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Q & A with Steve


Q & A with Head Archivist, Steve Penick

Known for his dry humor and dynamite breakfast clubs, Steve Penick returned to the Museum in September 2014 after spending three years working as a consultant. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field, specializing in local and state history. Steve was the SHM Collections Curator for 17 years, Program Director for two years and Archivist for one year, before being promoted to Head Archivist in September 2015. Hear more from Steve in his Q & A below.

Q: What do you like best about Stearns History Museum?
A: One of the things I like best about the Museum is helping people make connections - from family searches to understanding their place in the world. This broad spectrum is rewarding, challenging, frustrating and fun. People use the Research Center for many reasons. Most have a purpose to find something; I like to assist them in achieving their goals. I am also amazed about the different age groups that visit -- young, old and everything in between.

Q: What originally attracted you to history?
A: My Dad was big into history. As a family, we would always stop and visit those roadside historical markers on our travels around Minnesota and beyond. He loved it. He also liked museums, antiques and just old stuff. In eighth grade, I had a teacher that encouraged me to question everything, such as how did this happen, what influenced that event or how a community formed. It was a huge influence. Maybe the combination of family and education inspired me to enter the field.

Q: What do you like to do for fun?
A: I like to spend time with my family, golf, garden, outdoor recreation, bike, read, research, write and vacation. We can't wait to visit Germany. Too many activities and not enough time!


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