Cory Robinson has been promoted to curator of history at Fort Concho, taking responsibility for the site’s thousands of artifacts, their care and their use in programs and exhibits.

Cory has served Fort Concho for 13 years as a guide and currently as the visitor and volunteer services coordinator. He will assume his new position effective Sept. 1.

A native of Bronte and a graduate of Angelo State University with a degree in history, Robinson earned his master’s degree in history from ASU, writing his thesis on a Fort Concho post surgeon, Dr. S.L.S. Smith. Robinson is serving as an adjunct professor of history at Angelo State this fall.

“I have always had a passion for history, especially with material culture,” Robinson said, “and I look forward to working with the fort’s rich collections to make them more visible to our community and our many guests.”

Fort Concho Manager Bob Bluthardt noted Robinson’s many accomplishments in displays, research and the creation of dozens of high-quality replica clothing and equipment items. “Many of his creations reflect hours of research and handiwork, looking identical to the original piece,” Bluthardt said.

The position Robinson is assuming has been open since 2008, when longtime Curator of Collections Kathy Roland retired.

“Kathy left our collections in good shape,” Bluthardt said, “but we needed to move ahead with new acquisitions and programs, so we’ve broadened the duties and look forward to Cory’s enthusiasm and ideas.”

Robinson noted he’ll have the best of both areas in collections and interpretation/education.

“I enjoy working with history, our guests and our volunteers, and this new position will let me combine them all,” he said.