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Daniel Franklin Ward, PhD

Title: Independent Researcher and Consultant
Location: Syracuse, New York, United States

Daniel Franklin Ward, PhD, independent researcher and consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of history consulting.

Drawing on nearly four decades of experience, Dr. Ward has excelled as an independent historical researcher and consultant since 1985. As part of his extensive career in the field, he has primarily offered his unique expertise to nonprofit organizations dedicated to historical preservation, such as museums, libraries and historical research centers. As such, he notably operated as a curator for the Erie Canal Museum from 2009 to 2016. Well-regarded for his scholarly output, Dr. Ward has authored several books, including his 1984 piece, “Personal Places: Perspectives on Informal Art Environments,” as well as his 1988 publication, “Living Traditions: The Folk Arts in Onondaga County and Central New York.”

As part of his vocational journey, Dr. Ward cultivated his formal education, originally earning a Bachelor of Arts at the State University of New York Plattsburgh. He subsequently continued his studies at SUNY Oneonta, where he received a Master of Arts. In conclusion of his collegiate career, Dr. Ward achieved a PhD at Bowling Green State University. Having always been well-versed in history and folklore, he naturally gravitated toward his career, despite his prior ambitions to become a filmmaker. In his efforts to connect his passions, he participated in the creation of a historical film, which was featured on public radio on two occasions during Labor Day celebrations. Accounting for his achievements, Dr. Ward attributes his success to the support and guidance of his parents.

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