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Minnesota Historical Society Oral History Project: Interview with David W. Nystuen
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: David W. Nystuen, Director of the Field Services Program of the Minnesota Historical Society, from 1972-2000. He was born in Albert Lea, Minnesota in 1938. He graduated from high school in Goodhue and received a degree in anthropology from the University of Minnesota in 1967. As a student, he worked with Eldon Johnson doing research. Nystuen was hired in by Alan Woolworth to work at the Society in 1968. He researched archealogical sites and ran the Highway Archealogy Program. As field services director, he led many Society sponsored trips, both locally and abroad, offered assistance to historical societies statewide, developed a database of highway markers and administered the markers grants program. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: June 15: Early years and education, early influences, how he came to work at the Society, first jobs - foundation of Alexander Ramsey carriage house, finding fur posts statewide, excavations at Fort Renville and Joseph Farr Brown House, Minnesota Woman Exhibit. Description of traveling around in 1960s, organization of Society. Work at Upper Sioux Agency, Lower Sioux Agency, and Jeffers Petroglyphs, Highway Archaeology Program. His orientation to Minnesota. His role in Society sponsored day trips from St. Paul, trips to Historic Site areas, and international tours. How he fulfilled the job of field services director differently than his predecessor - newsletter, making himself available to county and local historical societies. July11: Why he went out to help people rather than asking them to come to St. Paul, typical questions asked. Changes in numbers, needs, staffing, funding of local and county historical societies. Duplication of services, exhibits, sites at local level. August 1: Highway markers program, location and producer of markers, who puts them up, who writes text, frequency of repair, number of applications for new markers received, photographing markers for recordkeeping. Grants program - grants provided for markers, when program began, state matching funds, changes in use of grants program over years, benefit of program to MHS.
5 hours sound cassette
67 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
04:14:37 running time
Interviewee: Nystuen, David W.
Interviewer: Fogerty, James E.
Made in: Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Creation: 06/15/2000 - 08/01/2000 (Interviews conducted 6/15/2000, 7/11/2000 and 8/1/2000.)
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 82.1 (Library Call Number)
AV2001.99 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Historical Society Oral History Project'