Preserving, interpreting and sharing Talkeetna’s past, to enrich the present and inspire the future. The Talkeetna Historical Society preserves the character, stories, artifacts, and historic structures of our area. The general purpose is to collect, preserve, research, and interpret the heritage of Talkeetna, Alaska, and thereby to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of our communities history, art, and natural environment by all.
The Talkeetna Historical Society will be recognized as the leading voice in the preservation of Talkeetna’s history, natural environment and character.
Sue grew up in the midwest as a farm girl, ventured north to Minneapolis after graduating from college. She did an internship at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts working on 14th and 15th century tapestries. The project endeared her forever to history and museums. She moved to Alaska in 1991. After years working in Denali National Park and Antarctica, she moved to the sunny banana belt of Alaska—Talkeetna. She worked for KTNA, for Sunshine Transit and since December 2013, has been in her position at the Talkeetna Historical Society and Museum. She oversees museum operations and the care of the society’s six 100-year -old buildings and implements the mission and vision of the THS.
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Curator Collections and Exhibits Manager
currently on furlough due to covid19
The Curator of Collections and Exhibits Manager cares for the collections, manages conservation and develops exhibits inside the museum.
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Board of Directors
Sharon Montagnino, President
Paul Roderick, Vice President
Holly Stinson, Secretary
Katie Gilligan, Treasurer
Joellen Bye, Director
Autumn Merritt, Director
Debbie Reiswig, Director
Board members serve 3 year terms and a limit of 2 terms. The positions are staggered so 2 seats come available each fall. If you are interested in running for the board, there is an application and submit a letter of interest to email@example.com. The board concentrates on making policy, making sure the organization stays financially sound, does fundraising and marketing and oversees the work of the executive director. Current committees are: buildings; finance; marketing; fundraising; and the executive committee.