The Lake County Historical Society has three fulltime staff people supported by seasonal employees and community volunteers. The staff is responsible for the business of the Society including operations of the museums, the gift shops, the Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast, maintenace and repair of all buildings and grounds, archive management, research assistance and museum exhibit design.

Historical Society Manager: Ellen Lynch
Managing Innkeeper: MeLisa Swanson
Museum & Gift Shop Manager / Archivist: Kim Gangi


Employment Opportunities

Collections Assistant (Contract: 2,000 hours)

The Lake County Historical Society seeks 2 full-time contract collections assistants to inventory the institution’s 3D artifact collections. Responsibilities will include data entry, photographing objects, and handling artifacts.

This grant project is funded from the Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants       Program through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Salary: $18/hour, non-benefit earning (2,000 hour project)

Reports to: Executive Director

Essential Job Functions

  • Recording location, measurements, brief description, and condition of each artifact
  • Photograph artifacts and perform basic editing
  • Data entry of recorded information into PastPerfect software and updating existing metadata


  • Minimum of 2 years museum collections experience (may include paid AND unpaid  experience)
  • Bachelors (M.A. preferred) in History, Library Information Service, Anthropology,  Museum Studies, or related field
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience with using PastPerfect 5 software
  • Experience with photography equipment
  • Strong organizational skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively in a team setting
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and climb/descend 2 flights of stairs multiple times per day
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds

The above statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of the position. Rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Employment will commence upon hiring and continue until project end date. Ideal start date is on or before February 28th.  

To apply submit a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 professional references via mail or  e-mail: Lake County Historical Society attn.: Ellen Lynch, PO Box 128 Two Harbors, MN or