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April 27, 2015

Ben Carlson,, 415-497-9342

GLBT Historical Society announces new direction for its archives and museum

San Francisco, April 27, 2015 -- Since its founding in 1985, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society (GLBTHS) has emerged as an international leader in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of GLBT history. Thirty years later, the GLBTHS hosts one of the largest archives of its kind in the world, and is home to the only stand-alone museum of GLBT history and culture in the United States.

In the months ahead, the GLBTHS will begin a new phase as an organization. Effective May 19, 2015, Paul Boneberg, the Historical Society's executive director for the past eight years, will step down.

"It has been immensely rewarding to hold the position of executive director," Boneberg said. "I am proud of the organization's accomplishments during my tenure including the opening of the GLBT History Museum and the growth of the archives."

"We are grateful to Paul for his tenure as executive director and for his ongoing commitment to GLBT history," GLBTHS Board of Directors Co-Chair Clare Sears, Ph.D., said. "Under his leadership, the GLBT Historical Society has continued to grow as a prestigious and necessary organization for GLBT people all over the world."

At a time when soaring rents have endangered the viability of the GLBTHS' archives in downtown San Francisco and its museum in the Castro district, Boneberg has been instrumental in securing an affordable temporary home for the museum in the Castro, and for laying the groundwork for a sustainable plan for moving its archives.

"Because of this strong framework, the GLBT Historical Society is well-equipped to dream, design, and make possible a permanent home for both its archives and museum," Sears said.

In the months ahead, the GLBTHS will begin the work to choose Boneberg's successor. The Board of Directors will focus on choosing an executive director who can help to move the organization into a next phase-to achieve the GLBTHS' long-term strategic goals of creating a thriving, sustainable, permanent and combined home for both its museum and archives.

In the meantime, the Board of Directors will appoint Daryl Carr to lead the organization while the GLBTHS builds a strong foundation to attract a new executive director. A member of the Board of Directors since November 2013, Carr has recently stepped down from his role as the Director of Marketing and Communications at The Contemporary Jewish Museum, a position he has held since January 2011. There he provided executive level leadership to help establish a new museum in San Francisco. Previously, Carr was Associate Director of Marketing and Communications at San Francisco Ballet. He holds an M.A. in English from Brigham Young University, and was a Ph.D. candidate in American Indian Studies at Florida State University. Carr will step down from the GLBTHS Board of Directors to take this position.

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