Douglas Harman, Ph.D., CDME, TDMC

Douglas Harman's strong interest in the heritage of the West can be seen in many important programs and projects, including his work on the Chisholm Trail, Fort Worth and Tarrant County history and the Texas Trail of Fame.

Growing up in Lincoln, Nebraska, Doug received his BA from Nebraska Wesleyan University. He went on to American University in Washington D.C. where he earned his MA and Ph.D.  with a focus on urban government management. After five years of university teaching, Doug went into local government management, serving as city manager of Alexandria, Virginia for ten years.

Doug is married to Judy, his childhood sweetheart, and they live in Fort Worth. They have two grown children, Sarah living in Denver and Greg in San Antonio.

Doug came to Fort Worth to serve as city manager from 1985 to 1990, after which he was selected to be president of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau. He served at the FWCVB for sixteen years. As FWCVB president he gave strong attention to the city's western heritage. Over the years following he has helped develop traveling historical exhibits on Quanah and Cynthia Ann Parker, the Chisholm Trail and early Tarrant County history.  In all of his efforts, he has given focused attention to the important multicultural heritage of the West.

Over the past ten years, Doug has had a major exhibit on the Chisholm Trail at the Cowboy Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Tarrant County Historical Commission, the Friends of the Herd, the Friends of the Library and the Lakes Trail heritage tourism program. He has given many speeches on the various aspects of our multicultural West. Doug has also been an avid collector and dealer of old west gear.

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