Building a Place for History
Izzy Kasdin has served as the Historical Society of Princeton’s Executive Director since May 2016. She previously served as HSP’s Curator of Collections and Exhibitions. As the architect and executor of HSP’s strategic plan and long-range vision, Izzy is passionate about invigorating HSP’s activities and programs to push the boundaries of the traditional history museum model. Izzy received her BA in History at Princeton University, where she was awarded the Moses Taylor Pyne Prize, the highest award conferred on an undergraduate student. Following her graduation from Princeton, Izzy earned her MPhil (Masters) in Archaeological Heritage and Museums at the University of Cambridge in England as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Izzy’s museum commentary has been published in Exhibition, the journal of the National Association for Museum Exhibition. Izzy has also had experience working in a number of other historical organizations and museums, including the Ford’s Theatre Society in Washington, D.C. and the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. She completed her archaeological field school training in Colonial American material culture at the College of William and Mary in 2011. She serves on the Humanities Advisory Council at the Princeton Public Library, the Princeton University Campus Iconography Advisory Committee, and on the Board of Trustees for Exploration Summer Programs, a non-profit summer enrichment program for students in grades 2 through 12.