Director of historical society leaving for Army institute post

March 07, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Jay Graybeal will leave the archives of the Historical Society of Carroll County next week for a post at the U.S. Army Military History Institute in Carlisle, Pa.

Graybeal, 45, led the Westminster-based society through some of its most significant expansion, including the acquisition of two historic buildings on two sides of its Main Street headquarters.

With the buildings, the society hopes to create a historic campus, expand its research library, public programs, collection storage and add offices for members and volunteers.

He has worked in the society 14 years, most recently as director of the museum and library.

Graybeal will become the military institute's photo archivist with the responsibility for more than 1 million images, some of which date to the mid-19th century and the Civil War.

"The institute is the primary research facility for the historical study of the U.S. Army," said Graybeal. "It is a very active institute with more than 9 million articles in its reference collection."

Graybeal has long been familiar with the institute's collection.

He completed an internship there in 1978 and has returned frequently to do research among its stacks and archives.

"This has long been a favorite place of mine," he said.

The Manchester resident has no plans to relocate residences, however.

"I won't be missing Carroll County," he said. "I will just have a longer commute to my job."

Graybeal, a frequent guest lecturer and contributor to local publications, said he will miss his involvement in the community.

He will resign officially March 15, with many projects unfinished.

"I am leaving them in capable hands of this staff," he said.

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