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historian , consultant

Jan R. Olive Nash, American historian, consultant. Certified: Supreme Court of Iowa (Admission) 1979. Recipient Margaret Nowysz Preservation Person of the Year award, City of Iowa City - History Preservation Commission, 1994; scholar Merit award Tuition Scholarship, Loyola University of Chicago, 1997-1998.


Nash, Jan R. Olive was born on April 3, 1951 in Virginia, Minnesota, United States.


Bachelors, University of Iowa, 1976. Juris Doctor, University of Iowa, 1979. Master of Arts, University of Iowa, 1989.

ABD for Doctor of Philosophy in progress, Loyola University of Chicago, 1997—2003.


Corporation legal counsel Life Investors Inc./AEGON, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1979—1986. Architectural history consultant Iowa City, 1989—1993. Managing member Tallgrass Historians L.C., since 1993.

Participant Victorian Society in American, London, 1988. Founding board member, executive director Iowa History Preservation Alliance, Iowa City, 1990—1992. Participant Preservation Leadership Training Workshop, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1991.

Co-director Fort Atkinson Area Cultural Resources Field School, Fort Atkinson, Iowa, 2001.


  • Certified: Supreme Court of Iowa (Admission) 1979.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (essay) Dictionary of America History, 75 cultural resource reports and papers.


Member Iowa Heritage Tourism Advisory Committee - Iowa Department of Economic Development, Des Moines, 1995—1996. Historian advisor Englert Civic Theatre Inc., Iowa City, 2000—2002. Commission member Johnson County History Preservation Commission, 1996.

Preservation advisor Old Brick Episcopal Lutheran Corporation, 1999—2003. Historian advisor Iowa State Preserves Board - Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Des Moines, 1996—2000. Member of Society for Commercial Archeology, Organization of America Historians, National Trust for History Preservation-Preservation Forum, National Council on Public History, Iowa State Bar Association, Iowa History Preservation Alliance (board member 1990-1992), Phi Alpha Theta.


  • Other Interests



Daughter of Gail Maxine Nelson and Robert Eugene Olive, Robert Joseph Thornton (Stepfather). Married Jerome Frederick Full, June 22, 2002. Married John Alexander Nash, December 22, 1980 (divorced ).

Married Alan Lee Thomae, December 27, 1969 (divorced ). 1 child Eric Joseph Thomae.

Gail Maxine Nelson

Robert Eugene Olive

Jerome Frederick Full

John Alexander Nash

Alan Lee Thomae

Eric Joseph Thomae Nash