The Nov. 16 meeting was Charles Romberg’s final meeting as president of the Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society Executive Board.

The Sleepy Eye Area Historical Society held their Annual Meeting, with dinner and a guest speaker, on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Railway Bar and Grill. The evening marked Charles Romberg’s final meeting as president of the executive board. “Mary Ann Trebesch and Judy Beech kept this group going for many years,” said Romberg, adding with a chuckle, “I think I kind of got railroaded into the position.” Romberg served as president since 2015.

Guest speaker at the meeting was Marnie Liest, former director at the Brown County Museum and now headed to a position with the Shawnee tribe in Oklahoma. Liest spoke of her experiences at the Alutiiq Museum (an accredited tribal museum) in Kodiak, Alaska. She said one of her personal interests on Kodiak Island was exploring remains of the World War II military base. During her work at the county museum she was surprised to learn that the New Ulm National Guard served on Kodiak during that war.

A brief business meeting was held following Liest’s presentation. Randy Krzmarzick was elected President; Judy Remus, Vice President; and Deb Moldaschel, Executive Board member.

Museum Director Deb Joramo said a $5,000 grant from the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation, to organize over 200 family scrapbooks and file servicemen enlistment photos, will allow the Depot Museum to remain open over the winter.