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Historic Ithaca, Inc. announced that Dr. John S. Lewis has been selected as its next executive director. Previously he has served as executive director of the Preservation Association of the Southern Tier, headquartered in Binghamton, NY, and as executive director of Museums Alaska, a statewide museum association.

As a partner in Lewis Raymer Consulting, he helped communities identify and preserve historic places through historic surveys and nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Lewis holds a doctorate in American History from the University of Kentucky and has taught at universities in Alaska and Tennessee.

.President of Historic Ithaca’s Board of Directors Julee Johnson said, “As the organization begins to celebrate its 50th year anniversary, we’re very pleased to have an individual with John’s credentials and experience in our key leadership role.”

Historic Ithaca’s new executive director, John Lewis, is welcomed by interim director Sara Johnson. (Provided photo)
Historic Ithaca’s new executive director, John Lewis, is welcomed by interim director Sara Johnson. (Provided photo)

Lewis explained, “I have a deep love for the beauty and historic character of Ithaca and am excited to be taking on this position at such a significant period in downtown’s development. I also have a strong interest in rural landscapes and, as such, I’m looking forward to expanding the public’s interest in preservation throughout all of Tompkins County.”

Lewis will start on February 16.

Founded in 1966, Historic Ithaca promotes the preservation and appreciation of the historic buildings and neighborhoods of Ithaca and Tompkins County through education, advocacy and action.

Historic Ithaca kicks off a year-long 50th anniversary celebration on March 5 at 2 PM at The History Center with a panel discussion entitled “ Saved from the Wrecking Ball: Preserving the Clinton House and Other Stories from Historic Ithaca’s Early Historic Preservation Days.”

Featured speakers will be Carol Sisler, Victoria Romanoff, Michael Bacon and Fred Schwartz. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Julee Johnson at Historic Ithaca, (607) 273-6633, or

The programs of Historic Ithaca are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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