Robert M. Brown, Ph.D.
Phone: 728.3476 ext. #1
"Dr. Bob" received his Ph.D. in Early American History from the University of New Hampshire in 1983 with his dissertation, "The Loyalists of New Hampshire: Surely We Have Deserved A Better Future." He worked at museums in New Hampshire, Indiana, and Massachusetts before becoming the director of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula in 1991. When not being "Dr. Bob," he can often be found wandering around town as Captain C.P. Higgins, founder of Missoula or Major Charles Rawn, founder of Fort Missoula; he is often confused as to who he is.
Curator of Collections
Phone: 728.3476 ext. #2
Nicole graduated with a bachelor's degree in both art history and anthropology from the Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. She then completed her master's degree in Historical Administration at Eastern State University in Charleston, Illinois. Before making the cross-country trip to Missoula, most of her experience came from working at various art galleries and museums in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Now, she can be found getting her hands dirty in the Collections Department at the Fort! In her free time, Nicole enjoys discovering the wide-open Big Sky Country with her boyfriend, kitties and dog!
Phone: 728.3476 ext. #6
Kristina Swanson grew up in New England, where family outings often included visits to historical sites. For more than half of her life, she's been a Missoula gal whose passions for the outdoors and social justice inspire interest in our Montana home's natural and ethnic histories. Kristina's diverse professional experiences include grant writing, model program development and group facilitation. She holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Montana. As a musician, writer, and visual artist with a degree in theater, Kristina brings plenty of creative energy to her work.
Phone: 728.3476 ext. #4
Carolyn Thompson graduated in 1990 with a bachelor's in social work from the University of Montana. After graduation Carolyn worked for a HUD demonstration project preschool and then worked as a case manager/ rehab specialist for the Western Montana Mental Health Center for 7 years. In 1999 she left social work to pursue a full time position as domestic goddess/mother with the birth of her daughter. After 9 years at home and a variety of part-time jobs, Carolyn re-entered the work field and began the next chapter of her life as the Education Assistant at The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula in the summer of 2007.
Phone: 728.3476 ext. #3
Kristjana recently arrived in Missoula excited to share her passion for history with the Fort's school groups and adult visitors. She comes to Missoula by way of California with a few detours in Scotland and Wyoming. She received her BA in Anthropology from Scripps College, an M.Phil in Medieval Archaeology from the University of Glasgow and is currently finishing an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. Before making the trek to Montana she worked as a field archaeologist, a museum administrator, a park aide for the California State Parks as well as most recently as an education coordinator at an urban park. She is especially interested in making Missoula's history come alive for everyone, including people with physical and cognitive disabilities. When she isn't at the Fort you can find her exploring her new hometown with her dog Thorfinnur the Mighty Snogbeast (Thor).
Sharon works on the weekends facilitating a positive museum experience for visitors and group events. She has a B.A. from the University of Montana and is a native of Missoula. She held a number of different positions before coming to the Historical Museum in 2003 including working at the UM Admissions Office where she learned the value of great customer service. Time outside of the museum is mostly spent working on freelance historical research projects.