Waarvik named Iron County Museum Director
CASPIAN—The Iron County Historical Museum heralded in a change of leadership June 25 with the hiring of Glen Waarvik as its new executive director of the organization, now in its 50th year.
“The Board of Trustees of the Iron County Historical Museum and loyal volunteers are pleased to have hired someone with the background and passion for preserving our county’s history,” said Maggie Scheffer, board president. “Glen was initially hired in April to a part-time position, managing the museum’s extensive collection of artifacts and archives. When the director position became vacant in mid-May, he began to assist with more of the museum’s operational responsibilities. In the interim, his skills and knowledge were proven to be a good match for the position of director.”
Waarvik moved to Iron County with his wife, Rebecca, and four children in 2011. Previously he lived in Tennessee and studied public history with an emphasis in museum management, economics and electronic media at Middle Tennessee State University. Since establishing residence in Iron County, Waarvik has actively served in the community with other groups as well as with the local government. He created The Bearded Apple; a nonprofit cooperative serving as an incubator for small businesses in the community.
“I believe that together as a community we can thrive again,” Waarvik said. “It will take cooperation and respect, two keys that helped build this county almost 150 years ago. This county has played a pivotal role in this nation’s history and has the potential to impact the region again.”
Besides the position of director, the museum currently employs a part-time maintenance person and a summer employee, Scheffer said. Candidates are being sought for a part-time office manager.
These positions are made possible with funding from the museum’s endowment board. The operation and maintenance of the Iron County Historical Museum exhibits, buildings and programs are funded through donations, guest admissions, membership fees and grants. The ICHMS does not receive funding through federal, state or local governmental units.
“Visitors, whether from the area or passing through, consistently remark on the wealth of content available at our museum,” Scheffer said. “With Glen’s leadership and expertise, we are optimistic about taking the Iron County Historical Museum to a higher level as we enter the next 50-year era.”
“Iron County Historical Museum and Society was founded on respect for the past and cooperation of many great volunteers,” Waarvik added. “As we look to the future, we are not looking to reinvent the wheel. We will need the dedication of both our current volunteers and future volunteers to take us into the next 50 years.”