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Patrick Bates Nolan

Patrick Bates Nolan, museum director. Fellow National Endowment, 1991, Josip Juraj Hill Reference Library., St. Paul, 1991, Rockefeller Archives, Tarrytown, New York, 1992, Minnesota History Society, St. Paul, 1992. Vestryman St. Stephens Church, Huntsville, 1996-1997. Member Rotary (board directors Huntsville 1995-1998).


  • Nolan, Patrick Bates was born on February 4, 1942 in Minneapolis. Son of Thomas James and Cecile (Helbling) Nolan.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Minnesota, 1964. Master of Arts, University Minnesota, 1967. Doctor of Philosophy, University Minnesota, 1972.


    • Professor history University Wisconsin, River Falls, 1971-1973. Director archives Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 1973-1988. Executive administrator Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware, 1988-1992.

      Program officer National Endowment, Washington, 1985-1986. Director Sam Houston Museum, Huntsville, Texas, since 1992. Consultant Aviation Trail Inc., Dayton, 1973-1988, B&O R.R. Museum, Baltimore, 1991.

      Member council Texas Council Humanities, Austin, since 1998.


    • Kitty Hawk and Beyond: The Wright Brothers and the Early Years of Aviation : A Photographic History
    • Aided by over 100 rarely seen photographs from the Wright brothers' personal collection, the authors tell the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright: how they went from operating a printing shop and bicycle store in Dayton, Ohio, to ushering in the Age of Flight; why Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, was chosen as the site of their initial experiments; and how Orville made the crucial discovery that led to man's first powered, sustained, controlled airplane flight on December 17, 1903.


    Vestryman St. Stephens Church, Huntsville, 1996-1997. Member Rotary (board directors Huntsville 1995-1998).



    Hiking, camping, riding railroads.


    • Married Bobbe Shapiro, March 16, 1963. 1 child, Philip George.
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    Born February 4, 1942
    (age 75)
    • 1964
      University Minnesota
    • 1967
      University Minnesota
    • 1972
      University Minnesota
    • 1971 - 1973
      Professor, history University Wisconsin
      River Falls, Wisconsin, United States
    • 1973 - 1988
      director, archives Wright State University
      Dayton, Ohio, United States
    • 1985 - 1986
      program officer, National Endowment
      Washington, United States
    • 1988 - 1992
      executive, administrator Hagley Museum
      Wilmington, Ohio, United States
    • 1992
      director, Sam Houston Museum
      Huntsville, Texas, United States