Dan Thielen was named Administrator for the Division of Museums and History in 2023. For 15 years, Dan has worked for the State of Nevada’s Division of Museums and History, most recently managing the three railroad museums in Nevada located in Carson City, East Ely, and Boulder City. He oversaw 15 employees and 150 volunteers. His work in that capacity was key in the recent growth of the programs, including the funding of a new interpretive center in Boulder City and capital improvements to the Freight Building in Ely, and a 30% increase in visitation in Carson City.
Dan graduated with a BS (Cum Laude) from Utah State University and a MS degree from USU. As part of this study, he restored and operated a 1905 Case steam traction engine.
Dan is a retired Nevada Army National Guard Major. Dan was also qualified as a combat photographer and Army Historian.