“I”m the sort of person who, when I get in a car, has to try out all the buttons to see how everything works. You can’t let that computer screen scare you. You have to just find your way back.”
When the museum was being remodeled several years ago, Dalager not only helped set up new displays, she suggested some.
“I thought we should have a sitting area,” she said. “When we went through all the town displays, Carl gave me carte blanche to rearrange everything. I got to go through all the old stuff, and it was really exciting.”
Dalager is also responsible for the Renville County Historical Society’s newsletter, and sending cards and mailings to the society’s 500 or so members spread out all across the United States.
When people donate papers and artifacts to the museum, it’s Dalager who draws up the paperwork and files the items away.
What is Dalager’s favorite part of working at the museum?
“The change. You’re always doing something new. As you get older, you have to keep forging ahead and not get into a rut where you’re too comfortable. if you’re comfortable there, shake yourself up — otherwise you’ll die there.”