Deputy State Archivist
  • Sauerwein, Daniel, Reference Specialist
  • Schott, Lindsay K., Electronic Records Archivist
  • Silengo, Sharon A., Photo Archivist
  • Walker, Sarah, Reference Specialist

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Bismarck, North Dakota 58505
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State Museum and Store: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F; Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
We are closed New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
We will also be closed on Christmas Eve this year.
State Archives: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. M-F, except state holidays; 2nd Sat. of each month, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
State Historical Society offices: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M-F, except state holidays.

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phone: 701.328.2666