Katie Hutton

Katie Hutton rings a bell outside the Hay Lake School Museum in Scandia. Hutton is the new site manager at the site, also home to the Johannes Erickson Log House Museum.


The Washington County Historical Society last week announced it has hired Katie Hutton as the site manager of the Hay Lake School and Johannes Erickson Log House museums in Scandia.

Hutton, a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology, was an intern with the Historical Society in 2018 and was a part of the 150th Anniversary team for the Johannes Erickson log house last summer.

“Katie has vast knowledge of social media and has classroom experience,” said Brent Peterson, executive director of the Washington County Historical Society. “She also has worked as a team member in previous employment which is necessary in working at a historic site as the Hay Lake School Museum!”

Hutton will begin in mid April, preparing the historic sites to open for the season on Saturday, May 4. The museums are open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The annual Hay Lake Beer Tasting Fundraiser will be held Saturday, June 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. The museums are located at 14020 195th Street North.

For more information on the Hay Lake School and Johannes Erickson Log House museums you can call 651-433-4014 or visit www.wchsmn.org

Founded in 1934, the Washington County Historical Society is a donor-supported, nonprofit organization with more than 750 individual, family, and business members. WCHS is supported by individual gifts, memberships and earned income and foundation grants.

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