Marshals Museum Names David Kennedy as Curator


Marshals Museum Names David Kennedy as Curator
David Kennedy (U.S. Marshals Museum)

The U.S. Marshals Museum on Tuesday announced the hire of David Kennedy as museum curator.

Kennedy serves as curator of collections for the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center in Enid, Oklahoma. He will begin his role with the museum on Nov. 2.

"The U.S. Marshals Museum is pleased to welcome David as our new curator," Jim Dunn, president and CEO of the U.S. Marshals Museum, said in a news release. "David’s strong background and experience will be an asset to the museum as we continue to build our exhibits and educate the public about the history of the U.S. Marshals Service."

As curator, Kennedy’s responsibilities will include care of collections, exhibit fabrication and integration of exhibit design into the museum’s architectural plans. He will also be responsible for coordinating the installation of the exhibits when construction of the museum is complete.

Before his five years as curator of collections for the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center, Kennedy was curator of the Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. He earned his bachelor of arts in history from the University of Texas at El Paso and a master of arts in history from Montana State University. 

He is the author of "Guns of the Wild West: A Photographic Tour of the Guns that Shaped our Country’s History" and content adviser for Katherine Brevard's "The Story of Guns: How They Changed the World." Kennedy previously served as board member in the Mountain-Plains Museums Association region and is currently a board member for the American Alliance of Museum’s Curators Committee.

Last month, the museum received a $1 million donation from Donnie Pendergraft and family in honor of her late husband Ross Pendergraft.

In September 2014, the museum received an anonymous $5 million pledge and broke ground.

The $50 million, 20,000-SF museum, which will sit on the banks of the Arkansas River near downtown Fort Smith, was first proposed in 2008. The design for the museum is by Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects of Little Rock and Cambridge Seven Associates of Cambridge, Massachusetts.