Natalie Wysong has been named executive director of the Wauwatosa Historical Society. She succeeds Janel Ruzicka, who is retiring after leading the organization for more than a quarter century.

Wysong was communications specialist for the historical society until about two years ago. She and her husband, Ron Grass, have lived in Wauwatosa since 2001 with their sons Benny and Henry.

“I grew up on a Kansas farm, so I appreciate how the society can give newcomers a sense of place,” Wysong said. “Our research library is key.”

Ruzicka is remaining on the staff until Wysong hires an assistant. Ruzicka said she looks forward to retirement but intends to be an active volunteer with the society.

“I know we’re in good hands,” she said.

Ruzicka will be honored at a reception in January.

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