IHRS Board of directors

Board of Directors

The Iron Range Historical Society is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors, which includes the executive officers. The Board of Directors are nominated and elected at the Iron Range Historical Society Annual Meeting. Officers are elected by the Board of Directors at the first regular meeting of the year. Members of the Iron Range Historical Society are eligible for nomination and election to the Board providing they place the welfare of the Society above personal gain, support the goals of the Society and are a paying dues member 30 days prior to the date of election. Members of the Board of Directors are elected to staggered terms. Meetings of the Board of Directors occur on the second Monday of the month at the Gilbert Senior Citizens Center in the new Gilbert City Hall. Board members are responsible to attend at least four meetings per year, which includes the Annual Meeting. Please contact us if you are a member interested in serving on the Board of Directors; we are always looking for individuals with a fresh perspective and vision for the future of the Iron Range Historical Society. The current Iron Range Historical Society Board of Directors are (top to bottom, left to right):

JOAN R. HOLMES (Ex-Officio Member, Senior Advisor)
Joan Holmes is a lifelong resident of the Mesabi Iron Range. A previous resident of the Belgrade location near Biwabik, Minnesota, Ms. Holmes currently resides in Aurora. An administrative assistant, Joan has been a member of the Iron Range Historical Society since 1999.

AUDREY F. SURLA (Board Member)
A resident of Eveleth, Minnesota, Ms. Surla has been a member of the Iron Range Historical Society since 2001 and is a former employee of the Arrow Shirt Company.

JAMES A. KORPI (Board Member)
Jim Korpi is a former shop electrician for the U.S. Steel Minntac Plant in Mountain Iron, Minnesota. A resident of the unincorporated community of Lakeland, Minnesota (near Biwabik), Mr. Korpi has been a member of the Iron Range Historical Society since 1996 and is the author of our 2012 book Historic Commercial and Emergency Vehicles .

MARIAN C. DIRKS (Board Member)
Marian Dirks, a former medical technologist from Duluth, Minnesota, has been a member of the Iron Range Historical Society since 1985. Marian has family ties to the Sparta location near Gilbert, Minnesota.

PALMA A. VOSS (Board Member)
Palma Voss is a former apparel arts instructor at Hibbing Technical College in Hibbing, Minnesota. A previous resident of Fayal Township, Ms. Voss now lives in Eveleth, Minnesota, and has been a member of the Iron Range Historical Society since 1994.

ROBERT A. KIVELA (Executive Board)
Robert Kivela is one of the founding members of the Iron Range Historical Society in 1973. The current President of the Iron Range Historical Society, Mr. Kivela is a resident of Eveleth, Minnesota and the former city assessor for Eveleth.

GREGORY S. GLAVAN (Executive Board)
Vice-President of the Iron Range Historical Society Greg Glavan, a dentist from Delano, Minnesota, has been involved with the Iron Range Historical Society since 1982, when he did a research paper on Iron Range Ghost Towns for Freshman Composition at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Glavan has family ties to Aurora, Minnesota.

KATHLEEN M. BERGAN (Board member)
Kathy Bergan has been the volunteer curator of the Iron Range Historical Society since 1986. If there’s anything you need to know, she’s the lady to ask. Kathy has helped to catalog all of the pictures, artwork, and huge variety of artifacts that have been donated to the museum.  Ms. Bergan is a resident of Biwabik, Minnesota, and a former math teacher for the Gilbert School District and substitute teacher for the Biwabik (Mesabi East) School District.

ROBERT P. HEDLUND (Executive Board)
Robert Hedlund, a native of Eveleth, Minnesota, is currently the Treasurer of the Iron Range Historical Society. A former manager for Unisys Corporation, Mr. Hedlund has been a member of the Iron Range Historical Society since 1993.

MICHELE LAMMI (Executive Board, Not Pictured)
Secretary Shelly Lammi is a resident of Aurora, Minnesota, and a librarian at the Hoyt Lakes Public Library. Previously, Mrs. Lammi taught social studies and financial literacy in southern Minnesota. She is originally from Ely, Minnesota. She has been a member of the Iron Range Historical Society since 2013.

NANCY BERGMAN (Board Member, Not Pictured)
Nancy Bergman was employed as an office manager and bookkeeper for 35 years in Duluth, Virginia and Eveleth, Minnesota. Nancy's passion is geneology. She compiled a family history book of her family with a family tree of 70,000 people! She has been a member of the Iron Range Historical Society since 2003 and makes her home in the unincorporated community of Lakeland, Minnesota (near Biwabik).