Matt Lautzenheiser is a native of Ohio, growing up in the small town of Dover about 85 miles south of Cleveland. He attended Hiram College earning a B.A. in History and the University of Akron where he earned his Master’s Degree also in History. Following completion of his M.A. at Akron, he was hired as the Site Historian at Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio. Hale Farm and Village is a living history site that is part of the larger Western Reserve Historical Society centered in Cleveland, Ohio.
In 2005, Lautzenheiser was hired as the Executive Director at the Dover Historical Society. The Dover Historical Society operates the J.E. Reeves Victorian Home. The museum interprets the home, Reeves family, and local history of rural Tuscarawas County, Ohio.
In 2014, Lautzenheiser moved to Missoula, MT where he became the Executive Director of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. The Historical Museum interprets the history of Missoula County, the forest products industry, Fort Missoula, and the Alien Detention Center that once held over 2000 foreign nationals during WWII. The museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums, one of only six museums in the state of Montana with this distinction.
Outside of his museum work, Lautzenheiser is an avid reader, and has published three books on local history. They are; Images of America: Dover and Legendary Locals of Dover with Arcadia Press and The Dover-Phila Football Rivalry: A Tradition Shared Through its Greatest Games with the History Press.
Matt is an avid runner and has completed the Boston Marathon twice. He lives in Missoula with his wife Kelly and two boys, Douglas and Benjamin.