Introducing MCHS’s New Executive Director: Mike Worcester!

The Morrison County Historical Society has hired its new executive director: Mike Worcester!

A native of Walker, Minnesota, Mike has lived in Morrison County since 2018. Prior to that he worked at the Cokato Museum & Akerlund Photo Studio in Cokato, Minnesota. He has a B.A. in History from Moorhead State University and an M.A. in Public History from St. Cloud State University. History and museums have been his passion since he first visited one as a kid, and he is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities facing MCHS.

While he does have outside interests, like many in the museum field, they generally involve history, including one about the twists and turns of the beer brewing industry in Minnesota, as evidenced by his master’s thesis, which was a corporate history of the former Grain Belt Brewing company. He is also finishing up a research project about County Option liquor laws in the state, another niche research interest.

Mike has worked with MCHS in the past, serving as a board member as well as an archival consultant helping us sort through some of our larger collections. We are so excited to have Mike working with us again.

His first day will be on May 11, 2022. Stop by and say hi!

2 Replies to “Introducing MCHS’s New Executive Director: Mike Worcester!”

  1. Any books that were published by Martin Ruahca
    of Polish families in area & in Poland?

    1. Albert- We do have the books published in German by Martin Richau in our collections. They include the families: Kolodziej, Klescz, Klich, Kosok, Mucha, Sosna, Kuznik, Kamla, Sollorz, Klescz, Posch, Gamroth, Prudlig, Jonientz, Kulig, Thomalla, Zuza, and Fautsch.

      If there is any information you’re interested in with those books in particular, we may be able to help you at the museum. If you’re not able to stop in person, we charge a research fee to do so for you, $25 per hour of research along with a small fee for copies and shipping. Feel free to email us at if that interests you and we’ll go from there!

      Grace Duxbury
      Museum Manager

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