Here is the official announcement from Historical Society director Joseph Lucas (which I received today via e-mail):
I’m pleased to announce that the Historical Society’s new president is Heather Cox Richardson, professor of history at Boston College. Professor Richardson is an extraordinarily accomplished scholar, teacher, and writer with a passion for communicating historical knowledge to her students and the wider public. She has published several critically acclaimed books of American history: The Greatest Nation of the Earth: Republican Economic Policies during the Civil War (Harvard University Press, 1997); The Death of Reconstruction: Race, Labor, and Politics in the Post-Civil War North, 1865-1901 (Harvard University Press, 2001); West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War (Yale University Press, 2007); and Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre (Basic Books, 2010).
Professor Richardson is also a frequent contributor to the Historical Society’s blog. In 2009 she won the Best Series of Posts award from Cliopatria for “Richardson’s Rules of Order,”an excellent an often hilarious guide for students in college-level history classes.