New York State finally has a state historian

Historians in the News

HNN reader Bruce Dearstyne writes that "The position has been vacant since the last State Historian, Bob Weible, retired last summer. It's been a bit controversial because the State Education Department recruited and filled it at a lower grade level than Bob’s.” Click here to read Bob Weible's commentary on the controversy. 

Today, the Museum Association of New York (MANY) announces that Executive Director Devin Lander has accepted the position of New York State Historian with the New York State Office of Cultural Education.  The New York State Historian position is located in the New York State Museum and is tasked with helping to coordinate the historical field in the State.

"Devin has been a transformative leader for our organization, said MANY Board President Rob Cassetti. Devin has skillfully led the Museum Association of New York during a remarkable period of growth and transformation. Under his leadership we have seen revitalized engagement with our members, stakeholders and the museum community across the state. Devin’s focus on advocacy for museums at the State and Federal level has been significant. On behalf of the Board, we thank him for his service.

“My passion has been, and continues to be, our shared culture and heritage" said Lander.  "I am very thankful to the MANY Board and membership for giving me the opportunity to lead the organization during a period of growth.  The museum field is essential to the economy and culture of the State.  I look forward to continuing to support our vital museum and historical community in my new capacity as New York State Historian.”

Read entire article at The Museum Association of New York

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