James Austin Hanson
James Austin Hanson, museum director, state agency administrator. Recipient Distinguished Service award Museum of Fur Trade, 1974; Smithsonian Institute grantee, 1971, National Museum Act grantee, 1973. Member Explorer's Club. Lodges: Rotary (Four Way Test award 1965), Masons.
Hanson, James Austin was born on July 5, 1947 in Haigler, Nebraska, United States. Son of Charles Easton and Eva Marie (Phillips) Hanson.
Bachelor of Science in Education, Chadron State College, Nebraska, 1969. Master of Education, Chadron State College, Nebraska, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy, University Wyoming, 1973.
Consultant Wyoming State Museum, Cheyenne, 1970-1973. Director Panhandle-Plains Museum, Canyon, Texas, 1974-1976. Program coordinator Smithsonian Institute, Washington, 1976-1981.
President Austinia, Ltd., Chadron, 1981-1985. Director Nebraska State History Society, Lincoln, since 1985.
Contributor articles to professional journals.
Member Explorer's Club. Lodges: Rotary (Four Way Test award 1965), Masons.