Iowa preservationist joins Minnesota Historical Society

Barbara Mitchell Howard, who’s been deputy director of the Iowa State Historic Preservation Office, will be the Minnesota Historical Society’s new head of the Historic Preservation, Field Services and Grants Department.

She’ll replace Britta Bloomberg, who will retire at the end of the year.

Historical Society officials say her job will be to oversee the State Historic Preservation office and the society’s work with state and local history programs and organizations in Minnesota. She will also oversee the administration of the society’s grants-in-aid programs, which include approximately $5 million annually in state Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds for historical and cultural grants and special projects.

Stephen Elliott, MHS director and CEO, said in a statement: Howard’s “extensive experience with federal and state preservation programs, knowledge of Minnesota and Upper Midwest history and commitment to fostering historic preservation as a way to improve the lives of people today and for future generations will serve Minnesotans well.”

MHS also announced four new executive council members:

  • David Hakensen, of Minnetonka, senior vice president and general manager of the Twin Cities office of Fleishman-Hillard Inc. He has served on the Minnetonka Community Heritage Commission, Minnetonka Community Commission, and the Minneapolis Downtown Marketing Committee. He currently serves on the Society’s Marketing Committee.
  • Dennis Lamkin, of Duluth, a vice president and senior property manager for U.S. Bank, and adviser on real estate matters to three Minnesota governors and four commissioners of the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board. His community service includes board affiliations with the Duluth Public Arts Commission, Duluth Preservation Alliance, Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and Historic Glensheen Mansion.
  • Elizabeth Nordlie, of Wayzata, vice president and business unit director of the Pillsbury Division of General Mills. She is involved with many community organizations and serves on the board of the Pillsbury Fresh Dough Funsters.
  • Susan Kenny Stevens, of St. Paul, is a management consultant providing strategic guidance to the nonprofit sector. A speaker and instructor, she is also the author of five books, including the award-winning “Nonprofit Lifecycles.”

Seven other executive council members were re-elected:

  • Brenda Child of St. Paul
  • Charles Mahar of St. Paul
  • Dean Nelson of St. Paul
  • Peter Reis of White Bear Lake
  • Simon Stevens of Minneapolis
  • Eleanor Winston of Wayzata
  • Judith Corson of Deephaven.

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