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museum administrator

Richard Alan Gantz, museum administrator.


Gantz, Richard Alan was born on July 28, 1946 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States.


Bachelor of Science in Education with honors, Ball State University, 1968. Master of Arts, George Washington University, 1971. Doctor of Philosophy, Indiana University, 1986.


Social studies teacher Fort Wayne (Indiana) Community Schools, 1969-1973. National Park Service seasonal history Homestead National Monument, Beatrice, Nebraska, 1972. Associate instructor Indiana University, Bloomington, 1975-1976.

Assistant state history preserv. officer department natural resources State of Indiana, 1976-1990, assistant director division museum and memorials, 1978-1981, acting director, 1982-1983, director division history preservation and archeology, 1981-1990, acting director division state museum and history sites, 1989, director division state museum and history sites and Indiana State Museum, 1990—2001. Director special projects Indiana Department Natural Resources, Indianapolis, since 2001. Member adjunct faculty history department Butler University, Indianapolis, since 1988.

Member steering committee Department Commerce Heritage, Tourism and Education, 1991-1994. Member project committee Indiana Heritage Trust, 1992-2001. Chairman Indiana History Exchange Council, 1984-1991, Indiana History Bridge Committee, 1984-1990.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Active Indiana Main State Council, 1985-1998. Secretary New Harmony State Commission, 1989-2001. Member White River State Park Commission, 1993-2001, Indiana Governor's Millennium Task Force, 1998-2000, Indiana Governor's Residence Advisory Committee, since 1998.

Member Indiana Governor's 2016 Task Force, since 2001. Board directors Indiana Medical History Museum, since 2001, Indianapolis Athletic Club Art Foundation, since 2002. Member Organization American Hists., National Trust History Preservation, Indiana Association Hists., Indiana State Museum Society, Association Indiana Museum, Midwest Museum Conference.


Married Ruth Ann Kennell. 1 child, Sally Elizabeth.

Ruth Ann Kennell

Sally Elizabeth Gantz