Mayor DeStefano Appoints Judith Schiff City Historian
(4/16/2012) Mayor John DeStefano Jr. has appointed lifelong New Haven resident Judith Schiff to serve as City Historian. Schiff’s appointment fills the vacancy created by the passing of long-time City Historian Richard Hegel in February. Hegel was New Haven’s first City Historian, appointed by Mayor Biago DiLieto.
Schiff is the Chief Research Archivist for Yale University, and specializes in Yale, New Haven, and American History. A lifelong New Haven resident, Schiff attended the former Benton School on Whalley Avenue, Sheridan Middle School, and Hillhouse High School. She left New Haven to attend Barnard College and Columbia University, and later returned to attend library school at Southern Connecticut State University.
Schiff is a founder and past president of the New England Archivists and of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater New Haven. She is widely published on matters regarding Yale and New Haven history, including the Michelin Travel Publications’ Green Guide to Yale and New Haven, and the chapter on the Social History of New Haven in New Haven: An Illustrated History, edited by Richard Hegel.
Schiff is a dedicated volunteer, and has served as past president of the New Haven League of Women Voters and the Yale University Women's Organization. Currently she serves on the governing boards of the Lindbergh Foundation, the New Haven Museum, and the Grove Street Cemetery.
“Professionally and as a volunteer, I enjoy researching and advising other researchers on history projects that enrich New Haven culturally and economically,” Schiff said. “I am deeply honored and wish to thank Mayor DeStefano and friends who supported me in achieving this recognition and look forward to contributing to the planning for the celebration of our city’s 375th birthday in 2013.”
“Judith Schiff is knowledgeable in all matters regarding New Haven history, and has consistently demonstrated a passion for New Haven’s past as well as a commitment to the betterment of its future,” said Mayor John DeStefano.
Schiff’s appointment expires December 31, 2013. The City Historian is the “go to” person for questions regarding local history. The position is unpaid.
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