The top newsmakers are, clockwise from top left, Mark Fritz, Doug Froke, Amy Degerstrom
, Brad Green and Erma Vizenor.
And though the previously mentioned four have made headlines due to the projects they have been involved with in 2013, it's Amy Degerstrom's
job to preserve those headlines for years to come.
As director of the Becker County Historical Society and Museum since 2010, Degerstrom has been working, and succeeding, at turning the image of the museum around after it floundered for a period of time.
In the last year or so, she
has secured the museum as a spot for traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian
("Why Treaties Matter"), the Minnesota Historical Society
("Minnesota on the Homefront," "Minnesota on the Map," ""Minnesota Disasters" and "Electrify Minnesota") and the Minnesota's Historic Northwest, which involves 12 counties including Becker and they produce their own traveling exhibits.
"Faith Matters" was one of those exhibits and featured many area churches, and "Inventors, Innovators and Entrepreneurs," which locally features Lakeshirts.
has also been working on outreach programs, whether it's in the schools, in communities throughout Becker County
or just inviting people into the museum for different programs like the Brown Bag Lunch, which takes place the second Wednesday of each month at noon.
"For me, I grew up in local history so it's been important to me for people to know their stories matter," Degerstrom
said of growing up in Ada, where he
mom worked at the local museum.
added that if people didn't tell their story, history would just be objects with no information behind them.
time at the Becker County Museum
has also worked on collection maintenance, which hadn't been organized in many years.
"I want to reacquaint people with the fact that their history matters and we find value in that story."
Degerstrom brings years of experience in history from her schooling to work done at Glensheen Mansion in Duluth to work at Cincinnati Museum Center in Ohio, where she lived for a period of time.
able to bring her
experience from those much larger institutions and apply them to this smaller museum.
works to diversify those coming through the door of the museum.
"History gets a bad rap sometimes," she
said of trying to make it more interesting for everyone.
said it's difficult for people to think about documenting what's going on now otherwise it will be forgotten history in time.
"It's not just long ago is history.
Their contemporary story is their history one day," she