Sentinel employees to share memories of Koerselmans at Plymouth County museum

Posted September 20, 2017 at 4:20 pm

Memories of a renowned photographer and editor will headline the program at the Plymouth County Historical Museum beginning at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24, in the Study Hall.

The lives of Dick and Glada Koerselman and the Koerselman Collection exhibited in the Museum Study Hall will headline the afternoon.

Several former employees of the Le Mars Daily Sentinel will share memories of working with the Koerselmans through the years.

The Museum opened the Koerselman exhibit in June during “Ice Cream Days” to mark the 30th anniversary of Dick Koerselman’s unexpected death at the age of 53. The exhibit will run through September.

Dick worked as a photographer, columnist, ad salesman, and job shop employee, overseeing printing projects. He left hundreds of black-and-white photos from Plymouth County; many are included in the Study Hall display.

His newspaper career began at the Boyden Reporter as a printer’s devil. He became a linotype operator there, and was the youngest newspaper editor in Iowa in 1955. He worked at the Shakopee Valley News in Minnesota in 1963 and at the Orange City Capital in 1964. He was employed at the Sentinel from 1957 through 1962 and from 1964 to 1987.

Glada (Reichert) Koerselman, who graduated from Le Mars High School in 1947, worked at the Le Mars Daily Sentinel from 1950 to 1986, where she was editor from 1958 to 1986. She was an award winning editor, columnist, and editorial writer.

The Koerselmans were married in 1969. They teamed up to produce two books about the Round Barn at the Plymouth County Fair.

The Koerselman Collection also includes many other historical topics, such as the Union Hotel, where Glada’s father, George Reichert, was hotel manager.

Anyone who would like to share a memory of the Koerselmans may do so at the open house, which will conclude with refreshments.

All five floors of the Museum will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Free will donations are welcome, but there is no admission charge. All five floors of the Museum are handicapped accessible and served by an elevator.

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