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Robert Munro Brown

Robert Munro Brown, museum director. Fellow, Kellogg Foundation, 1987; scholar, University New Hampshire, 1979-1983; research grantee, 1982.


  • Brown, Robert Munro was born on March 4, 1952 in Riverside, New Jersey, United States. Son of James Wendell and Janet Elizabeth (Munro) Brown.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Political Science cum laude, Ursinus College, 1973. Master of Arts in Social Sciences, Rivier College, 1978. Doctor of Philosophy in Early American History, University New Hampshire, 1983.


    • Graduate assistant department history University New Hampshire, Durham, 1979-1983, instructor, 1983-1984. Site curator T.C. Steele State History Site Indiana State Museum System, Nashville, 1984-1991. Executive director History Museum at Fort Missoula, Montana, since 1991.

      History interpreter Strawberry Banke, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 1980-1983. Instructor Rivier College, Nashua, New Hampshire, 1986-1991, New Hampshire College, Nashua and Salem, 1986-1991. Supervisor public programs Museum American Textile History, North Andover, Massachusetts, 1985-1991.

      Secretary-treasurer Western Montana Heritage Center/Northern Rockies Heritage Center, 1992-1993. Member graduate committee University Montana, 1993. Member steering committee Fort Missoula, 1993.

      Reviewer Institute Museum and Library. Services, since 1993. Reviewer American Association Museum-Museum Asessment Programs, since 1997.

      Member Montana Committee of the Humanities Speakers Bureau, since 1995. Lecturer, presenter, chair panels in field.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Trustee Historic Harrisville, New Hampshire, 1989-1991. Board directors United Peoples Foundation, 1991-1993, vice president, 1993. Member planning committee Western Montana Heritage Center, 1991, University Montana Centennial Celebration, 1992, Leadership Missoula, 1992.

    Active open space, parks and resource planning and management project team City of Missoula, 1993. Member blue ribbon task force Five Valleys Lutheran Retirement Community Planning Committee, 1994, Western Montana Volunteer Center Council, 2004-2005. Member of Greater Boston Museum Educator's Roundtable (steering committee 1988-1990), Mtn.

    Plains Museum Association (Montana state representative 1995-1997, annual meeting local arrangements chair 1997, chairman scholarship committee 1998, secretary 1998—2000, chairman scholarship committee 1999—2004, annual meeting program co-chair 2000, treasurer 2001-2004), Western Montana Fundraisers Association (charter 1991, vice president 1993-1995, president 1995-1997), Museum Association Montana (panelist 1994, conference host 2007, board member since 2010), Montana History Society, Association Records Managers and Administrators (charter Big Sky chapter 1992-1994), American Association State and Local History (state membership representative 1996-1998, state awards chair since 2001, program committee 2003, member council since 2005, Leadership History award 2007), American Association Museum (peer-reviewer 2000), Kiwanis (Sentinel chapter), Masons (Missoula chapter), Phi Alpha Theta.



    Canoeing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing.


    • Married Mary Ann Noel, June, 1973 (divorced 1977). Married Claudia Leslie Haskell, January 14, 1978.
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    Born March 4, 1952
    (age 65)
    • 1973
      Ursinus College
    • 1978
      Rivier College
    • 1983
      University New Hampshire
    • 1979 - 1983
      Graduate assistant, department history University New Hampshire
      Durham, United Kingdom
    • 1984 - 1991
      site curator T.C. Steele State History Site Indiana State Museum System
      Nashville, Tennessee, United States
    • 1991
      executive, director History Museum at Fort Missoula
      Montana, United States