New executive director named to Albany County Historical Society
Hall-Saladino will oversee the operations of the Ten Broeck Mansion, a historic home built between 1797 and 1798 by General Abraham Ten Broeck and his wife, Elizabeth Van Rensselaer. The mansion is located in the Arbor Hill section of Albany and is the headquarters of the ACHA, a non-profit educational corporation dedicated to preserving, presenting and promoting the rich history and culture of Albany County.
Hall-Saladino brings noteworthy experience in museum education, collections management and public history to her new position. She has served as the Fulton County historian since 2013, a position she will continue to hold. She was the education director at the Shaker Heritage Society in Albany for five years, where she designed and implemented educational programs, workshops and lectures related to Shaker history.
“I have always love historic homes and find that family history is a great way to share local history,” said Hall-Saladino, who worked as docent at the Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden and the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, while a graduate student.
Dr. Lauren Kozakiewicz, a board member at the Fulton County Historical Society, has been deeply impressed with the creativity, energy and enthusiasm that Hall-Saladino has brought to her work as a county historian.
“Samantha has conceived, orchestrated, funded and executed a number of really innovative programs in our community,” said Kozakiewicz.
ACHA received approximately 30 applications for the position of executive director. Hall-Saladino was distinguished among the applicants for her exhaustive experience and impressive resume. Hall-Saladino is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Public Historians of New York State and Sacandaga Valley Arts Network. Erika Sanger, executive director of the Museum Association of New York, expects that these relationships will be a great advantage for the ACHA.
“Samantha possesses a unique combination of scholarship and winning personality,” said Sanger. “I expect the ACHA can look forward to a whole new set of partnerships with regional arts, cultural, historic and educational organizations.”
Hall-Saladino holds a bachelor’s degree in History and English from Russell Sage College and a master’s degree in museum studies from the University of New Hampshire. She has presented her own research at Researching New York and the annual meeting of the Museum Association of New York. She has experience working with a wide range of audiences, including school children and senior citizens. She also has experience with fundraising, event management, grant writing, collections management and social media marketing.
“The Albany County Historical Association has and will continue to play a unique and vital role in the promotion and preservation of our region’s rich history and culture. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead ACHA and continue and expand their important work,” said Hall-Saladino.
She replaces Jillian Altenburg, who has served as executive director of ACHA since 2014. During Altenburg’s tenure, she secured several major grants for the ACHA and spearheaded countless events and educational programs that elevated the organization.
“The Board of Trustees is grateful for her years of service and we wish her well in the next chapter of her life and career,” said Jennifer Dorsey, President of the Board of Trustees of the ACHA.