St Peter, MN   |
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EIN: 41-0871254


NCHS gathers, preserves, and shares the varied history of the people, places, and events that have shaped Nicollet County.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Jessica Becker

Main address

1851 N. Minnesota Ave

St Peter, MN 56082 USA

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Subject area info

History museums

Historical activities

Historic preservation

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Documentary Film Series

Annually for the past eight years the Nicollet County Historical Society partners with St. Peter Community and Family Education to present a monthly documentary film series on a variety of educational topics. Topics range from education to local farming to climate change and more. They’re shown every month from September through May at the Treaty Site History Center. We do not charge admission for this series.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Journey back more than 160 years to meet some of the pioneer citizens of Traverse des Sioux. On a lantern-guided walk of the old townsite, meet spirits along the way, telling stories about their lives and experiences at this place.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


Award of Excellence 2010

American Association for State and Local History


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9.97 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 19% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of NICOLLET COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $18,517 $44,817 $113,486 $22,673 $13,798
As % of expenses 8.3% 21.9% 48.6% 13.1% 7.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$45,251 -$20,472 $48,844 -$41,666 -$49,833
As % of expenses -15.8% -7.6% 16.4% -17.5% -19.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $215,409 $255,607 $335,915 $239,739 $215,560
Total revenue, % change over prior year -33.6% 18.7% 31.4% -28.6% -10.1%
Program services revenue 22.2% 17.3% 12.9% 7.8% 8.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.5% 1.6% 1.3% 1.7% 2.7%
Government grants 49.4% 42.5% 33.0% 47.1% 66.2%
All other grants and contributions 21.0% 35.6% 50.5% 43.2% 20.4%
Other revenue 5.9% 3.0% 2.4% 0.2% 1.9%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $222,441 $204,441 $233,703 $173,254 $197,400
Total expenses, % change over prior year -26.1% -8.1% 14.3% -25.9% 13.9%
Personnel 63.4% 63.7% 60.6% 61.3% 49.4%
Professional fees 0.6% 3.3% 2.1% 4.2% 10.6%
Occupancy 17.1% 13.7% 14.3% 14.5% 11.2%
Interest 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 18.8% 19.3% 23.0% 20.0% 28.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $286,209 $269,730 $298,345 $237,593 $261,031
One month of savings $18,537 $17,037 $19,475 $14,438 $16,450
Debt principal payment $6,262 $5,404 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $311,008 $292,171 $317,820 $252,031 $277,481

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 1.4 3.7 7.9 16.6 15.0
Months of cash and investments 5.9 8.3 13.2 24.3 23.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.6 8.4 13.2 19.4 17.3
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $25,907 $63,506 $153,684 $239,661 $246,803
Investments $82,881 $78,741 $102,848 $111,813 $131,148
Receivables $469 $0 $143 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,214,068 $2,214,068 $2,214,068 $2,214,068 $2,223,651
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 54.5% 57.5% 60.4% 63.3% 65.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.6% 1.0% 1.0% 2.9% 3.2%
Unrestricted net assets $1,105,278 $1,084,806 $1,133,650 $1,091,984 $1,042,151
Temporarily restricted net assets $4,206 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $4,206 $0 $0 $50,000 $69,809
Total net assets $1,109,484 $1,084,806 $1,133,650 $1,141,984 $1,111,960

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Jessica Becker

Becker is a native of southern Minnesota. She grew up on her family's hobby farm south of Madelia, MN. She excelled in academics and her extracurricular activities included music, theater, Forensics, and her church youth group. Becker is a 2009 graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. She interned and volunteered at the Watonwan County Historical Society in Madelia, Minnesota while in college. She also holds an Associate of Applied Science degree from Rasmussen College, Mankato in Paralegal Studies. Becker is not a new face to the Nicollet County Historical Society and brings nearly 8 years of experience with NCHS to the position. Previously she served as Site Manager for the Treaty Site History Center, as well as the E. St. Julien Cox House, and the Minnesota Historical Society's Traverse des Sioux Historic Site. She also has worked extensively with artifact collections at NCHS since her hiring in May 2009.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/02/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Kate Martens

Joe Metzen

Loren Sundboom

Robert Sandeen

Ray Jacobson

Tami Skinner

Eric Annexstad

John Chamberlain

Alma Forst

Dave Johnson

Dennis Schmidt

Jon Smithers

Ken Rossow

Dana Melius

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/20/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/20/2022

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  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.