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New Ad’k Museum director arrives

The Adirondack Museum’s new director, David Kahn, assumed his role Sept. 5.

The Adirondack Museum’s new director, David Kahn, assumed his role Sept. 5.

— Relocating from San Diego to the Adirondacks to begin his tenure as director for the Adirondack Museum, David Kahn said he’ll be a lot closer to home.

Kahn started his new, full-time job Sept. 5.

Growing up in Manhattan and Long Island, Kahn’s career has mostly been in the northeast. He worked from 1982 to 1996 as director at the Brooklyn Historical Society, then was director of the Connecticut Historical Society from 1996 to 2006.

“I plan to be here for a good long time,” he said.

Though he’s fond of the northeast U.S., the Adirondacks are new to him. He hasn’t had much experience with outdoor pursuits, he said. He enjoys bicycle riding, though the terrain is a bit more hilly than he’s used to.

Kahn said the museum has incredible collections, and its mission focusing on man’s interaction with the wilderness is novel in the museum world.

The museum board is looking for new ways to get the public interested in its offerings, and Kahn is eager to get involved in redesigning exhibits and coming up with new ones.

Kahn would like to make the collections more accessible to the public. Kahn and the museum librarian have talked about making some of the materials available online.

“There are always new frontiers,” he said.

He’s not yet sure if he’ll live locally. As he settles in, he said he’ll take advantage of housing on campus that he’ll take advantage of at first.

Aside from his time in Brooklyn and Connecticut, he served as director of the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans, and Vice President of the New York State Association of Museums from 1992 to 1995.

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