Staff & Volunteers

Executive Director:  Lori Pickell-Stangel

Lori-head-shotLori Pickell-Stangel is the full time Executive Director for the McLeod County Historical Society and Museum.  Lori has a degree in Merchandising Marketing with a minor in Art History from South Dakota State University.

Lori came to McLeod County from Renville County, where she worked as the Director of the Renville County Historical Society in Morton, MN for six years.  Lori is a member of the Alliance of Local History Museums, the Minnesota History Coalition, as well as many other regional, state, and national History organizations.

Lori manages the Museum’s programs and events, annual theme research, fundraising, and grant writing projects.  Lori also gives programs and performs for the Museum’s successful Bringing Books to Life Program.
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100_6489Museum Assistant:  Peggy Paulson

Peggy Paulson is our part-time Museum Assistant for the McLeod County Historical Society and Museum.  Peggy manages the Museum’s membership, tours, contributions, and volunteers. Peggy also greets guests and aids researchers in our extensive research library.

Peggy also researches and creates rotating displays from the Museum’s vast collection of artifacts for the Museum’s meeting room area and traveling exhibits.

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monica-wehler-photoMcLeod County Historical Partners Community Outreach Director:  Monica Wehler

Monica Wehler is our part-time MCHP Community Outreach Director and works with the McLeod County Historical Partners board that currently consist of Historic Hutchinson, The Glencoe Historic Preservation Society and the McLeod County Historical Society.  Monica aids these and all nine communities in McLeod County find ways to preserve and enhance their individual local history.  If you would like to learn more about the MCHP group and how you can become a member, please click on the link below to contact Monica.

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Collections Manager: Bev Swenson

Bev Swenson Collections ManagerBeverly Swenson volunteers full time at the McLeod County Historical Museum as our Collections Manager. As a part of her duties, Bev works with artifact donations and the cataloging, photographing, and data entry of all items in the Museum’s vast collections.  She also manages all new artifact donations and heads our Collections Policy Committee team!

Contact Bev with donation requests or questions

Archives Manager: Currently Open

We are looking for a volunteer to serve as our Archivist and Library Manager for the McLeod County Historical Museum’s research center.  As a part of his/her duties, the archivist oversees a group of dedicated volunteers who index, file, digitize and preserve the Museum’s vast collection of photos, documents, artwork, and digital media!
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3-D Collections Manager: Liz Schwarze

Liz Schwarze 3-D Collections ManagerLiz Schwarze volunteers as our three dimensional artifact manager for the McLeod County Historical Museum.  Liz oversees the vast and varied collections of 3-D artifacts that range from small stone projectile points to large Victorian furniture items.  Liz labels, boxes, and keeps the vast collection organized and updated on our computer system.  Liz also aids staff in pulling artifacts for special displays, research, and programs.

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In-House Researcher: Marlys Fredrick

Marlys Fredrick ResearcherMarlys Fredrick volunteers for the McLeod County Historical Museum as our in-house researcher.  Marlys is an avid genealogist with many years of experience in the field of family history research.  Marlys handles all our research requests via mail, e-mail, and walk-ins.  Marlys is also the head of our Genealogy Society group that meets at the Museum.

Contact Marlys with your research request

Network Managers: Stan Ehrke & Gary Tessmer

Stan Ehrke Network ManagerStan Ehrke




Gary Tessmer In-house Network ManagerGary Tessmer