The Board of Directors of the Steele County Historical Society is pleased to announce the hiring of James Lundgren, currently residing in Minneapolis, MN, as the Executive Director of the Society. James has made a career out of working for nonprofit organizations including several Minnesota county historical societies. James has built a reputation of improving organizations in many facets of operations.
James’ educational background includes a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota with a double major of American History and American Indian Studies. He also has a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Administration from Regis University, Denver, CO.
Previously he has worked as Interim Director at Grand Center for Arts & Culture, New Ulm; Director of Operations, National Museum of the Great Lakes, Toledo, OH; Executive Director, History Center of Olmsted County, Co-director of Finance and Operations, National Eagle Center, Wabasha, as well as serving as a consultant.
When not working in non-profits, James has two hobbies as a reenactor and road bicyclist. James works with historic sites all over the Midwest and the Southeast to plan and implement events related to the War of 1812 and American history from 1800 to the 1850s. As a road cyclist, James is active with a club based in Wabasha, MN that organizes local and regional rides and participates in RAGBRAI which is the annual bicycle ride across the state of Iowa.
James has a passion for non-profit management and local history, commenting that he is excited about working with the SCHS board and staff to develop its continued growth.