Tuesday was Juli Hinson's first day on the job as administrative assistant for the Historical Society of Marshall County.
There was much to do, from becoming better acquainted with the society's museum collection to setting-up the Jean Seberg exhibit later in the day.
A film festival honoring the late actress and Marshalltown native is scheduled at the nearby Orpheum Theater Nov. 10 through 14 and the society is anxious to display its extensive collection.
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Juli Hinson of Marshalltown is shown Tuesday afternoon organizing her desk in her office at the Historical Society of Marshall County’s museum. Hinson is the new administrative assistant and replaced veteran Stephenie Stites, who moved to Missouri.
Hinson replaced Stephenie Stites, who resigned when her husband accepted an out-of-state employment opportunity.
Computer literacy, organizational management and public relations are all important skills needed to serve as administrative assistant for the busy organization, she said.
Knowledge of Marshall County history is a highly-ranked asset as well.
In addition to the museum, 202 E. Church St., the HSMC owns and operates the Glick-Sower Homestead, 201 E. State St. and the Taylor #4 School next to Glick-Sower.
"I wasn't as interested in history when I was in high school here," she said. "My interest has increased the older I become."
Hinson said she is looking forward to showing school groups and public the society's exhibits and properties.
A Marshalltown native, Hinson said her family moved to N.C. when she was in high school. She lived there a number of years and co-owned retail stores in Raleigh and Wilmington respectively.
That experience was invaluable.
"I learned much in dealing with the public in a retail store environment," she said.
Later, she was a stay-at-home mom for a time, she said, but was also involved with church and community projects.
Those initiatives kept her busy and contributed to her skill set, she said.
Hinson and her husband moved to Marshalltown in 2004.
She lives in Marshalltown with her husband and two children.
"We are pleased Julie has joined us as administrative assistant," said HSMC president Steve Sutherland. "Her knowledge of Marshall County plus business management were attributes we were looking for."