Members of the historical community from across New York State – including former State Historian Robert Weible, who retired in July – had been quietly advocating for a stronger, more independent State Historian with a focus on Public History.
The last independent State Historian was Louis Tucker, whose official title was Assistant Commissioner for State History in the State Education Department. Austerity efforts in the 1970s led to the State Historian position being moved into the State Museum.
Robert Weible, who began serving as State Historian in 2008, held the official title of State Historian and Chief Curator of the State Museum with the management level pay grade of MC-2. The next State Historian is being hired with the official title of Senior Historian at the pay grade of 22, and will report to the Chief Curator of the State Museum. The Chief Curator vacancy created when Weible left has been filled by Jennifer Lemak.
The State Historian position was announced February 24, 2016; applications are due by March 16. The position announcement was posted online.
Further Reading on the State Historian
Former State Historian Bob Weible wrote about the position for The New York State History Blog just last week, including a short history of the position.
Dr. Bruce W. Dearstyne, who served on the staffs of the New York State Office of State History and the State Archives, recently wrote about the importance of the State Historian to the State’s history community.
All stories on The New York History Blog about the New York State Historian can be found here.
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