Izzy Kasdin, who served as executive director of the Princeton Historical Society (HSP) since May 2016, will step down at the end of the month.

Since 2007, Kasdin has been involved with HSP as a volunteer, research assistant and curator before assuming this leadership role.

A native of Princeton, Kasdin will enter the next phase of his career in public history.

“We have been very fortunate to have Izzy at the helm of HSP for such a long and important time. Izzy has had a huge impact on the organization, reframing its mission and vision for the visitor experience at Updike Farmstead, creating dozens of new programs offered across the city and developing invaluable partnerships with other community institutions, Paul Pessutti, chairman of the board, said in a prepared statement. is at the start of what we are sure will be a long and successful career. We are very excited for her next role and opportunity and are proud that HSP is still where she started. While his expert leadership and passion for the history of Princeton will be missed, the entire Board wishes him the best in his future endeavours.

“HSP has shaped so much who I am as a public history and museum professional. I will never forget everything I learned working at this wonderful institution in this deeply engaged community,” Kasdin said in the statement. “I am eternally grateful to HSP for giving me the chance to influence the institution. I can’t wait to see what’s next for this important community asset.

Since Kasdin informed the HSP Board of Directors of her intention to leave, she and the Board have worked to administer a comprehensive transition plan, ensuring that HSP’s important history education programs are continuing uninterrupted, according to the statement.

Leanne Hunter, a current HSP staff member, will step in as interim director while a search committee, made up of HSP board members and staff, will conduct a national search for Kasdin’s replacement.

“Thanks to Izzy’s able leadership, HSP will emerge from the pandemic in a position of strength,” Pessutti said in the statement. “Princeton’s history is incredibly rich, and there are so many programming opportunities and partnerships. Taking over from Izzy and leading HSP in this next phase of its legacy as a historic organization in the Princeton community will be a tremendous opportunity for an accomplished cultural leader.

Founded in 1938, the Princeton Historical Society (HSP) is a museum and research center dedicated to interpreting the history of Princeton. HSP’s headquarters, Updike Farmstead, is listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places and is located in the Princeton Battlefield/Stony Brook Historic District. For more information, visit www.princetonhistory.org.