Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 as she talks with Travis Zimmerman and Shelly Foster about the prestigious Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post. Zimmerman and Foster have developed the museum and trading post into a highly desirable location on the southwest part of Mille Lacs in mid-Minnesota.
Zimmerman is the Site Manager of the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post and the Indian Affairs Liaison for the Minnesota Historical Society, where he has been employed for seven years. He has been involved with several American Indian nonprofits in Minnesota, serving as a staff member and board member of several organizations. In 2010, he completed a fellowship with the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums and in 2011 he participated in the Seminar for Historical Administration that is sponsored by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). Recently he participated in the Blandin Foundation’s Reservation Community Leadership program and currently is a member of the Programs Committee for the annual AASLH Conference.
Shelly Foster, is from the Red Cliff Band of Ojibwe and her mother is a member of the Mille Lacs Band. She has a degree from Stanford University with a background in education and retail. Shelly has been the Trading Post Supervisor for almost three years and is an artist who likes to do beadwork and work with fabric and textiles. Shelly has worked for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and previously owned her own retail operation.