Rich Aarstad is the senior manuscript archivist at the Montana Historical Society where he has worked for the last sixteen years. He served as president of Local 4367 – Montana Federation of Historical Society Workers – “the best damn local in MFPE” – for eight years.
Rich joined the MEA-MFT board of directors in 2010 and was elected secretary treasurer in 2012, a position he held until 2016. In 2017, Rich ran to fill the remaining year of the vacant secretary treasurers position. Last spring he was elected the first treasurer of MFPE.
Rich is a native of Libby, MT and a graduate of the University of Montana where he received his BA and MA in history. He has been married to Kim for 28 years and they have one son and two granddaughters.