The Nicollet County Historical Society Board of Directors has hired a new director for the organization. Alyssa Auten will replace former director Ben Leonard, whose last day on the job was Friday. Auten will be coming to St. Peter from Taylors Falls, where she has served as the Historic Site Manager for the Folsom House. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies from the U of M as well as a Master’s degree in Conservation of Historic Buildings from the University of Bath in Bath, England. Auten will begin her duties with the Nicollet County Historical Society on January 21st.