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Spring 2003 Newsletter

Oliver Franklin is New Curator of Public Programs


New Curator of Public Programs Oliver Franklin.
2003. Photo by Eric Beggs.

In an effort to prepare for an expanded public presence, the Ransom Center has recently appointed a new Curator of Public Programs. Oliver Franklin has accepted the new position, which will serve to provide the Ransom Galleries with a liaison for the expanded public.

After receiving his M.A. in Geography from The University of Texas at Austin, Franklin was Education Director at the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in Edinburg, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley, where his innovative programming earned him the 1995 Texas State Historical Association Leadership in Education Award. Later, he was Director of the Republic of Texas Museum in Austin (1996-1998), where he developed programs, curated exhibitions, and managed the museum's collection of Texas historical artifacts. His latest undertaking was as Executive Director of the Texas Historical Foundation, a not-for-profit historic preservation foundation which has been in operation in Austin for over 50 years. He published Texas Heritage magazine, an award-winning Texas History quarterly, and consulted with numerous historic preservation agencies statewide.

With the opening of the Ransom Galleries and Prothro Theater at the Center, there will be the opportunity for expanded programs, tours, and events both on- and off-site. Despite the enormity of the task ahead, Franklin says he sees this as a chance to lay a solid foundation for an entirely new position at the Center: "I really see this as an opportunity to join the people of the Ransom Center in an effort to delight and enlighten folks of every background and all levels of community."  


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