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Wilson Edward O'Donnell

museum director

Wilson Edward O'Donnell, Museum director. Member Monmouth County Heritage Committee, Freehold, New Jersey, 1982-1987; active Mountains to Sound, Greenway Trust. Member American Association Museum, American Association for State and Local History, Rotary (Puget Sound chapter), Phi Beta Kappa (board of trustees Puget Sound chapter 1994-1995).

Background

O'Donnell, Wilson Edward was born on February 17, 1952 in Sharon, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Charles John and Charolette Jane (Magargee) O'D.

Education

Bachelor in Anthropology, Pennsylvania State University, 1974. Master of Arts in History Museum Studies, State University of New York, Oneonta, 1982.

Career

Intern, William Penn Memorial Museum, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1975;intern, History Society York County, York, Pennsylvania, 1975;consultant, Perry County History Society, Newport, Pennsylvania, 1978-1979;curator of collections, Cumberland County History Society, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1976-1980;director, Monmouth County History Association, Freehold, New Jersey, 1982-1986;chief curator and music director, New Jersey History Society, Newark, 1986-1988;director, New Jersey History Society, Newark, 1988-1992;executive director, Museum History and Industry, Seattle, since 1993. Adjunct faculty Museum American Folk Art, New York City, 1987.

Works

  • Author: (exhibit catalogues) It's in the Cards, 1976, Thus United Free: New Jersey in the Age of the Constitution, 1976.

Membership

Member Monmouth County Heritage Committee, Freehold, New Jersey, 1982-1987. Active Mountains to Sound, Greenway Trust. Member American Association Museum, American Association for State and Local History, Rotary (Puget Sound chapter), Phi Beta Kappa (board of trustees Puget Sound chapter 1994-1995).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: decorative arts (particularly furniture), running, mandolin, fantasy, science fiction.

Connections

Married Carol Ann Brodeen, July 25, 1987.

father:
Charles John O'D.

mother:
Charolette Jane (Magargee) O'D.

spouse:
Carol Ann Brodeen