Local museum hires professional historian

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

OTTUMWA — Since 1959, the Wapello County Historical Society has protected some of the area's oldest treasures. But they've decided to kick off 2019 with something new: the first full-time museum director.

For the year of their 60th anniversary, the board hired a professional historian: Rick Woten has a doctorate in history from Iowa State University, has taught at Simpson College, written about the 1800s Des Moines River improvement lands grant and served as a subject matter expert on aspects of Iowa and American history.

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