Who we are


Nelson Thomas holds a BA in biology with an art minor from Ohio Northern University, Ada, OH, and a MTSC (Masters in Technical and Scientific Communication) with an emphasis in environmental science from Miami University, Oxford, OH. She attended the 38th Seminar for Historical Administration (SHA) at Colonial Williamsburg, VA, and was the first recipient of the William T. Alderson Scholarship for the Seminar. She is in the 2016 Leadership Southeast Texas (LSET) class. Nelson Thomas has twenty-five plus years of experience in informal education and the museum field. Prior to joining the Stark Foundation in May 2013, she was Senior Director, Public Programs at the Indiana Historical Society for fifteen years. Previously she worked at the Outagamie County Historical Society in Appleton, WI, and the Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District in Lima, OH. Her career has focused on interpretive planning; exhibition, program, and experience development; community collaboration and engagement; strategic planning; and evaluation. During her time in Indiana, she served on the SHA partners coordinating committee and as SHA faculty. She is the current AASLH (American Association for State and Local History) national Leadership in History Awards committee chair and a participant in the national Museum Directors Roundtable.
Nelson Thomas leads the operations and oversees the administrative, educational, curatorial, collections, exhibitions, and library & archive professional staff of the Stark Museum of Art, The W.H. Stark House, and the Stark Foundation Library & Archive in support of the mission of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation. “I come from a family of avid and curious life-long learners, readers, and explorers. My passion is connecting people with ideas, stuff, and experiences so they can go on and do the same.”

Collections & Exhibitions

Volunteer & Operations

Danielson holds a BA in history and art history from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX and is currently enrolled in an online MA in museum studies program through Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Danielson began her career in May 2017 as Program Coordinator for The Arc of Greater Beaumont, a non-profit that provides social and recreational opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She created and facilitated a weekly art program, planned special events, and oversaw all monthly activities for the organization. Within the scope of this position, Danielson managed all volunteers for The Arc’s programs, fundraisers, and outreach efforts. Danielson joined the Stark Art & History Venues in August 2018 as Volunteer & Operations Coordinator. Her job is to create and manage a formal volunteer program for The W.H. Stark House, Stark Museum of Art, and Eunice R. Benckenstein Library & Archive in support of the mission of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.
“I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” Vincent van Gogh