Historical Society Promotes Blackburn Director
OKLAHOMA CITY (JR) -- Dr. Bob Blackburn, who has been active in Oklahoma history publications, projects and organizations for more than 20 years, was elected Wednesday as the new executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society.
The Historical Society board of directors promoted Blackburn from deputy executive director, where he has served the Historical Society since 1990. As the new executive director, he replaces J. Blake Wade, who recently was elected director of the Oklahoma Capitol Complex and Centennial Commemoration Commission.
"We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Bob Blackburn available to lead the Historical Society staff at this crucial time," said Jack Haley, president of the board of directors. "We are in the midst of planning the new $46 million History Center near the state Capitol -- one of the most important projects in the 106-year history of the society.
"As deputy executive director for the last nine years, Bob has been active in literally every corner of the state as well as in the planning of the new History Center. He has supervised or worked on every project in the 35 museums and historic sites of the Historical Society and in aiding numerous other museums and preservation projects."
Blackburn, who joined the Historical Society staff in 1979, emphasized the statewide goals and operations in his acceptance of the executive director position.
"We are planning the new History Center to reflect the history of every part of Oklahoma -- the people and their aspirations as well as the historical places and events," said Blackburn. "It will emphasize the Historical Society's primary missions of preserving the history and heritage of Oklahoma and of educating the public about them. …