Lake County Historical Society - Staff

Museums | Research | Programs

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.

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




lighthouse b&b innkeeper

Part-Time: 10-30 Hours per Week

Wage: $15 per hour

Work at the historic Two Harbors lighthouse as a B&B innkeeper! The Innkeeper welcomes guests to the Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast by offering insights into local events and providing a brief history of the lighthouse. The innkeeper is also tasked with cleaning the lighthouse quarters, preparing breakfast for the guests, and laundering linens. Applicants must be able to negotiate stairs several times each day. Work schedule may include holidays and weekend shifts.


  • Ability to lift & carry up to 45 pounds
  • Ability to negotiate stairs multiple times each day
  • Have good verbal & written communication skills
  • Ability to follow recipes, cook, & bake
  • Have interest in local & regional history
  • Reliable mode of transportation & phone
  •  Ability to multi-task and have good time management skills
  • Welcome & assist guests to the Bed & Breakfast
  • Complete check-in & check-out procedures for reservations
  • Provide information on lighthouse, local history, & activities in the area
  • Prepare, cook, & serve breakfast and baked goods for the guests
  • Prepare linens & supplies for the following day
  • Clean & maintain organization of Bed & Breakfast 
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Support Lighthouse B&B activities& other duties as assigned

Visitor services assistant

Part-Time: Up to 32 Hours per Week

Wage: $13 per hour

Looking for a summer job that offers variety? Work as a visitor services assistant at the Lake County Historical Society! The Society operates 3 historic sites in Two Harbors: the Lighthouse, Depot, and 3M Birthplace Museums.  Visitor services assistants welcome guests to the museums, provide a brief history Lake County, provide information about area events, and sell merchandise in the store. Schedules may include work at all three historic sites, typically between the hours of 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM. Museum clerks are anticipated to work every other weekend. 


  • Interest in working with people
  • Ability to operate cash register, count, and give correct change to customers
  • Ability to speak clearly to small groups
  • Interest in local history
  • Operate electronic cash register & credit card machine
  • Greet & assist customers to museum & store
  • Provide general information on local & regional history
  • Assist with maintaining the appearance of the store including replacing sold merchandise from inventory when possible
  • Other duties as assigned
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