Gary Enright, Director
Leon Nepper, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the 1881 Courthouse Museum, announced the appointment of Gary Enright as the new Museum Director. According to Mr. Nepper, “The Board of Trustees as a whole is tremendously impressed with the background, expertise and enthusiasm of our newly chosen Director. With Gary’s direction, we all look forward to the next chapter in the operation of the 1881 Courthouse Museum.”
Mr. Enright recently retired and is free to accept the part-time position as Director of the Museum. He was raised on a Western South Dakota ranch, near Timber Lake, SD. He was educated at the University of South Dakota and spent his early years as a radio and television newscaster in Pierre and Sioux City, IA.
He served as Director of the Market News Foundation at the Sioux City Stockyards before accepting the position as Administrative Director of South Dakota Farm Bureau. He filled that position for six years before being named Director of Public Affairs with Northwestern Public Service Company in Huron. From there he was appointed to be the first Chief Executive Officer of the National Beef Promotion and Research Board in Denver, CO.
Enright has extensive experience in administration and has worked with volunteers within the various organizations he headed.
In addition to his wide-ranging experience in various types of organizations which utilized volunteer member participation, Gary has broad experience himself as a volunteer in historical organizations. He worked as a volunteer at Four Mile Historic Park in Denver, CO for six years and for two years with the Weston (MO) Historic Museum. In addition he has extensive experience as a historical researcher, having written nine books, all involving historical subjects, including a novel about “The Last Wolf: The Legend of Three Toes” the renegade South Dakota wolf titled “The Last Wolf”, the “Almanac of American Agriculture”, “Giants in Agriculture”, “Would You Believe: Strange and Unusual Stories in Agriculture”, “Patriots Daughter”: the biography of Patsy Jefferson; “A Wise Old Farmer Says…”, “Chasing Joey” (a novel about the Orphan Trains”), and “Spirits of Sica Hollow”, a novel about the haunted historical site in northeastern South Dakota.
Enright is married to Felice Stockert Jenner, a native of North Dakota. They have five children and nine grandchildren. The couple have researched and written a book titled “Women Every Girl Should Know”, telling the biography of extraordinary women in history.
Mr. Enright brings extensive experience in organizational structure and working with volunteers to this position and we are pleased to have the benefit of his familiarity with historical organizations to assist in building the 1881 Courthouse Museum in the future.