Sam Shogren, MPA

Sam Shogren, MPA

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Sam Shogren has served in a wide variety of roles in his 34 years of community leadership and heritage preservation work. Most recently Sam led the Washington County Museum, located in Oregon’s Silicon Forest just west of Portland, as Executive Director. He led a successful drive to double the size of the museum to over 24,000 SQ feet during the worst economic times since the Great Depression. Providing leadership in Vision, Mission, Program Innovation, and Community Engagement Sam built a broad network of support for the museum. The broader coalition of support included county government, two municipalities, a community college, a four-year university, community libraries, community action organizations, and historical societies into a coalition of financial, technical and program support to meet the needs of the community during the recent recession.  The transformation of the Washington County Museum enabled it to reflect better the increasing cultural diversity of Oregon.

Sam has served as the Executive Director of the Aspen Historical Society, The Working Waterfront Museum and the Washington County Museum; and a Curator of the Penobscot Marine Museum (Maine).

Sam Shogren is a Fellow of the Hagley Program in the Industrial History of the United States based at the Hagley Museum and the University of Delaware. He has conducted extensive historical research concerning maritime industries, fisheries, international trade, maritime folklife, industrial water power, and dam technology, industrial labor housing, vernacular architecture and mill technologies spanning over 400 years of American History from 1590 to 2018 with a focus on northern New England. Most recently he developed a new exhibition documenting the rise of Oregon’s Silicon Forest for the Washington County Museum. And he is working with the Mono Indian’s of California on a redesign of their museum center and tribal exhibition program.

Sam Shogren served on the Maine Governor’s Task Force for Heritage and Cultural Tourism and has presented to the North Dakota Governor’s Conference of Tourism about his work in Maine. Sam also Co-Chaired the Organizing Committee for an International Tourism and Museum Conference held in St. Andrew’s New Brunswick, Canada. Sam’s leadership and visioning skills have helped organizations locally, regionally and nationally on both coasts realize sought after significant transformation. His collaborative style, empathy and organizational smarts that drive action to achieve results. As a consultant and board member, he has helped found: the Society of Maine Archivists, Maine Archives and Museums, the National Council for State Museum Associations, the Beaverton Arab Cultural Center, the Friends of the International School of Beaverton, The Penobscot Bay Network and many other organizations.

In addition, Mr. Shogren served for ten years on the Advisory Committee for Northeast Documents Conservation Center in Andover, Massachusetts. He is the former President of Maine Archives and Museums overseeing the merger of the former Maine Association of Museums and the Society of Maine Archivists (which he co-founded).

Shogren is an Associate of LEAD International, a community development and sustainability network based in London England with chapters around the world. He is a graduate of the prestigious Seminar in Historical Administration hosted by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the American Association of State and Local History and the American Association of Museums. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Mark Hatfield School of Government and Advanced Certificates in Nonprofit Management and Fund Development from Portland State University.

Sam has presented his research finding and served as a public speaker at:

  • The Council of American Maritime Museums
  • The American Association of Museums
  • The New England Museum Association
  • The Annual Conference of the Society for Historical Archaeology
  • The Mid-Atlantic Archaeological Conference
  • The Oregon Museum Association
  • The Oregon State Heritage Conference
  • The Maine Association of Museums
  • The Society of Maine Archivists
  • The New England Archivists

Sam has also presented on behalf of:

  • The National Endowment for Humanities
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • The Maine Humanities Council

As a  Historical Archaeologist and Historic Preservationist, Sam has worked on a wide variety of project across the country including, New England, the Mid-Atlantic, the Colorado Rockies, and states of California, Oregon, and Washington. His experience includes archaeological excavation and documentation, historic structures reports and documentation, dam and industrial technology,  and maritime research and preservation.

His work ranges from the excavation and documentation of a c. 1590’s seasonal fish processing station off the coast of Maine and leading the York County Archaeological Survey under contract to the Maine SHPO; contract archeology for Central Maine Power, a colonial historic sites inventory for the Town of Topsham Maine; service as the Site Archaeologist for the Hagley Museum and Library documenting the lives of industrial works at DuPont in the 19th-century; teaching archaeology and museum interpretation at the University of Delaware, public archaeology at the Governor Calvert House (1690) in Annapolis, Maryland and the Payton Randolph site (c. 1715 – present) at Colonial Williamsburg. He has also worked for the Research Department (Archaeology) for Old Sturbridge Village, Old Yorke Historical Society, York Maine, and the York Institute Museum, Saco. Sam was also contracted to lead a survey and documentation of the cemetery at Old Swedes Church, Wilmington Delaware, America’s oldest Swedish cemetery.

Additional Educational Activities include:

  • Graduate Studies in Anthropology and Historical Archaeology, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA
  • Graduate Studies in Labor History, Vernacular Architecture, and American Material Culture, University of Delaware, Newark DE
  • Certificate in Museum Studies, University of Delaware, Newark DE
  • BA Anthropology, Ripon College, Ripon WI

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