PORTLAND — Stephen Bromage will become the new executive director of the Maine Historical Society beginning June 1. He succeeds Richard D’Abate, who is retiring.

Bromage has been assistant director since 2006.

“He’s the very best choice,” Katherine Pope, president of the historical society’s board of trustees, said in a statement. “He has played a vital and integral role in the success and growth of MHS over the last 10 years. We have ambitious goals and Steve has the vision and creativity to lead MHS into the future.”  

Bromage has planned and implemented all public programs at MHS, increasing numbers and diversity through better communications and partnerships with many Maine cultural organizations, she said.

Bromage received his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Richmond, Va., and his master’s in American History from the University of Massachusett at Amherst, where he focused on 20th-century U.S. cultural history.