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Ontario County Historical Society seeks new leadership

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The Ontario County Historical Society is on the hunt for a new executive director following Cody Grabhorn’s announcement of his departure. Grabhorn, who has led the society since June 2021, expressed his tenure as “fulfilling and an honor,” praising the local community’s support. He will be moving on to direct the Mining and Rollo Jamison Museum in Wisconsin, a role that brings him closer to his family. Grabhorn’s departure marks the end of a transformative period for the historical society, during which it sought to align more closely with professional museum standards.

Under Grabhorn’s leadership, the historical society has made significant strides in enhancing its relevance within the community. Efforts included expanding programming to attract diverse age groups, from school-age children to young adults, and embracing innovative approaches like the History Mystery Traveling kits and virtual speaker series. These initiatives have revitalized traditional museum offerings and engaged new audiences, contributing to the society’s vibrancy.

The search for Grabhorn’s successor is now underway, with the society aiming to find a visionary leader who can continue its trajectory of growth and community engagement. The board president, Chris Hubler, acknowledged Grabhorn’s impactful contributions and expressed both happiness and sadness at his departure. The society remains committed to preserving and sharing Ontario County’s rich history, leveraging innovative programming to draw in the community.