C. M. Russell Museum

Great Falls, MT




Michael J. Warner Is New Executive Director at C. M. Russell Museum


The C. M. Russell Museum has announced the appointment of Michael J. Warner as its executive director. Warner is leaving his post as the Washington State Historical Society's director of outreach services in Olympia, Washington and will begin at the C. M. Russell Museum in late October, 2000.

Warner has 29 years of experience in all aspects of museum management, beginning in 1970 at the Museum of New Mexico, where he worked as curator of the history division, and ultimately as director of the education division. Subsequent positions included assistant director of the American Association of Museums in Washington, D.C. (1977-78); director of the program department at the Pacific Science Center, Seattle (1978-1980); principal investigator of the Monuments Bureau, Museum of New Mexico (1980-1981); curator, Whatcom Museum of History and Art in Bellingham (1982-1985); and several positions since 1988 with the Washington State Capital Museum and the Washington State Historical Society. He also has provided consultation experience with museums and Native American centers in Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, Arizona, and Kansas; and has taught and published Southwest history, with an emphasis on Native Americans. (left: Michael J. Warner, executive director, C. M. Russell Museum, photo courtesy of C. M. Russell Museum,)

Warner received his B.A. in history and M.A. in American history from Western Washington University, and his Ph.D. in American history from the University of New Mexico. In addition to his museum work, he was an instructor of humanities at Western Washington State University and an instructor of history at the University of New Mexico. Warner continues as the project director and seminar instructor at the Heritage Resource Center/Native American Resource Center at the Washington State Capital Museum, which he began in 1985.

Although Warner was horn on a naval base in Newport, Rhode Island, his family lived in the San Francisco and San Diego areas until he was a teenager, at which time they moved to the state of Washington. With the exception of some years in New Mexico and Washington, D.C., he has continued to live and work there.

"I am leaking forward to coming to Great Falls, which I have visited many times and found to be a very likeable community. In particular, the prospects for the future of the C.M. Russell Museum and its role in the community are myriad and challenging. This is an exciting phase in the Museum's growth and I am anxious to begin working with the board and staff," noted Warner.

Wayne Linnell, president of the C.M. Russell Museum board of directors, commented, "Our board is pleased to have concluded a long and diligent search for a new executive director. We very much look forward to the experience and enthusiasm Michael Warner will bring, and we believe he will effectively lead us into an exciting new chapter in the Museum's ongoing development."

Warner replaces Lorne Render, who left the Russell Museum after eight years as its executive director in April, 1999 and Tom Maytham, who served as an interim director.

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