The American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) announced today the appointment of Dr. Annie Polland as the organization’s new Executive Director. Polland comes to AJHS from New York City’s much acclaimed Tenement Museum where she served as Executive Vice President for Programs & Interpretation.
At the Tenement Museum, Polland was responsible for programs and content for over 250,000 annual visitors. During her tenure, museum visitation increased by 70 percent. She also led the National Endowment for the Humanities’ first Digital Storytelling at Museums conference. Polland holds a PhD in History from Columbia University and is the author of several books on Jewish history, including The Emerging Metropolis: New York Jews in the Age of Immigration (NYU Press, 2012), which she co-authored with Daniel Soyer, as well as Landmark of the Spirit (Yale University Press, 2008) about the famous Eldridge Street Synagogue.