Michael Fox serves as the Curator of History at Museum of the Rockies and has been doing so for almost 10 years. His first museum job was as a Curatorial Assistant at South Pass City State Historic Site in central
Wyoming, where his ancestors were settlers and gold miners in 1867. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from Humboldt State University where his thesis focused on the diaries and other personal writings of women during the overland trail period in the American west.
Fox earned a Master's degree in American Studies from University of Wyoming and again used person documents as a basis for his thesis work, using a diary kept by his great-great uncle on an exploration trip in search of gold in the Flattops region of Colorado in 1881.
His deep interest in the history of the American west led Fox into the museum world as he worked at museums from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the Denver Art Museum and the Autry Center for the Study of the American West in Los Angeles. After serving as a Project Manager for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC at both the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the National Portrait Gallery (where he managed the best-funded traveling exhibition in Smithsonian history), Fox returned to academia at Montana State University where he embarked upon a Ph.D. program. He returned to the curatorial world of the American west after his first year of study, accepting his current position at MOR.
Michael is grateful for the opportunity to grow with the History program at the museum where he works closely with exhibitions and collections managers to ensure a high level of professional, academic and aesthetic excellence in the galleries and collections he oversees. Over his career at MOR, he has curated exhibitions on Photographers David F. Barry and Edward S. Curtis as well as the nation's first comprehensive exhibition regarding tourism in Yellowstone National Park. He is most excited to see the construction of the museum's new Curatorial Center for the Humanities and looks forward to the reinstallation of the museum's history halls. Email Michael.
Inspiring Us With History
Michael Fox Explains the History of the Confederate Flag (Audio only.)