Winona historical society names new leader

Winona Historical Society Executive Director Carrie Johnson
Carrie Johnson

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) — The Winona County Historical Society Monday announced that it will welcome Carrie Johnson to the executive director position Nov. 1.

Johnson, originally from Sauk Centre, Minn., has been director at the Cook County Historical Society, headquartered in Grand Marais, for 12 years. She holds an masters in applied anthropology from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Johnson loves the outdoors, kayaking, gardening and hiking.

While at Cook County Historical Society, Johnson increased the annual operating budget from $35,000 to $180,000. She unified the organization’s five historic sites by connecting their stories and averaged $70,000 in grant projects annually. She is excited to bring her successful skills and passion for local history to Winona County.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve Winona County. I love stories from the past and helping people today share their own stories for future generations,” Johnson said.

The Search Committee narrowed the field from 24 applicants under the direction of chair Diane Dingfelder. Also serving on the committee was Mike Bernatz, Brian Voerding, Erich Lippman, Laurie Lucas, Deb Beckman, Mary Alice Anderson, and Mark Peterson. Many candidates were from the Midwest, but also some from the east coast and Texas.

Learn more about the Winona County Historical Society at winonahistory.org. The Winona County History Center is currently open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is $5 adults, $3 students and free for youth 7 and under and WCHS members.