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Employment Opportunity: Veterans Memorial Hall Program Assistant

The VMH Program Assistant works with the Collections Manager/Exhibits Curator.  The essential duties of this position involve: creating an interviewee pool and coordinating volunteers, along with transcribing and processing oral histories for placement in the Albert J. Amatuzio Research Center and online. The hiring wage range is $12 - $13.00 for 18 hours per week.  There are no benefits and no paid time off for this position.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.   See below for a list of complete job duties or select duties.


Please forward a resume with cover letter to the Executive Director, JoAnne Coombe at or contact the Director to answer any questions at 218.733.7581. Applicants may also drop off a resume and cover letter at the Society’s offices in the Depot, 506 West Michigan Street, Duluth, Minnesota.

St. Louis County Historical Society

Job Description

Position Title: VMH Program Assistant

Reports To: Collections Manager/Exhibits Curator


Valid as of: February 2017

    ¨   Full-Time       X Part-Time/18 hours/week                 Salary: $12.00- $13.00/hourly    




The essential duties of this position involve: transcribing oral histories, first processing them in the formats received from the interviewers and after transcription is completed; correctly processing them for placement in the Albert J. Amatuzio Research Center and online through the Veterans Memorial Hall website; coordinates oral history volunteers and interview prospects; monitors the VMH website.




¨  Cooperate and work closely with the Collections Manager/Exhibits Curator to ensure a smooth transition of transcripts to archives. 


¨  Collaborate with the Veterans Memorial Hall contacted Oral History Program Coordinator to receive the oral histories in their original format and transfer them to the transcription program.


¨  Transcribe all Veterans Memorial Hall oral history interviews and correct (audit-edit) them after each round of the proofreading/editing process.


¨  Enter veterans’ stories into the VMH website ( and the VMH filing system.  This includes retyping/entering all stories found in obituaries in the local newspapers, transcribing/entering audio and video interviews, and entering stories derived from any other source. Use of Chicago Manual of Style is required.


¨  Collaborate with the contracted proofreader who will proofread/edit the transcriptions to complete the process.


¨  Collaborate with the contracted Oral History Program Coordinator and the Society’s Collections Manager/Exhibit Curator to get the transcribed oral histories into the Albert J. Amatuzio Research Center and onto the VMH website.


¨  Create an interviewer pool. Recruit volunteer oral history interviewers and record their names and contact information, schedule and track their training, track their progress, and compile completion statistics annually.


¨  Links volunteer oral history interviewers to oral history prospects. Track this process.


¨  Maintains contact with interviewee to ensure accuracy of the transcript.


¨  Serve as the email/phone contact person in the VMH office.


¨  Monitor VMH website and report problems to contracted website manager.


¨  Manage the oral history recording equipment, including keeping it operational for interviewers to use and checking the equipment in and out.


¨  Review information on the Interviewed Veterans spreadsheet, check for accuracy, make corrections to bring the spreadsheet up to archival/oral history standards. Keep spreadsheet current by adding information as new interviews are completed.


¨  Perform other duties related to the VMH Oral History Program as assigned by the Executive Director.









  • Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of database, spreadsheet, word processing, desktop publishing, and website computer software.
  • An ability to efficiently and accurately transcribe oral history interviews from audio and video recordings, using the Baylor University Institute for Oral History Transcribing Guide.
  • An interest in US military veterans’ history.
  • An understanding of archival processing.
  • General knowledge of world events and geography and ability to seek out further information, when required, to make sense of the recordings when transcribed.



VMH 5K Fun Run/Walk

The 2017 VMH 5K Fun Run/Walk is on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The race begins at 9 AM at the Other Place Bar & Grill, 3930 East Calvary Road, Duluth, Minnesota.


To view and print the race application click VMH 5K.

You may also apply now online at

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Ballet Exhibit - Now Open!

"Once upon a Ballet" features costumes and props from Minnesota Ballet official productions of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and 1997-2008 The Nutcracker.

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In a partnership with the St. Louis County Historical Society - Veterans Memorial Hall, the USS Duluth Crewmembers Association is pleased to offer commemorative engraved bricks for purchase.

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Father baraga imageFather Baraga's Miraculous Landing at Cross River 1846

Limited-edition print now only $50.00 + tax (previously $75)

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Volunteer Gallery Attendants Needed

The St. Louis County Historical Society is seeking volunteer gallery attendants for its Lake Superior Ojibwe Gallery.


Training will be provided.  We seek volunteers for all days.

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