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News Release    

January 27, 2006      

County Historian Selected

Poughkeepsie. . . Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus is pleased to announce his selection of Stanley H. Mersand of Pawling to fill the position of Dutchess County Historian.  Mr. Mersand formerly served as the Village of Pawling Historian.

According to County Executive Steinhaus, “Stan Mersand brings a wide array of valuable attributes to this position - education, experience, credentials, and most importantly the passion and love of both local and American history.  He shares my deep interest in working collaboratively with others and will reach out to our local historians, educational institutions, community groups and interested residents as we move forward.”

Mr. Mersand has worked in the field of history for 35 years, first as a local high school history teacher and more recently as a member of the History Department at Marist College.  At Marist, he has served as a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of History and currently serves as an Adjunct.  He has been honored as Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year and as Professor of the Year for the School of Liberal Arts.  Mr. Mersand has also taught history at Dutchess Community College, Ulster Community College, and Western Connecticut University in Danbury.  He has also taken grant writing workshops and maintained an involvement in historian related activities and associations.

“Dutchess County has a long and wonderful history, “ said Mersand.  “I am honored County Executive Steinhaus has selected me both to help present our history through various medium and also to help preserve our history.”

Mr. Mersand, a lifelong resident of Dutchess, and his wife Christine are the parents of two adult children, Michael and Rebecca.  He served his country during the Vietnam War as a member of the Army’s Field Artillery Intelligence.

The confirming resolution will be before the Dutchess County Legislature at its February meeting.

County Executive Steinhaus also plans to appoint an executive advisory group of community leaders to work with him and assist Mr. Mersand in the development of plans and priorities to help guide the activities of the office of the County Historian.  If interested, please forward a letter of interest to County Executive Steinhaus at 22 Market St. Poughkeepsie NY  12601.


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