Oneida County History Center director leaving post


UTICA, NY (WUTR-TV) — Nearly one dozen years after assuming the role, Brian Howard will step down as executive director of the Oneida County History Center.

The center’s board of trustees are conducting a national search to fill the top job, as Howard prepares for departure on Dec. 31.

“I’m going to miss the enthusiasm of the people of Utica and Oneida County for their history,” said Howard, taking on a career opportunity at the North Andover Historical Society in Massachusetts.

Since 2007, Howard say has honed in on public events, workshops, presentation growth and opportunities for students.

“When I first got here a program, if we drew 25 to 30 people, that was a really well attended program. These days, our programs are drawing 40, 50, 60 people on a regular basis,” Howard said.

Referencing the director’s role, Howard says, “we are in a unique position to provide a road map forward for people who are either looking to develop parts of this community or are curious about its past or their family’s past.”

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