Historian and award-winning author Eli Paul has joined the Kansas City Public Library as the manager of the Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Paul, author of the Robert M. Utley Award-winning book Blue Water Creek and the First Sioux War, brings over 30 years of national experience as a historian and museum director to his new position, most recently as vice president of museum programs and museum director of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial. He served in a similar capacity as museum director of the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after a 22-year run as senior historian/deputy editor at the Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln.
“I’m so happy and pleased to be a part of the Kansas City Public Library,” Paul said. “It has a great regard in the community and well deserved. I’ve had the privilege of being associated with some great historical collections. Missouri Valley Special Collections is on par with all of those great collections as well.”
In his new position, Paul will oversee the metro area’s premier resource for Missouri state and local history. He will lead in collaborative projects with the history community in developing, preserving, and promoting the collections of the Missouri Valley Room, as well as to develop history-related programming and exhibits.