After 38 years of working for Stearns History Museum, John Decker is transitioning into semi-retirement. Known for his wit and love of history, the Director of Archives has served thousands of people in the Research Center by sharing his exceptional knowledge of all things local. Some of John's favorite assignments include the bus tours and the Century Farm program, which he helped establish. He also serves as the Associate Editor of the Museum's publication, Crossings, and was instrumental in achieving the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) accreditation. In 2014, the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) presented John with an Award of Merit, the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.
When asked what has been his favorite part about working for Stearns History Museum, John replied, "The best part has been dealing with the members and public in general. I like seeing the regulars in here."
We tip our hats to you, John (aka Mr. Stearns County History), for all that you've done and helped SHM accomplish. We look forward to continuing this journey with you as you move into a part-time position in the Research Center.