Like author Hamlin Garland, Kurt Meyer spent his boyhood years in Mitchell County, Iowa, where he now lives, the sixth generation of his family to do so. He serves as President of the Mitchell County Historical Society and as a board member of the Mitchell County Environmental Education Foundation, the Mitchell County Historical Preservation Association, the Iowa Barn Foundation, and of Bethany College (Kansas), where he chairs the Advancement Committee. He also chairs the Advocacy Committee of the Iowa Museum Association.
Meyer is a dedicated amateur historian, having delivered papers to historical and scholarly organizations in eight states. In addition to dozens of presentations to local community and service organizations, he has presented three times at the national conference of the American Literature Association (ALA) focused on Garland’s Iowa years, chaired the Garland ALA panel in 2007, and served as President of the Hamlin Garland Society, 2007-2008.
Professionally, for more than three decades, Meyer has been a consultant to non-profit organizations, assisting them with strategic planning, community relations, and fundraising. He is a graduate of Luther College, where he majored in History and Political Science; his graduate work in Public Administration was done at Penn State University in the 1980s. He and his wife, Paula, have three adult children.