Brian Horrigan moved to Minnesota in 1990 to work at the Minnesota Historical Society, where he remains as exhibit curator. In his 15 years at the Society he has curated exhibits on various subjects, including historic preservation, family history; Minnesota Territory, Charles Lindbergh, Split Rock Lighthouse, and forest history. Prior to moving here he was an exhibit developer and writer in Washington DC with the US Information Agency and the Smithsonian Institution. His first experience with historic preservation issues came while an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, and later in graduate school, in architectural history at the University of California at Berkeley. He and his family live in the Summit Hill neighborhood of St. Paul, and have been active from time to time with the neighborhood association and with local politics.