The Aurora Historical Society has appointed its first director, Robert Lowell Goller, currently the town and village historian.
Goller began his duties with the society earlier this month and will continue to serve as town historian, a post he has held since January 2007.
“Rob’s dedication to our community and its history, along with his educational and work experiences, make him the ideal candidate for this position,” said Susan McBurney, president of the Aurora Historical Society.
“We are excited to have him on board as we expand programs and continue our mission to preserve and share the history of Aurora,” she said.
The hiring of a director fulfills a longtime goal of the society’s board of directors.
Goller, 36, is a former editor of the East Aurora Advertiser and most recently, the editor of the Orchard Park Press.
Among upcoming projects are the expansion of the National Historic Landmark Millard Fillmore House Museum site at Main Street and Shearer Avenue in the village, which will include a statue of the 13th president and replica of his law office.
In addition, the society’s town museum is being relocated to the new Town Hall, at the Southside Municipal Center on Gleed Avenue, from the former Town Hall on the Roycroft Campus at Main and South Grove streets.
The society also owns and operates the Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum on Oakwood Avenue. The society’s collection includes the Margaret Evans Price murals at the Aurora Theatre and the Hamlin Farm judge’s stand on the grounds of Absolut Care of Aurora Park nursing home on Main Street.
“I am very much looking forward to helping the Historical Society continue to enhance its great museums and educational programs,” Goller said. “This new position brings together many of my passions: history, research, writing, and, of course, East Aurora.”