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New county historian looks forward to outreach, bicentennial

QUEENSBURY - A new Warren County Historian is now on the job, assisting people with genealogical research and similar duties of the countywide position.

Ann McCann of Queensbury, formerly an academic librarian, was chosen among a roster of candidates for the post.

She started work Dec. 9, replacing John Austin, a former county Family Court judge and noted history buff. Upon his retirement in August, Austin was accorded considerable acclaim and was named Historian Emeritus for the county.

McCann has been employed for years as a reference librarian. Most recently, she was a librarian for Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES, before which she was a librarian at Glens Falls Middle School, a post she assumed in 1990.

Beforehand, she served for a while as head of circulation at Crandall Library. Prior to that stint, she was a reference librarian for the state Legislature for several years. She also served in the 1990s as an editorial typist for the Post-Star.

McCann said her experience in research and her interest in history led her to apply for the county Historian post.

She said she's looking forward to helping plan events for Warren County's 200th anniversary, which is occurring in 2013. She said she also anticipates expanding the history-related outreach in the county as well as establishing or enhancing county history programming in the local schools.

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