Meinert retiring, Kristi Scott selected as new director at The History Museum

Jim Meinert is retiring after serving as director of The History Museum for the last nine years.

Kristi Scott has been hired as the new director and she begins work at the museum March 18.

“Her appointment to this position was an outstanding choice by the museum’s board of directors,” Meinert said in a release.

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Kristi Scott, courtesy The History Museum

Scott served as curator of art for Paris Gibson Square Museum for the last five years and before that as development director for the Ursuline Historical Foundation.

She’s a graduate of C.M. Russell High School in Great Falls and earned an undergraduate degree in anthropology and a graduate degree in Native American studies from Montana State University. Her master’s thesis was based upon her work at the Smithsonian Institute in Museum Anthropology.

“I am excited and honored to serve as the director of The History Museum, continuing its role as the ‘People’s Museum’ and strengthening our role in contemporary culture,” Scott said in a release. “History plays an important part within any community and we are so fortunate that ours is rich with local and national significance.”