The Warren County Historical Society has announced that Don Rittner will be its new Executive Director, effective September 1. He will replace Teri Rogers, who is retiring and who has served as the Society’s director since 2017 and oversaw the creation of its museum.
Rittner has experience in the history field as an historian, archeologist, educator, and author in the Capital Region. He has been the involved in several historic and environmental non-profit organizations, and he has authored over fifty short books.
WCHS President Dr. Stan Cianfarano said, “Don is a very experienced historian, and we are excited to have him join us as we proceed with our expansion to create the Joseph Warren Center for History and Leadership. He brings an array of skills that will be of great benefit to the Society. His connections in the history world throughout New York State will broaden our ability to preserve and promote the history and heritage of Warren County.”
“I’m very excited about helping to bring the history of Warren County to a worldwide audience and fortunate to get to work with an organization that has so many wonderful people working towards this goal,” Rittner aid in an announcement sent to the press.
“Promoting local history is an economic engine that many communities have not taken advantage of. We will be different. Warren County has played a major role in the development not only of Upstate New York, but many of its citizens were instrumental in helping to shape the American Experience. I’m looking forward to helping to make the Warren County Historical Society and Museum grow and prosper,” Rittner said.
Current exhibitions at the WCHS are: “Warren County 360: Celebrating Place and People,” “Dr. Joseph Warren – With Pen and Sword: The Founding Father Who Inspired our Fight for Liberty,” and “Off-Season: Motel Signs Along Routes 9 and 9N.”
The mission of the Warren County Historical Society is to preserve and promote the history and heritage of Warren County, New York and its environs by supporting research and preservation efforts and encouraging public participation. The Society is a non-profit tax-exempt organization chartered in 1997 and is staffed by volunteers who work under the direction of an Executive Director.
Its headquarters are located at 50 Gurney Lane in Queensbury. The WCHS offers a museum and displays, historical programs, a resource center, a book and gift shop, historical and genealogical research, archives and collections, publishing of local history books and a quarterly newsletter, a student internship program, historic preservation advocacy, and is currently expanding to create the Joseph Warren Center for History and Leadership.
The organization is funded by memberships, funding from Warren County and the Town of Queensbury, various grants, donation, and fundraisers and is open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am to 4pm, Fridays 10am to 4pm, and Saturdays 11am to 2pm. Call 518-743-0734 for more info, or visit their website.