UCR professor Catherine Allgor named Huntington’s education director

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Following a national search, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has named Catherine its Nadine and Robert A. Skotheim Director of Education. Allgor is a professor of history at the UC Riverside.

She joins the Huntington staff Feb. 1.

Allgor takes the helm from Susan Lafferty, who stepped down from her position in August to pursue a doctoral degree in education.

Allgor has been at UCR since 2001 and has established herself as a leading historian of first ladies. She is known for her scholarly work on Dolley Madison, Abigail Adams, and Louisa Adams, among others, and is a frequent commentator on television and in other media on issues having to do with the role of the first lady. Her 2006 book, “A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation,” served as the basis for the film “Dolley Madison,” produced by PBS for its American Experience series....

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