Happy Birthday To Rye’s Harold Holzer

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Harold Holzer turns 65 on Wednesday.

RYE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Rye’s Harold Holzer!

Harold Holzer, a resident of Rye, turns 65 on Wednesday.

Holzer, a scholar of President Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the American Civil War Era, was born Feb. 5, 1949. He served for nine years as co-chairman of the U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, appointed to the commission by President Bill Clinton in 2000 and elected co-chair by his fellow commissioners.

In June 2010, he was elected chairman of the commission's successor organization, The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation. In his professional career, Holzer serves as senior vice president for Public Affairs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where he is chief spokesman and holds responsibility for government relations, admissions, visitor services, and multicultural audience development at the nation's largest art institution.

In 2012, he was named a Roger Hertog Fellow at The New-York Historical Society and served as a script consultant to the Steven Spielberg film, "Lincoln."

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