Dr. Page Talbott Appointed President and CEO of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania
The Board of Councilors of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) are pleased to announced that Dr. Page Talbott has been appointed President of the Society, effective February 10, 2014. With more than 40 years of experience as a consultant to museums, libraries, historic sites, and non-profits, Dr. Talbott was the clear choice for the position. She brings with her a deep understanding of and commitment to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, having been a longtime member of HSP’s Board of Councilors and interim president and CEO since April 2013.
Currently a principal at the consulting firm Remer & Talbott, Dr. Talbott specializes in creating innovative exhibitions, writing interpretive and furnishings plans for historic sites, and assisting small and mid-size organizations with strategic planning and organizational development. Most recently, she developed and planned the new Franklin Court Museum at Independence National Historical Park, which opened last August. She also was instrumental in the development of the Civil War Road Show, a traveling exhibition that toured throughout Pennsylvania during the anniversary of the Civil War.
Dr. Talbott has a long relationship with and understanding of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. She has served as a member of the Board of Councilors of HSP for 16 years, including two terms as Chair of the Collections and Programs Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee. As Interim President and CEO, Talbott has overseen the completion of a $5.7 million renovation project, which has improved service for library researchers and ensured the protection of the archive and the integrity of the Society’s historic building.
Commenting on her appointment, Dr. Talbott said: “This is an exciting time for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and for the history and heritage community in the region, as we consider opportunities for strategic partnerships, enhanced access to our collections, and innovative programming that will bring new visitors to our sites. HSP has an engaged, knowledgeable, and committed board and a smart and dedicated staff, and I look forward to joining them as we begin to develop a new strategic plan and a vision for the future.”
The Society’s Board of Councilors agrees that Dr. Talbott is a proven leader with the experience and enthusiasm to lead the Society. “For the past 40 years, Dr. Talbott has worked closely with historic societies and organizations across the region,” said Bruce Fenton, chairman of HSP’s Board of Councilors. “She has extraordinary skills in exhibition, interpretive and strategic planning, collections management, and grant writing, all of which will benefit HSP tremendously. The Board of Councilors is thrilled that Dr. Talbott has accepted the position and we look forward to working with her in coming years to chart the future of the Historical Society.”
Dr. Talbott holds a B.A. from Wellesley College, an M.A. from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. Among her career highlights are her role as associate director of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary and chief curator of Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World, the international traveling exhibition commemorating the anniversary of Franklin’s 300th birthday. She has also served as senior project manager to assist the Barnes Foundation with its collection move from Merion to Philadelphia; consulting curator for the Moore College of Art & Design; consultant for the Philadelphia documentary company History Making Productions; and planning consultant for dozens of historical organizations including Historic Morven, the Lancaster County Historical Society, and Historic Germantown Preserved. Dr. Talbott is the author and editor of several books and monographs, as well as dozen of articles on a variety of topics, ranging from American fine and decorative arts to cultural history.