Putnam History Names Executive Director

Museum hires county historian

The Putnam History Museum on Dec. 18 named Sarah Johnson, the Putnam County historian, as its executive director. She succeeds Rachel Ornstein, who left when her partner received a job offer in Michigan.

Johnson will join the museum on Jan. 2. She will oversee exhibitions, development and programming.

Johnson has been the county historian since 2014 and previously worked with the Bard Graduate Center, the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation and the Smithsonian. She holds a doctorate in historical and critical studies from the University of Brighton.


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