Dustin Heckman, President
Dustin Heckman joined the MALHM board in 2012. He is currently the Executive Director of the Goodhue County Historical Society in Red Wing and has been part of Minnesota’s local history community for the past 10 years.
As a board member of MALHM, Dustin has served in the capacity of Minnesota History Awards Coordinator from 2014 to 2016 and as a representative to the Minnesota History Coalition from 2014 to 2016. He currently serves as a MALHM representative and Chair of the Legacy Strategic Agenda (LSA) Collaborative. Dustin has a strong passion for working to improve Minnesota’s local history community through collaborative efforts and networking. He enjoys meeting other local history enthusiasts and helping to connect people within the history community.
A self-proclaimed history geek, Dustin has found a way to incorporate two of his favorite things in his free time: history and baseball. Growing up, his favorite sport was baseball. His first job was a member of the grounds crew in his hometown of Truman for the local baseball fields. His first day was two weeks ahead of the 2000 American Legion Baseball State Tournament. This experience cemented his love of baseball.
After spending his college and post-college years watching the Minnesota Twins, he found a new outlet for his beloved sport. Dustin was introduced to vintage base ball (yes, the vintage game is spelled with two words) in the summer of 2012. Playing by 1860s rules has given him a new level of respect for the game and a desire to learn more about the sport’s early pioneers. Dustin’s enjoyment of vintage base ball is shared by his wife Lynn and daughter Nora, who come along to matches to see their base ball friends.