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Douglas Christopher Dolan

museum director

Douglas Christopher Dolan, museum director.


Dolan, Douglas Christopher was born on January 16, 1951 in Wilmington. Son of Paul F. and Mary (Twardowski) Dolan.


Bachelor in American History, University Delaware, 1973. Master of Arts in American History, University Delaware, 1977.


Administrative intern History Society York County, York, Pennsylvania, 1975. Bicentennial coordinator University Delaware, Newark, 1975-1976. Project director Delta Oral History Study Pennsylvania History and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1976.

Administrative assistant History Society York County, York, 1976-1977, assistant director, 1977-1979, president and executive director, 1979-1982. Executive director Mercer Museum/Bucks County History Society, Doylestown, since 1983. Member executive board Pennsylvania Museum Advisory Council.

Grants reviewer Institute Museum Services, National Endowment for the Humanities, Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. Chairman Philadelphia Documentation Project, The Common Agenda Project. Member executive board Museum Association Pennsylvania.

Consultant museum management and planning.


Member American Association Museum (regional councillor 1988-1990, regional director since 1990, chairman visiting accreditation committee, consultant museum assessment program), American Association for State and Local History, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Mid-Atlantic Association Museum (chairman fellowship committee 1984-1986, secretary board governors 1986-1988, president board governors 1988-1990), Pennsylvania Federation Museum and History Organizations (board directors since 1985), Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (board directors 1987-1989).


  • Other Interests

    Sailing, reading, gardening, woodworking, computers.


Married Joy I. Allison, June 2, 1984. 1 child, Meredith A.