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May 15, 2018 > Historical society director to step down

Historical society director to step down

Submitted By Marcess Owings

Longtime executive director of the Hayward Area Historical Society (HAHS) A.T. Stephens recently announced he will retire on June 30. Until the Board of Directors conducts a thorough process to identify the historical societyÕs next executive, the museumÕs long-time curator and archivist Diane Curry will serve as HAHSÕs Interim Director.

"My decision to retire this spring has not been an easy one, but now is the right time for something a little, if not completely different,Ó said Stephens. ÒAfter four decades as a museum practitioner, IÕm looking forward to being an expert tourist. I am honored to have helped HAHS and the greater Hayward community realize the dream of a Museum of History and Culture in our hometown. I am confident the exceptional staff and the Board of Directors will continue the vital work of the Hayward Area Historical Society.Ó

During his tenure, Stephens raised the profile of the Historical Society as a receptive and active partner with many of HaywardÕs civic organizations, including master planning with Hayward Area Recreation and Park District, supporting bond measure campaigns by the parks and Hayward Unified School District, advocating for HaywardÕs arts and music nonprofits, and serving on the Board of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to his work at HAHS, Stephens is a board member of the Hayward Chamber of Commerce, a co-director of the chamberÕs Nonprofit Alliance, and a member of the Hayward Rotary Club. He will finish his year as president of the Hayward Rotary June 30.

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