March 7, 2020 – Newspapers Research Tips

Newspapers can be a goldmine of information for genealogists. Monta Lee Dakin, SGSC Program Chair and her husband, Steve Friesen, presented in-depth tips and recommendations for advancing your research with newspaper archives.

Monta Lee received her MA in American Studies and the Decorative Arts at George Washington University.  Before moving to Denver, she worked at Mount Vernon, Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of American History, Strawberry Banke History Museum in New Hampshire and Gadsby’s Tavern in Alexandria, Virginia. After moving to Denver, she was Executive Director of Colorado Preservation, Inc. a statewide historic preservation organization.  In 2017, Monta Lee retired as Executive Director of the Mountain-Plains Museums Association (a 10-state regional museum association). She currently serves as the SGSC Program Coordinator.

Steve received his MA in American Folk Culture from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. He was Director of the Kauffman Museum in Kansas; directed educational programs at the Littleton Historical Museum; Director of the 1719 Hans Herr House in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Superintendent of Museums for the City of Greeley, Director of the Molly Brown House and recently retired as Director of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave.  

Steve Friesen and Monta Lee Dakin are married and currently traveling, writing (Steve is working on his fourth book), doing genealogical research and providing museum consulting as Friesen-Dakin Museum Consulting.