Kate Sauers is our Executive Director. Anyone who talks to her can tell right away that she is a friendly, outgoing individual! Having worked in the non-profit sector for several years, she is passionate about connecting people with meaningful work, volunteer opportunities, and experiences. She enjoys meeting new people, planning events, and grant writing (for real!). After serving as an AmeriCorps member in the Twin Cities, she started an AmeriCorps program at College Bound-St. Louis, and helped the small non-profit more than double its staff in two years. Kate grew up outside of Mankato, MN and graduated from Southwest MN State University in Marshall. She enjoys running and swing dancing, and lives with her husband Rob in Hancock.
Hannah King is our Curator/Researcher. She is responsible for the care of the objects and materials in the SCHS collections, plans and installs new exhibits, and assists with research requests. She attended UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee, studying anthropology, history, folklore, and museums. Hannah grew up in Melrose, WI, a small town near Eau Claire. Though she has lived in large cities for the last 10 years, she is excited to return to small-town life.
Office and Program Coordinator
Lori Kurpiers is our Office and Program Coordinator. She will welcome you when you first arrive and help you connect to the resources you need. Just like her title sounds, she coordinates our programs such as the Horizontal Grandeur art exhibit and Hall of Honor events, as well as creates our newsletters. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris where her studies included speech communication and studio art. She is a fiber artist who enjoys knitting, crocheting, quilting, and bookmaking. She lives in Morris with her family.
We currently have 25 volunteers that do various tasks and jobs, from stuffing envelopes to recording donations and memorials to helping set up for an event or holiday to research to helping organize the archives. We also have a High Tea Committee that is a full volunteer committee for our various events; they help plan menus, prepare the food, serve the food and help with the cleanup. Our volunteers are vital to our day to day running!
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