People: Myron Freedman named administrator of Nevada Division of Museums and History

Myron Freedman

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Myron Freedman was recently named administrator of the Nevada Division of Museums and History, overseeing the state’s seven museums.

Freedman has served as director of the Nevada State Museum in Carson City since 2017, according to a July 12 press release. and as of 2020, has been the acting administrator of the Nevada Division of Museums of History.

“We are excited to formalize Myron’s role in the Nevada Division of Museums,” Brenda Scolari, director of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, said in a statement. “He has seen the museums through the difficult times of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we look forward to his continued leadership in the future.”

During his time as director of the Carson City museum, Freedman worked with museum staff to develop cultural programs, including an expanded Day of the Dead celebration with community partners; Lei Day, honoring Hawaiian heritage; and a Chinese New Year event.

He also organized a slate of programs and events in 2019 and 2020, marking the 150th anniversary of the old Carson City Mint, which today is incorporated into the museum complex. Other programs include The First Lady Presents, an art program headlined by Nevada first lady Kathy Sisolak, and the Curator’s Corner.

In a statement, Freedman said he is excited about his new role, “because it allows me to bring my 30-plus years of experience in the museum field to support all of the state museums in their missions to connect Nevadans with the stories and stuff that make our state’s unique past come to life.”

Freedman grew up in Northern Nevada, graduating from Wooster High School in Reno and the University of Nevada, Reno. He previously served as executive director of the Palo Alto History Museum in Palo Alto, Calif.; executive director of the Museum of Ventura County (Calif.); and executive director of the Hayward (Calif.) Area Historical Society.

He was also previously exhibit curator at the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Gateway Arch) in St. Louis, as well as director of exhibitions and special projects at the Missouri History Museum in St Louis.


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