The History Museum on the Square is changing up its leadership.
John Sellars, who led the museum's multiyear relocation project to Park Central Square from Historic City Hall in the 2010s, has been named executive director emeritus, according to a news release. On March 1, museum employee Katie Turer is slated to be promoted to executive director.
Sellars has had leadership and volunteer experience at the museum since its founding in 1976. After leading the museum to its new home on the square in 2019, he helped it gain recognition as the best new attraction in a USA Today reader poll. Sellars also had a beverage industry career before retiring in 2004.
“There is never a best time for these things, but there is a right time," Sellars said in the release. "I have spent the last 17 years doing something that I am so proud of. I know that the wonderful team taking over will only make it a greater asset to the community and tell many more stories about this place we call home.”
A history museum employee since 2019, Turer last year became community outreach and visitor experience manager, overseeing educational offerings and community partnerships, as well as the museum’s operational strategy and programming.
“John has been such an impactful leader, and I plan to continue the level of excellence he has established," Turer said in the release. "We are very grateful that he plans to remain actively engaged in the museum.”
The History Museum on the Square has galleries depicting Route 66, the Civil War in Springfield, Wild Bill Hickok and the American West and other historical events.
The Forward SGF comprehensive plan was born from the input of residents, and one message that came through loud and clear was their desire for connection.