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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