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Seward House Executive Director Peter Wisbey '86 has been appointed to the New York State Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission by Governover George Pataki. The commission, formed in February, will work in conjunction with a similar federal commission to commemorate, in 2009, the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth.

Wisbey, who earned his St. Lawrence degree in history, has over 15 years of experience as a museum curator and holds master's degrees from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture/University of Delaware. He has been executive director of Seward House in Auburn, New York, since 2000. Seward House, a designated National Historic Landmark, was the home of William Henry Seward (1801-1872), governor of New York, a state and U.S. senator and secretary of state to Presidents Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.

The work of the commission will include planning commemorative events; cataloging Lincoln-related holdings of public and private collections; coordinating exhibitions; offering seminars to schools about Lincoln's legacy; creating traveling exhibits; and advising the Heritage NY program on the creation of the New York State Lincoln Commemorative Marker Program.

Wisbey was elected to the leadership honorary Omicron Delta Kappa at St. Lawrence and was a member of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and the Singing Saints.

Posted: November 9, 2006

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