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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.

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