Museums Association of Montana

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Keith Patterson, Library Of Congress Director of Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region



Michelle Pearson, Master Educator with Library of Congress



Emma Selfors 

Emma Selfors is the Curator of Collections at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. With nine years of museum experience working with collections and curating exhibitions, she began her career in museums as a Collections Manager for a military aviation museum in Washington State. After receiving her Masters in Museum Studies she has since worked with a university special collections and archives, a maritime history museum, a textile mill history museum, and an Australian based exhibition design company. Emma continues building her experience and knowledge about the museum field by attending monthly workshops and webinars about collections management practices as well as conferences and trainings such as the Heritage Emergency and Response Training program directed by FEMA and HENTF. With a strong background in policy review, she has revised and updated many types of museum policies for various institutions including Collections Management policies, Thematic Exhibition policies, and Disaster and Emergency Response policies.

Sabre Moore

Sabre Moore is the Executive Director for the Carter County Museum in Ekalaka, MT, home of the Annual Dino Shindig. Her work focuses on developing collaborative partnerships for educational projects with Carter County Public Schools, Museum of the Rockies, Montana State Parks and Project Archaeology. Born and raised on a ranch in Wyoming, Sabre is intimately familiar with rural areas and her work with groups across Montana gives her a special insight into the ways museums can impact communities. She has worked at museums all over the world, including the Museum of Innocence in Istanbul, Turkey and serving as an intern for the Smithsonian Office of International Relations. She and her sister, Stirling Moore co-operate Moore and Moore Livestock, LLC, an agricultural business based out of Douglas, WY.  Sabre received a Bachelor's in History at Montana State University and a Master’s in Museum Studies and Nonprofit Management from Johns Hopkins University. She is currently a PhD student at Montana State University in American Studies with a research focus on rural museums and their contributions to community vitality. She serves on numerous boards throughout the state, including the Montana Governor's Tourism Advisory Council, Visit Southeast Montana, Museums Association of Montana and the Montana Chapter of the International Dark-Sky Association.

Cecelia Gavinsky, Collections Manager at Western Heritage Center 



Dave Strohmaier, Missoula County Commissioner 



Matt Lautzenheiser

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.

Lauren Hunley

Lauren E. Hunley has spent nearly 20 years in the museum field. Earning her Master of Arts in Learning & Visitor Services in Museums and Galleries through Leicester University in England, she’s worked for both small museums and national museum service organizations. She is the author of 101 Museum Programs on a Shoestring Budget and has presented at numerous museum conferences. She is currently the Community Historian at the Western Heritage Center in Billings, Montana, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Mountain-Plains Museums Association. Her recent projects include Conquering Diseases of the Past, Saints & Sinners: Women Breaking Tradition, and Healthcare on the Crow & Northern Cheyenne Reservations.

Ciara Ryan, Program Director, Foundation for Montana History

Zachary Coe, Community Outreach Manager, Foundation for Montana History



Fernanda Mora



Charlene Porsild, PhD

Charlene Porsild, is the President and CEO of Foundation for Montana History. A native of Canada’s Yukon, Charlene is an historian, author, administrator, and fundraiser with over 30 years of experience in higher education, museums, archives, and the nonprofit sector.  A former history professor and Fulbright Scholar, she holds degrees from the University of Alberta, the University of Ottawa, and Canada’s Carleton University.

Tate Jones, Executive Director, RMMMH

Kathy Barton


Amber Doyen, Executive Assistant to the Executive Director, Museum Manager


Candace Goodluck Museum and Gift Shop Assistant Manager, St. Labre


M. Lynn Barnes, Ph.D.


Dave Colamaria

Dave has a wealth of experience in both the history and data fields. He spent over a decade working for and partnered with the U.S. Navy's official history command, as a Photo Archivist and Digital Historian. He has experience working with physical collections, as well as building and maintaining online content management systems and websites for history organizations. He has a Master's Degree in History from George Mason University, as well as certification through the Western Archives Institute. The other focus of Dave's career has been data analysis, including work for the Montana Highway Patrol, Montana Department of Transportation, and a number of private sector companies. He is thrilled to join the Montana Memory Project in a position which will allow him to continue his dual focus on both history and data management.

Jennifer Birnel

Jennifer Birnel has a Masters of Education degree, a BS in Middle Grades Education, and BA in Organizational Communications. She taught middle school language arts and social studies for 12 years. She was hired by the State Library in 2011 as a technology trainer. In 2013 she became the Montana Memory Project Director for the Montana State Library.

The Montana Memory Project is a digital library of items related to Montana history and culture. In this role she oversees the ongoing implementation of this project including the addition of new collections, website design, and communication with the MMP membership. She recruits contributors and provides training.

Rich Aarstad, MHS Archives Specialist


Christine Brown, MHS Interpretive Historian



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