The Al Larvick North Dakota Grant applications will be reviewed by a regional committee, made up of a small group of individuals who either live in, or are from, communities in the state of North Dakota. The North Dakota Grant Committee offers grantee recommendations to the Fund's Board each year. The Board makes the final decision based on Committee recommendations. For more information on this process, please see Guidelines.
If you are originally from, and/or are a current resident of North Dakota and have interest in joining this committee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently living in Yakima, Washington, Larry grew up in North Dakota on the family farm near Valley City that his grandfather had homesteaded in 1884. After graduating from Valley City High School he attended the University of North Dakota, majoring in Journalism with a minor in Radio/Television. During Graduate School while working toward a Sociology major, Larry worked in the UND Bureau of News and Information. He eventually attended and graduated from US Navy Officer Candidate School and then served three years on the flagship and staff of ComSeventhFleet during the Viet Nam War. He was stationed at the Naval Communication Station at Stockton, CA., for his final two years primarily traveling and coordinating naval communication on the west coast. Upon returning to civilian life he was employed for eight years with The Packer, a national newspaper for the fruit and vegetable industry; and the Red Book, the credit rating service for that same industry. From 1968 to 2008 Larry was employed with various truck brokerage firms, retiring from C.H. Robinson Co. in August 2008.
Larry has always maintained a deep interest in the history and events of North Dakota. He has written a number of family and Barnes County community based stories as well compiling historical records and memories associated with 30 years of club and school volleyball coaching. Researching for those works and for several genealogical projects has impressed Larry with the value of saving as much film documentation of early North Dakota life as possible and the need to accomplish this quickly. He is a firm believer that the unique traits, values and activities of past North Dakotans deserve to be recognized and preserved for current and future generations.
After working in multiple areas of video production in Minneapolis for 10 years, Shari felt driven to produce a documentary about her mom for her family. When the project was complete, she was inspired to start her own business. In 2003, she created The Memory Preserve. Using her bachelor of science in Mass Communications, knowledge, experience, and passion for preserving stories, Shari started helping individuals and families preserve their history and memories on video.
Part of preserving memories and stories includes the ability to transfer film reels and multiple videotape formats to DVD and/or hard drive. Shari knows these videos are delicate treasures and treats them as such when they are in her care.
In addition, Shari's passion for telling stories and sharing information meets the challenge when producing thought-provoking marketing and promotional videos that stand the test of time.
Tamera currently resides in Fargo, ND with her husband James and two sons. She has lived in Fargo for more than twenty years graduating from Minnesota State University-Moorhead in 1994 with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree. After graduating she worked in various capacities as a technical illustrator, media assistant, and most importantly mother of her two children. With an interest in preserving her family’s old photos and home movies, she wanted to do the same for others. In 2009 she started her business, TK Design, with the mission to help other families’ retain their history’s (photos, slides, and film) by updating and enhancing old mediums to current standards. Tamera is honored to serve as a Committee member for the Al Larvick North Dakota Grant. With her service, she hopes to educate others on the importance of preserving home movies.
Gerald Newborg is Archivist Emeritus with the State Historical Society of North Dakota. He is retired after serving as State Archivist for 26 years. Gerald is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, with a history major. He has an M.A. in American History from the University of North Dakota, and an M.B.A. from Ohio State University.
As State Archivist, Gerald took a special interest in developing the moving image collections in the archives, securing grant funding to enhance the storage, preservation, and identification of the large and growing collection. As an emeritus staff member he has continued to work on identifying and selecting film and video for digitizing for exhibition and improved access.
Lindsay is a native of Fargo. After graduating from Shanley High School in 2008, she attended the University of Mary in Bismarck and earned a B.S. in Social and Behavioral Sciences with minors in History and American Indian Studies. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s of Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University.
In addition to graduate school, Lindsay works as an Archives Specialist at the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Her primary responsibility is curating the moving image collections. She processes, digitizes, and preserves moving image collections from the Society’s 3.5 million feet of film and thousands video tapes. One day, Lindsay hopes all the footage at the State Historical Society of North Dakota will be digitized for future North Dakota generations to see!
Suzanne Zimmerman's career in the customer service and sales industry has spanned over 30 years, which included operating her own franchise under the umbrella of a global corporation. She continues to enjoy interacting with people on a daily basis as part of her semiretirement work at a renowned jazz and performing arts venue. Suzanne grew up in the Sheyenne River Valley area of North Dakota. She spent most of her youth in Valley City, of Barnes County, where she graduated high school. During her childhood she also lived in Hastings and spent time in Fort Ransom, North Dakota, where her grandparents owned and operated the local general store, which today is the Ransom County Historical Museum. Suzanne remembers Al Larvick toting his 8mm film camera around town and at family events throughout his life. Experiencing how meaningful home movies have been to her and her family, she recognizes them to be important pieces of history to be saved and shared for generations to come. She is happy to serve as a Committee member for the Al Larvick North Dakota Grant.