Please join us in welcoming Deborah Arenz to the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia as the new Executive Director starting on February 7th.
With a wealth of diverse museum and history experience, Arenz brings a strong focus on curation, fund raising, library collections, historical preservation, and membership enhancement to her new role. With her concentration on building relationships and writing grants, she will lead the organization and fulfill AHSGR’s mission of “Honoring the Past · Embracing the Future.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Deb Arenz as our new Executive Director,” AHSGR President Karen Soeken said. “Deb brings experience, enthusiasm, and leadership skills that will benefit AHSGR in carrying out our mission. Her experience in preserving and promoting collections of artifacts, records, and library materials as well as her communication skills in both internal and public outreach will help our society to continue to move forward. We look forward to working in partnership with her on behalf of AHSGR.”
Arenz earned her Master of Arts degree in Museum Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her Bachelor of Arts in History from Oklahoma State University.
As a member of the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums, Arenz served as President from 2017 to 2019 and Vice President from 2015 to 2017. In addition, she is a member of the Institute for Museum and Library Services where she served as a peer reviewer for the Museums for America grant program. Arenz previously worked as Associate Director for Collections and Senior Museum Curator at the Nebraska State Historical Society, Director of Public Art Lincoln, and Executive Director of Mountain-Plains Museums Association.
“I am honored that the board has put their faith in me for this role,” said Arenz. “I am very positive about the people and the organization.”