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Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Historian Johanna Porr-Yaun has been appointed to the Government Historians Committee for the National Council on Public History (NCPH).
As a member of the committee, Porr-Yaun will serve as a representative for practitioners working in government, advocate for the needs and interests of the group within the broader public history community, and recruit presentation proposals to highlight government history work at annual meetings.
Her two-year term will begin in September of 2022.
“With so much uncertainty about the future of history education in schools, it’s more important than ever to bolster public history initiatives,” Porr-Yaun said. “I look forward to lending my expertise as a government historian to ensure that the National Council on Public History is successful in making best practices and professional policies available to practitioners in the field.”
The NCPH is dedicated to making the past useful in the present and to encouraging collaboration between historians and their publics. The council establishes professional standards, ethics, and best practices; provides professional development opportunities; recognizes excellence in a diverse range of public history activities; fosters networking and a sense of community among public history practitioners, and supports history education.
Porr-Yaun has served as Orange County Historian since 2014. She is the chair of the Orange County Historical Collections Committee and the Orange County Semiquincentennial Commission and is a member of both the Communities Council representing Orange County at Hudson River Valley Greenway and the Committee of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. In addition to her work in Orange County, she also teaches Historic Preservation at SUNY Westchester.