Beth Lyle is excited to dig in and get to work as the new director of the Carlton County Historical Society.

She began in mid-January after the previous director, Mark King, stepped down.

Lyle said her previous work experience is in marketing and communications. She plans to use that experience to help get stories out of the historical society building and into the public.

“I feel like a kid in a candy store,” Lyle said. “I love learning, and I am just soaking up the information.”

Carlton County Historical Society board president Ed Kavanaugh said several people applied for the position, but the board felt Lyle had the skills to help with grants and attracting more people to the organization.

"We are pleased with Beth," he said.

The historical society's current exhibits focus on barns of Carlton County and the fires of 1918.

This year marks the 100 year anniversary of the Shaw Library, and Lyle said she is working on ideas to celebrate the occasion.

Lyle encouraged anyone interested in local history to join the organization.

“Membership is a big part of what keeps us going,” Lyle said. She added that members do not need to live in the area to join.

Lyle also would like to grow the volunteer base. She said there are a variety of ways people can help, from dusting displays to helping at the information desk or helping with the newsletter.

“Carlton County has a rich history, and our purpose here is to collect, preserve and share that history,” she said.