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Thomas Carter Vance

Thomas Carter Vance, American historic site director. Recipient GOS Grant award Institute Museum Services, 1983, 85; Map Grant award American Association Museum, 1988.


  • Vance, Thomas Carter was born on October 19, 1946 in Danville, Illinois, United States. Son of John DeWitt and Maxine Margaret (Sherman) Vance.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology, University Illinois, 1969. Master of Science in Entomology, University Illinois, 1971. Master of Arts in Historical Administration, Eastern Illinois University, 1979.


    • Research assistant Illinois Natural History Survey, Urbana, Illinois, 1969-1971. Naturalist Kickapoo State Park, Oakwood, 1971-1973, park ranger, 1973-1974. Historic site manager Lincoln Log Cabin State History, Lerna, since 1974.


    • Author: (research perdiodical) Illinois National History Survey Bulletin, 1974. Editor: (magazine) Midwest Open Air Museum Magazine, 1986-1991.


    Party affiliation: member The Universal Church


    Denomination: The Universal Church


    Member board directors Charleston Tourism Committee, since 1989. Member advisory board Coles Together Economic Development Corporation Coles Company, since 1991. Member Midwest Open Air Museum (past president 1982-1983), Association Living History Farms (member board directors 1984-1987), Charleston Rotary Club.



    Guitar, banjo, american indian, personal development, firewalking.


    • Married Susan Ellen Addams Vance, February 25, 1972. 1 child, Erin Katherine.
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    Born October 19, 1946
    (age 71)
    • 1969
      University Illinois
    • 1971
      University Illinois
    • 1979
      Eastern Illinois University
    • 1969 - 1971
      Research assistant, Illinois Natural History Survey
      Urbana, Illinois, United States
    • 1971 - 1973
      naturalist Kickapoo State Park
      Oakwood, Georgia, United States
    • 1973 - 1974
      naturalist Kickapoo State Park
    • 1974
      historic site manager, Lincoln Log Cabin State History
      Lerna, Illinois, United States