Contact:  Kevin Graffagnino, Executive Director

Vermont Historical Society and Museum

60 Washington Street, Barre, VT  05641

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Vermont Historical Society Director Leaving


BARRE:  The executive director of the Vermont Historical Society will
leave the Society at the end of October.  Executive Director Kevin
Graffagnino has taken a position as the director of the William L.
Clements Library at the University of Michigan.


"The position at the Clements Library is my dream job," Graffagnino
said.  "It's really the only position that could have pulled me away
from Vermont Historical Society and Vermont."  


During Graffagnino's five years at the Society, the organization
received the prestigious National Medal of Honor from the Institute of
Museum and Library Services, opened the award-winning Freedom & Unity
exhibit at the Montpelier museum, and published several books on Vermont
history, including Freedom & Unity, Crossings, and Almost Utopia.  At
the same time, the Society has strengthened its participation in
Vermont's cultural heritage and cultural tourism circles, begun to bring
the State's Civil War flags into museum quality preservation storage,
and gained stronger financial support, both from the state and from
private donors who support 65% of the Society's budget.


Society president Sarah Dopp said "We will all miss Kevin, with his deep
knowledge of Vermont's heritage and his excellent administrative skills.
The Society has accomplished a great deal during his time here."  Dopp
stated that the trustees of the Vermont Historical Society have named
former trustee Nicholas Ward as Interim Executive Director for the
Society.  "Nick is the perfect leader to fill that role," Dopp
continued, "with his extensive knowledge of Vermont and its history, his
business acumen and organizational and development experience.  With
Nick at the helm, the board can conduct a comprehensive search for a new
executive director."  Graffagnino agreed, saying that he is looking
forward to working with Ward on the transition between now and the end
of October, which is when Graffagnino will leave the Society.


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