WYATT JOINS HISTORICAL SOCIETY AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Steve M. Wyatt will join the Lincoln County Historical Society as its new executive director March 12th. Wyatt, who has 20 years of museum experience, was curator for the Society from 1993 to 2001. Since then, he has gained experience in management, fund raising, and marketing.
“I’m glad to be returning both to Oregon and the Lincoln County Historical Society. I’m very excited about the Pacific Maritime & Heritage Center and think this is a grand time to be at the helm of LCHS,” Wyatt said.
“We’re thrilled to have Steve return to LCHS, this time as executive director, and impressed with the experience he has gained since leaving here,” Bart January, president of LCHS, said.
Wyatt has a B.A. in history from the University of Oregon and an M.A. with an emphasis in museum studies from Oregon State University.
After graduation, Wyatt worked as curator for the Southern Oregon Historical Society in Medford and then for LCHS. After leaving LCHS, Wyatt returned to the Southern Oregon Historical Society. From there, he went to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts as curator of exhibitions and then the Washington Heritage Center in Olympia as curator/project manager. When the economy slowed and tax revenues dwindled, the Washington State Legislature defunded the Heritage Center project.
“There was definitely a positive side to this unforeseen career move—in the last two-and-a-half years I have amassed valuable experience writing grants and doing development work full-time at the House of Hope in Salt Lake City.”
Except for his time in Utah and Washington, Wyatt is a lifelong resident of Oregon. “My family has lived in Oregon since the late 1800s. My grandparents lived on the Siletz Bay and Siletz River in the 1960s and 70s. I fell in love with the Central Oregon Coast during the summers I spent with them,” Wyatt said.
“I have many fond memories of the years I lived in Newport and worked as LCHS curator, and I’m looking forward to reconnecting with Lincoln County and the people I haven’t seen in years,” Wyatt added.
The Lincoln County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of Lincoln County. It operates the Burrows House and Log Cabin museums located at 545 SW Ninth Street in Newport. The museums are free and open to the public. The Burrows House Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the Log Cabin Museum is open Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.