Jun 26, 2012

News: Heather Stecklein to bid farewell to Chicago in July

Important CAMA News: The Chicago Area Medical Archivists will be losing one of its long-standing members very soon.

Heather leads a tour of local medical archives during the Society of American Archivists conference, 2007
Heather Stecklein, MLS, MA, has served as archivist at Rush University Medical Center since 2005, but will be leaving Chicago in July. 

I would like to announce to CAMA that she has accepted a position as University Archivist at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Also, she will serve as a Director of the Wisconsin Historical Society's Area Research Center, managing the historic records of three local counties.

Heather's last day at the Rush Archives will be Friday, July 6, and she will be moving to Menomonie with her family soon after. 

Heather with the illustrious Studs Terkel, 2007
Heather has been actively involved in the Chicago Area Medical Archivists since she began her work at Rush. She served as CAMA Web Moderator from 2006 to 2007 and CAMA President from 2007 to 2009. Heather has been part of the Chicago Area Archivists Steering Committee for the past six years.

We all wish her well in her new position and new home. 

Sharing the history of Rush as part of tours of Rush's new Tower building, 2011
As for the Rush Archives, it will always soldier on. As assistant archivist at Rush, I am particularly grateful to Heather for all of the work she has done over the years. The many projects we have accomplished during our five years together would not have been possible without our sharing the Rush core values of Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, and Excellence. It takes a special camaraderie to not only survive, but thrive in a basement every day with one other person for so many years. We may not have had windows, but we had vision.

Nathalie Wheaton and Heather Stecklein: A force to be reckoned with...
- Good luck, Heather! -


  1. Thanks, Heather, for everything you've done for the Chicago archival community. It's been a great pleasure to work with you over the years. I'll miss your quiet (yet forceful) manner and great ideas.
    Janet Olson, Northwestern University Archives

  2. Congratulations, Heather, and remember to keep the public hsitory program updated!


    Pat Mooney-Melvin

  3. So, Heather, are CAMA members invited for a field trip to your new "archival digs"? Hopefully, you'll still get to "dabble" in the history of the health sciences.
    Happy summer and best wishes!
    Ramune K, Northwestern University, Galter Health Sciences Library

  4. Best wishes to you and the family, Heather. You've made your mark on Chicago. Enjoy Wisconsin!


  5. Heather:
    Continued success in the Wisconsin northwoods. You have meant a lot to this archival community and I know that you will have a great impact at UW-Stout.

    Mike Bullington

  6. Thanks for all your support of History Fair students, Heather. It was great to count you as a friend of the program--in the midst of demanding Rush work. Fortunately (or not) Wisconsin has a strong program so we hope that you'll keep inspiring and aiding young students as well as the university community. Best wishes! Lisa Oppenheim

  7. Heather,

    Thank you for your willingness to work with my Dominican students and providing them with the opportunity to gain valuable archival experience. Thank you for your presentation at the eChicago symposium at Dominican. It has been a pleasure getting to know you. Best wishes to you in your new job.

    Cecilia L. Salvatore

  8. Heather,

    I want to thank you for always making this unusal member of CAMA feel so welcome! I wiah you you all the best in your new job and I am glad you are staying in the midwest so at least we can catch up at MAC!

    Scott Grimwood, SSM Health Care

  9. Hale and farewell! and if you can, send us a post or two from your new situation. Meanwhile, we will appreciate the incredible work you did here for a long time.

    Very best wishes,
    Jeanie Child