Matthew Lautzenheiser has been selected as the next executive director of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.

Lautzenheiser currently lives in northern Ohio, where for most of the past 10 years he has served as executive director of the Dover Historical Society. That organization operates the J.E. Reeves Home and Museum in a rural setting. The 17-room Victorian house is somewhat similar to Hamilton’s Daly Mansion and Kalispell’s Conrad Mansion.

Lautzenheiser also has worked as a museum historian in a living history setting at Ohio’s Hale Farm and Village. He holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Akron.

Lautzenheiser has a wife, Kelly, and two sons, Douglas, 10, and Benjamin, 8.

As a lifelong historian, Lautzenheiser is an avid reader. His chief outside interest is distance running, and he will be competing in the Boston Marathon later this spring.

Lautzenheiser’s selection by the Historical Museum’s board of trustees came after an extensive national search and lengthy screening process.

He will replace executive director Bob Brown. In Brown’s 23-year tenure, the museum grew in status and stature as a fully accredited institution.

Lautzenheiser will begin work at the museum on July 1. During the interim following Brown’s retirement in mid-April, museum assistant director Carolyn Thompson will serve as acting director.

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