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!
Director of Education
Phone: 728.3476 ext. #3
Dorene graduated with a B.S. degree in education from Bowling Green State University, Ohio with additional continuing ed. graduate credits. She has over 30 years experience in the field of education with museums, zoos, theatre, environmental education, and classroom teaching in Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, and California. Dorene is commonly seen in Montana's great outdoors with her husband, sons, and her faithful canine companions.
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.
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.