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State Historical Society of North Dakota gains staff

BISMARCK -- The State Historical Society of North Dakota has a new architectural historian and will soon say good-bye to a longtime archivist.

In a third personnel change at the agency, a museum preparator for the state Heritage Center has accepted a job with the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

Lotte Bailey will retire Sept. 30 as deputy state archivist. She has worked at the agency since joining the staff as an archives specialist in 1987, and became deputy archivist in 1990. She was centrally involved in the development of the SHS's $5.7 million state archives addition that opened last November.

She is the second longtime archivist to retire from the SHS in less than a year.

Bailey's retirement comes on the heels of her former boss,' Gerald Newborg, who retired in November after holding the position since coming to the agency in 1981.

SHS spokesman Rick Collin said the losses of Newborg and Bailey are a manifestation of how many on the staff have lengthy tenure and are reaching retirement eligibility.

Ann B. Jenks was hired as state archivist in January.

The new architectural historian is Lorna Meidinger, who joined the staff this week. She had previously interned with the SHS. Meidinger has a bachelor's degree in public history from North Dakota State University and graduated in May with a master's degree in historic preservation from Colorado State University. She replaces Mary Kate Ryan, who left for a job at the New Hampshire Department of Historic Resources.

Adam Bradshaw, museum preparator for the Heritage Center for less than a year, resigned July 25 to join the Holocaust museum. Collin said Bradshaw told the SHS that his opportunities in North Dakota to work on several major new exhibits in the Heritage Center enabled him to get the Holocaust Museum job.

"So we really trained him well," Collin said.

Janell Cole works for Forum Communications Co., which owns The Dickinson Press.