The Douglas County Historical Society is under new management and changing the way it operates.

Jon Winter is now the part-time business manager, according to board member Gary Androsky.

And the DCHS will operate under new hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

"This increases our hours open to the public from 24 hours per week to 26," Winter said. He said while the DCHS will now be closed Tuesday, adding Saturday and later evening hours is a good trade off for the public.

In addition to the new hours, the DCHS is bringing back a former monthly event and adding another one to welcome the public through its doors at 1101 John Ave.

On the third Saturday of each month January through April, and the second Saturday in May, the DCHS will host area crafters showing their creations for sale during a monthly craft fair.

Then, on the fourth Sunday of January through April and the third Sunday in May, DCHS will resurrect "History Sunday." The first program in January features Tony Dierckins, talking about his book on historic breweries of Duluth and Superior, Winter said.

Winter said the historical society will still do programs in the community.

"In the last four months, I've been the guest speaker at both the morning and noon Rotary Clubs," Winter said. "I've also had a booth at East End Days and North End Days to engage with the community.

Winter said the organization will still be involved with schools and senior living facilities, and staff and volunteers will continue to do research.

"Our first priority is always to provide a home for the collection while making it available to the public," Winter said.