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Wilson Edward O'Donnell

Wilson Edward O'Donnell, museum director. Member Monmouth County Heritage Committee, Freehold, New Jersey, 1982-1987; active Mountains to Sound, Greenway Trust. Member American Association Museum, American Association for State and Local History, Rotary (Puget Sound chapter), Phi Beta Kappa (board trustees Puget Sound chapter 1994-1995).

Background

  • O'Donnell, Wilson Edward was born on February 17, 1952 in Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Charles John and Charolette Jane (Magargee) O'D.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, 1974. Master of Arts in History Museum Studies, State University of New York, Oneonta, 1982.

    Career

    • Intern William Penn Memorial Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1975, History Society York County, York, 1975. Consultant Perry County History Society, Newport, 1978-1979. Curator of collections Cumberland County History Society, Carlisle, 1976-1980.

      Director Monmouth County History Association, Freehold, New Jersey, 1982-1986. Chief curator and museum director New Jersey History Society, Newark, 1986-1988, director, 1988-1992. Executive director Museum History and Industry, Seattle, since 1993.

      Adjunct faculty Museum American Folk Art, New York City, 1987.

    Works

    • Author: (exhibit catalogues) It's in the Cards, 1976, Thus United Free: New Jersey in the Age of the Constitution, 1976.

    Membership

    Member Monmouth County Heritage Committee, Freehold, New Jersey, 1982-1987. Active Mountains to Sound, Greenway Trust. Member American Association Museum, American Association for State and Local History, Rotary (Puget Sound chapter), Phi Beta Kappa (board trustees Puget Sound chapter 1994-1995).

    Personality

    Interests

    Decorative arts (particularly furniture), running, mandolin, fantasy, science fiction.

    Connections

    • Married Carol Ann Brodeen, July 25, 1987.
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    Born February 17, 1952
    (age 65)
    • 1974
      Pennsylvania State University
    • 1982
      State University of New York
    • 1975
      Intern, William Penn Memorial Museum
      York, United Kingdom
    • 1975
      Intern, William Penn Memorial Museum
      Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1976 - 1980
      curator of collections Cumberland County History Society
      Carlisle, Kentucky, United States
    • 1978 - 1979
      consultant, Perry County History Society
      Newport, United Kingdom
    • 1982 - 1986
      director, Monmouth County History Association
      Freehold, New Jersey, United States
    • 1986 - 1988
      chief curator and museum director, New Jersey History Society
      Newark, Ohio, United States
    • 1993
      executive, director Museum History and Industry
      Seattle, Washington, United States
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