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Rickers named NCHS executive director

WORTHINGTON -- The Nobles County Historical Society has selected Beth Rickers as its executive director..

Rickers, who has lived in Nobles County for most of her life, was employed for many years as the lifestyles/features editor and later assistant editor at the Daily Globe newspaper in Worthington. Most recently, she has worked as a paraprofessional for Worthington’s School District 518. She and her husband, Bryan Namanny, reside in Worthington.

“My career has always been community-focused,” said Rickers, “so when the opportunity came to apply for the NCHS position, I thought it was a good venue in which to continue that focus.

"I am fascinated by our area history — especially the ‘story’ part of history — and how it continues to affect our lives today. We are all a part of the story, a part of that history, just by living here. Local history is our story.”

Rickers is particularly enthusiastic about the prospect of a new historical museum, proposed for the Worthington Armory building, and being in on the ground floor of the planning and execution of that project.

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“We are excited to have Beth come aboard as we look toward this new era for the historical society,” said Art Frame, NCHS president. “Having a person at the helm who has a knowledge of the area and its people is important as we prepare for this museum project.”

Existing NCHS endeavors also need Rickers’ attention, including the Pioneer Village site, which is undergoing some reorganization but continues to be a priority for the NCHS board.

“Pioneer Village is one of Nobles County’s tourism jewels,” noted Rickers. “It draws many visitors, tours and school groups each year and offers a glimpse into how previous generations lived here on the prairie. It’s important that we get that running at its full potential.”

Other areas of focus for Rickers will be the NCHS social media presence, public relations, programming, fundraising, membership development and volunteer recruitment. She especially encourages anyone with an interest in the area and its history to consider one of the many NCHS volunteer opportunities.

“The NCHS is a non-profit organization, and as such, relies heavily on volunteers to function,” said Rickers. “There are exciting things ahead for the historical society, and I would love to see more volunteers get involved and help preserve the past for the future.”

Anyone interested in learning more about NCHS volunteer opportunities can contact Rickers at 376-4431 or email bethrickers.nchs@gmail.com.

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