After Executive Director Hayes Scriven announced he was departing to become the new executive director of the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center in Superior, Wis., the Northfield Historical Society had to name a interim replacement. They didn't have to look very far as they named Cathy Osterman to the interim executive director post.

According to the Northfield Historical Society release, the board will evaluate her performance later this year to determine whether her executive director status should be made permanent.

NHS Board of Directors President Greg Kneser said the board was glad to find a strong candidate from within the organization. She has been with NHS for five years, knows the community and the details of the operation of the building and the organization.

According to the release, she earned her bachelor's degree at Bemidji State University, where she majored in history and minored in social studies and anthropology. Osterman has worked and volunteered at a variety of historic sites in Minnesota, South Dakota and Wyoming. After working for the Minnesota Historical Society in its library and at the Alexander Ramsey House, she became curator at the Dakota City Heritage Village in Farmington.

In 2004 she became registrar of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum in Cheyenne, Wyo., where her duties included caring for the 75,000-item collection, forging donor relationships, assisting with exhibit development and program planning, and assisting with grant writing. She was named curator after two years and later worked for the state of Wyoming at the Historic Governors’ Mansion.

Osterman’s has had many duties at NHS, including updating the collections policy and creating a disaster response plan, supervising the cataloging of the city of Northfield collection, developing exhibits, managing local students in the SCOPE and Junior Curator programs, and creating an on-site program designed to meet social studies standards for third-graders.

Matt Addington nhs
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