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Carol Busman

By: Jennie Johnson, staff writer

July 4, 2007

Carol Busman 
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MURRAY COUNTY NEWS PHOTO/SUBMITTED
Carol Busman
   Bob Moline, right, Murray County Commissioner, presents Carol Busman with an autographed copy of the Murray  County Pictorial Book she helped author, signed by all of the commissioners, in appreciation for her years of service at the museum.
 
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MURRAY COUNTY NEWS PHOTO/SUBMITTED
Bob Moline, right, Murray County Commissioner, presents Carol Busman with an autographed copy of the Murray County Pictorial Book she helped author, signed by all of the commissioners, in appreciation for her years of service at the museum.
Retires from Murray County Historical Museum
For some, a career path is known from the minute they are born. Others try their hand at everything before choosing a career. Carol Busman is such a person. Before becoming director of the Murray County Museum ten years ago, Carol graduated from the University of Arizona, and worked as an agriculture missionary.

“When my husband and I moved back to Murray County, he jokingly told me I needed to get a job.” Carol answered an ad in the paper for summer assistants at the museum. “When Char Larson quit, I became director of the museum.” In her ten years as director, Carol has had many accomplishments for and with the museum. “I helped raise funds along with the Historical Society for the new machinery building, so the community wouldn’t have to have their taxes raised.” The Murray County Museum was also chosen by the Minnesota Humanities Commission to host the traveling exhibit “Key Ingredients,” from the Smithsonian Museum. Carol commented, “I had fun planning the activities and events that went with the exhibit.”

Many people may not know that Carol has a bachelors degree in botany, as well as a masters in international, rural, and community development. During her work as an agriculture missionary, Carol and her husband worked with local churches to help rural members improve agricultural practices. “ We helped people come up with the marketing skills to sell their agriculture products.” Carol traveled to places that include Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, Cambodia, the Netherlands, Thailand, and South Vietnam.

When asked what she will miss most about being director, Carol replied, “the open houses. They are a way for people from different communities to interact with each other. The museum becomes a gathering place for these interactions.” But Carol intends to keep very busy. “Maybe now I’ll have the time to do more traveling and volunteering.”


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