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DR. PAUL D’AMBROSIO ELECTED PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE FARMERS’ MUSEUM, INC. AND THE NEW YORK STATE HISTORICAL


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DR. PAUL D’AMBROSIO ELECTED PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE FARMERS’ MUSEUM, INC. AND THE NEW YORK STATE HISTORICAL
Succeeds D. Stephen Elliott who is the new Chief Executive at The Minnesota Historical Society

Cooperstown, NY (March 28, 2011) The election of Dr. Paul D’Ambrosio as President of The Farmers’
Museum/New York State Historical Association was announced today by Jane
Forbes Clark, Chairman of The Farmers’ Museum, Inc. and Dr. Douglas E.
Evelyn, Chairman of The New York State Historical Association, effective
April 1, 2011.

Dr. D’Ambrosio succeeds D. Stephen Elliott as President and C.E.O. Mr.
Elliott, who served nearly six years as President, has been appointed
Director and Chief Executive Officer of The Minnesota Historical
Society. 

In a joint statement, Jane Forbes Clark and Douglas Evelyn said,
“although we are sorry that Steve Elliott is leaving Cooperstown after
six very productive years, we have a most capable successor in Paul
D’Ambrosio.  Paul’s leadership, experience and creativity have been on
ample display at The Farmers’ Museum and The Fenimore Art Museum, and we
are fortunate to have such a worthy and skilled museum professional
within our ranks to promote to our highest administrative position.”

Mr. Elliott stated that “it has been an honor to work with the very
capable and dedicated staffs of the New York State Historical
Association and The Farmers’ Museum and I look forward to applying what I
have learned from my colleagues in Cooperstown to my forthcoming work
with another of America’s premier history institutions.”

Paul D’Ambrosio has been associated with The Farmers’ Museum, The New
York State Historical Association and its Fenimore Art Museum for 26
years.  He has been Vice President and Chief Curator since 1998 and has
been responsible for organizing and traveling exhibits, acquisitions,
publications, research, academic study and the care of objects.  Dr.
D’Ambrosio has also taken the lead role in the adoption of the many new
forms of social media at
the Museums, thereby making their collections and programs open and
accessible.  In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor of Museum Studies
at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, a Member of the American Folk Art
Society and has served as a Museum Panelist for the New York State
Council on the Arts. 

A nationally recognized expert of American Folk Art, Dr. D’Ambrosio is
the author of Ralph Fasanella’s America, numerous exhibition catalogs
and articles, and co-author of Folk Art’s
Many Faces.  He holds a B.A. from SUNY Cortland, an M.A. from SUNY
Oneonta’s Cooperstown Graduate Program and a Ph.D. from Boston
University.  Dr. D’Ambrosio, his wife Anna and their family reside in
New Hartford, New York.

The Farmers’ Museum, founded in 1943, is an educational organization
devoted to presenting the lives of ordinary people and the agricultural
and trade processes of rural 19th century
New York State; it is one of the oldest and most popular continuously
operating outdoor museums in the United States.  Founded in 1899, The
New York State Historical Association preserves and exhibits objects and
documents significant to New York history and American culture.  The
Association is home to The Fenimore Art Museum that features collections
of American folk art, 19th century American fine art, and the acclaimed
Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art.

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