Janet Timmerman, Secretary
Janet Timmerman has worked in the field of local history since graduating from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN in 1995. She holds a MA in history from Kansas State University in Manhattan, KS.
She grew up on horseback, riding the pastures of the family farm along Buffalo Ridge and listening to her dad tell stories from his childhood in southern Indiana. Throughout her career, Janet has had a special interest in local history, believing that all history is local and deserving of attention. Whether she was building new exhibits for the Pony Express Home Station Number One in Marysville, Kansas, accessioning artifacts for the Pipestone Historical Society, or as Executive Director of the History Center of Olmsted County in Rochester, MN, she helped save local history.
She is the co-editor and contributing writer for two books, “At the Headwaters: The 1992 Floods in Southwest Minnesota,” “Draining the Great Oasis: An Environmental History of Murray County,” and the author of two chapbooks published as part of the Rural and Regional Essay Series. Those titles are “Draining the Great Oasis: Reclaiming Agricultural Land in Murray County from 1910-1915,” and “Red Earth White Road.”
Janet now serves as the Murray County Museums Coordinator in Slayton, MN and manages the farm where she grew up. She has a husband, two sons, two grandsons and one granddaughter who are her most precious treasures.