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Samuel Joseph Wegner

Samuel Joseph Wegner, museum executive.


  • Wegner, Samuel Joseph was born on August 27, 1952 in Twin Falls, Idaho, United States. Son of Albert Henry and Eleanor Esther (Wright) Wegner.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Arizona, 1973. Master of Arts, University Idaho, 1975.


    • Curator Mansion Museum-Oglebay Institute, Wheeling, West Virginia, 1975-1976. Curator of education State History Society Wisconsin, Madison, 1976-1978. Assistant superintendent Region I Missouri Department National Resources, Brookfield, 1978-1985.

      Director operations Southern Oregon History Society, Jacksonville, Oregon, 1985-1987, executive director Medford, 1987-1996. Deputy executive director Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1996-1998. Superintendent State History Society North Dakota, Bismarck, since 1998.

      Member National Advisory Committee Common Agenda for History Museum, 1990-1992, National Advisory Committee Philadelphia Documentation Project for Common Agenda, 1989-1991. Chairman Region 11 American Association State and Local History Awards Program, 1989-1990, chairman Oregon State chapter, 1987-1988. Chairman Western Region Association Living History Farms and Agricultural Museum, 1986-1987.

      Member American Association Museum Ad Hoc Committee for History Sites and Museum in Parks, 1984-1985.


    Member advisory committee Medford (Oregon) Visiting and Convention Bureau, 1988-1996. Board directors Oregon Trail Coordinating Council, 1994-1996, Southern Oregon Visitors Association, 1995-1996. Board directors, coordinator Applegate Trail Coalition, 1993-1996.

    Member Jacksonville Transportation Committee, 1993-1995. Member American Association Museum, National Trust for History Preservation, Oregon Museum Association, Rotary.


    • Married Linda Louise Talley, May 27, 1972. Children: Ethan, Elena.
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    Born August 27, 1952
    (age 65)
    • 1973
      University Arizona
    • 1975
      University Idaho
    • 1975 - 1976
      Curator Mansion Mus.-Oglebay Institute
      Wheeling, West Virginia, United States
    • 1976 - 1978
      curator of education State History Society Wisconsin
      Madison, Tennessee, United States
    • 1978 - 1985
      assistant, superintendent Region I Missouri Department National Resources
      Brookfield, Wisconsin, United States
    • 1985 - 1987
      director, operations Southern Oregon History Society
      Jacksonville, Florida, United States
    • 1996 - 1998
      deputy executive, director Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
      Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
    • 1998
      superintendent State History Society North Dakota
      Bismarck, North Dakota, United States
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