Backstage Pass to North Dakota History
This blog takes you behind the scenes of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Get a glimpse at a day-in-the-life of the staff, volunteers, and partners who make it all possible. Discover what it takes to preserve North Dakota’s natural and cultural history. We encourage dialogue, questions, and comments!
Len Thorson & Melissa Thompson
Len Thorson is the Registrar for the Society’s Museum Division. Len oversees the Museum Collections Committee, an interdisciplinary cross-section of Society staff that determines museum collection acquisitions. The Registrar’s office also executes artifact loans, both to and from other museums, and manages the permanent records associated with the museum collections. An immediate goal is to achieve public access to the museum collections information by way of the internet.
Melissa Thompson is the Assistant Registrar in the Museum Division of SHSND. Melissa is the contact for all artifact donations for the Museum Division including historical items, natural history, and fine art. She also deals with the museum collections database, museum policies and procedures, and incoming and outgoing loans.