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January 19, 2018

1/10/2018 3:10:00 PM
Westfall settles in as director of Dodge County Historical Society

By Karen M. Jorgensen

Don Westfall is settling in to his role as the Dodge County Historical Society's executive director.

Describing himself as a "Navy brat" and the son of a Naval aviator he said he grew up at a variety of Naval Air Stations.

His marriage to a Minnesota native introduced him to the state where he has held several positions.

Throughout his career he has managed to combine his love of western history and aviation.

His undergraduate degree is in American Indian Studies. He was, he said, the first non-Native American to earn an Indian Studies degree from the University of Minnesota.

Non-native students would often take classes in the department, he said, but they did not major.

As for aviation, that traces back to his father's career as a pilot.

On receiving his bachelor's degree, he headed to Oklahoma State University. OSU, he said, emphasizes the American west and that is where he completed his master's in history with an emphasis on museum studies.

Read the rest of the story in the print edition of the Star Herald.

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