Museum Staff

Matt Lautzenheiser

Matt Lautzenheiser

Executive Director
Phone: 728.3476 ext. #1
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Matt is a native of Ohio where he attended Hiram College earning a B.A. in History and the University of Akron where he received his M.A. in 2002. He has worked with the Western Reserve Historical Society as a Site Historian and served as Director with the J.E. Reeves Victorian Home. Away from the Historical Museum he can be found running and hiking the trails around Missoula, and enjoying the many great restaurants, breweries, festivals, and attractions of Western Montana.

Nicole Webb

Nicole Webb

Curator of Collections
Phone: 728.3476 ext. #2
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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!

Jessie Colt Rogers

Jessie Colt Rogers

Development Director
Phone: 728.3476 ext. #5
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After spending most of her youth traveling the backroads of America, the family settles on a self-sufficient homestead in West Tennessee. But the West has always called to her and she left TN for Montana in 2003. Since moving to Montana, Jessie has worked for the USFS, MT FWP, managed guest ranches throughout the West, directed the marketing and development for various nonprofits, and started her own freelance grant writing business. Jessie graduated from the University of Montana – Missoula with a B.S. in Nature Based Tourism and Native American Studies. While at college she met her husband and they live in Bonner, MT with their two crazy dogs. When they are not working, you can find them fishing the Blackfoot, gardening in their backyard, or mountain biking some local trails.

Carolyn Thompson

Carolyn Thompson

Assistant Director
Phone: 728.3476 ext. #4
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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.

Kristjana Eyjolfsson

Kristjana Ejyolfsson

Education Director
Phone: 728.3476 ext. #3
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Kristjana is 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 B.A. in Anthropology from Scripps College, an M.Phil. in Medieval Archaeology from the University of Glasgow and an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. Before making the trek to Montana she worked as a field archaeologist, a museum administrator for Nationals Museums Scotland, a park aide for the California State Parks as well as the education coordinator for the Guadalupe River Park Convservancy in San Jose, CA. 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 Garner

Sharon Garner

Museum Aide

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.