Museum's choice of director is excellent
Prescott and Yavapai County enjoy a number of amenities that smaller communities don't have.
One of those resources is the Sharlot Hall Museum.
The museum has been without a director since July when then-Director Richard Sims left to take over the Montana Historical Society.
The Prescott Historical Society's board of directors took its time in finding a successor for Sims, and a look at the background of the newly hired director,
John Langellier, indicates the long wait was worth it.
Langellier, who accepted the job this past week, will leave a job as deputy director of the Ronald Reagan
Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif.
He has a doctorate in U.S. history with a concentration on military history; a master's degree from the University of San Diego in U.S. history with a concentration on the American West and Spanish borderlands and a secondary emphasis on film history; and a bachelor's degree from the University of San Diego in history/historical archaeology.
He has worked as director and curator of the Civil Engineer Corps and Seabee Museums in Port Hueneme, Calif.; director of publications and productions for the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angles; and director of the State Museums, Historical Research Library and Publications Division of the Wyoming Archives, Museums and Historical Department in Cheyenne, Wyo.
With Prescott's history as a frontier town with Fort Whipple and as a staging point for the Roughriders in the Spanish-American War, Langellier's education and experience seem ideal for Sharlot Hall.
The board has chosen wisely and well.