County appoints new historian, former director of Lee-Whedon Library in Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 August 2020 at 7:53 am

Catherine Cooper has been serving as Ridgeway town historian

Photo by Tom Rivers: Catherine Cooper speaks during an event in 2016 at Lee-Whedon Memorial Library in Medina, where she worked for 33 years, including 10 years as director, until her retirement in June.

ALBION – The Orleans County Legislature appointed Catherine Cooper as county historian on Wednesday. She succeeds Matt Ballard, who served in the post for more than five years.

Ballard took a position in North Carolina as assistant director of Collection Strategies at Davidson College.

Cooper is well versed in local history. She has been the Ridgeway town historian and retired in June after 33 years at Lee-Whedon Memorial Library in Medina. She was the director for 10 years, and hosted many historical programs and displays.

The historian position pays $11,500 annually. Cooper’s first day on the job is Sept. 14.

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