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Nicole Webb, curator of collections at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, displays a double-walled silver water pitcher with goblets that is one of the pieces that will be in the museum’s sesquicentennial exhibit opening in April. The pitcher was given to former Missoula Fire Chief Robert S. Mentrum and his wife by city officials on June 13, 1889. Mentrum’s family donated it to the museum.

With the upcoming retirement of Robert Brown as executive director of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, the museum’s board of trustees has started a national search for his successor.

Three candidates will be coming to Missoula for for interviews. They are:

• Matthew Lautzenheiser of Ohio will be interviewed Tuesday, March 18. Lautzenheiser is currently the director at the Dover Historical Society, a Victorian house museum in Dover, Ohio. He is a graduate of Hiram College and has a master’s degree from the University of Akron, both in Ohio. He has also worked as a historian and historical interpreter at the Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio.

• Benjamin Clark will be interviewed Monday, March 24. He is the executive director of the MonDak Heritage Center in Sidney and vice president of the Museums Association of Montana. He previously served as curator of education at the Oklahoma Historical Society, and educator and curator at the Silent Wings Museum in Lubbock, Texas. Clark has a master’s degree in museum science from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, and an undergraduate degree from York College, Neb.

• Charlene Porsild will be interviewed Wednesday, March 26. She is currently the co-director and chief development officer for the Association for Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M. She has been the assistant director and associate research professor at the University of New Mexico, was the Research Center director at the Montana Historical Society in Helena, and assistant professor at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She has a doctorate in history from Carleton University and a master’s degree in history from L’Universite D’Ottawa, both in Ottawa, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton.

The board of trustees for the museum will have open meetings at noon and a public reception each evening from 5 to 6 p.m. to meet the candidates. Refreshments will be available.

Call 728-3476 for more information.

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