Experienced Historian Takes Helm at History Center
The History Center of Olmsted County welcomes Wayne Gannaway as Executive Director on June 3, 2019.
Wayne Gannaway’s unique experience includes heritage tourism, historic preservation, and strategic planning. He grew up in Winona, Minnesota, earned his bachelor's degree in history at the University of Minnesota, and M.A. in folk studies at Western Kentucky University.
Gannaway’s work with historic sites is extensive and includes the Minnesota Historical Society, the Mark Twain House and Museum in Connecticut, and Thomas Jefferson’s retreat home, Poplar Forest, in Virginia.
“I’m impressed with the work of the History Center of Olmsted County. It’s a rich collection and campus, and Mayowood Mansion is an eye-catching treasure. And HCOC is showing real leadership with their Traveling While Black exhibit. That really grabbed my attention,” says Gannaway.
History Center President Tom Leimer says, “We are excited Wayne is joining the team to provide an engaging place for the community to explore the history of Olmsted County!”
Community members are invited to an open house at the History Center on July 10, 2019, from 3:00 - 6:00pm.