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!
Amy Bleier is a Research Archaeologist in the Archaeology and Historic Preservation Division. One of Amy’s tasks is to assist with the production of the North Dakota Archaeology Awareness poster.
Ann Crews Melton
Ann Crews Melton is associate editor of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. She edits this blog, assists with "North Dakota History: Journal of the Northern Plains," and scribbles a red pen across many other resources.
Barbara Handy-Marchello, Ph.D., is a historian and writer for North Dakota Studies.
Brooke was an archaeology collections assistant in the Archaeology & Historic Preservation Division.
Diane worked with state historic site staff and local community groups as a former historic sites manager.
Doug retired as Director of Market Development for a Minneapolis corporation. He served as President of Missouri Valley Habitat for Humanity in Bismarck/Mandan before discovering the State Historical Society of North Dakota. He currently serves as President of the North Dakota Archaeological Association. The rest is history (and archaeology).
Genia Hesser was the Curator of Exhibits for the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Geoff Woodcox was an assistant curator of collections in the Museum Division.
Guinn Hinman was a Historic Sites Manager at the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Nick Gronseth was a site supervisor at Fort Totten State Historic Site.
Susan Quinnell tackles the review and compliance work from federal and state agencies. She reviews development projects such as wind farms and pipelines to be sure that the federal and state agencies avoid any harm to significant cultural resources, such as historic buildings or archaeological sites.
Virginia A. Nelsen
Virginia A. Nelsen is the Executive Director of the State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation, 501c3 fundraising arm for the State Historical Society.
Wendi Field Murray
Wendi Field Murray is the Archaeology Collections Manager at the State Historical Society of North Dakota. She manages over 12 million artifacts representing 13,000 years of human history in the state. She is currently working to catalog the collections and make them more accessible to the public through digital media.