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Michael J. Eula

Genesee County Historian

Michael J. Eula was named Genesee County Historian and Records Management Officer in 2014 after spending three decades as a Professor of History and a legal scholar.  As County Historian and Records Management Officer, Dr. Eula oversees the Genesee County History Department (http://co.genesee.ny.us/departments/history/index.php)) an educational institution dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, interpretation, and promotion of archival materials relating to the County. The purpose of the department is to provide protection and a systematic control for the records created by Genesee County government and provides administrative service that ensures the legal disposition of obsolete records, identifies, preserves, and encourages the use of archival records, provides efficient records storage, and makes records available when needed. The goal of the department is to ensure that records are properly administered and available to local government officials, citizens, and researchers.

A New Jersey native, Dr. Eula received a BA in History (cum laude) from Rutgers University in 1980, a MA in History with Honors from the California State University, Fullerton in 1983, and a PhD in History from the University of California, Irvine in 1987.  In 1998, Dr. Eula received a JD from the Newport University School of Law and a LL.M in International Taxation Law in 2003.  Dr. Eula has published dozens of articles in both scholarly and popular publications and is the author of the book Between Peasant and Urban Villager: Italian Americans of New Jersey and New York, 1880-1980 (1993), and co-editor of the book American Ethnics and Minorities: Readings in Ethnic History (with Alfred Wrobel, 1990). Dr. Eula’s most recent publication is “Becoming American: The Journey of Italians in Genesee County, New York” published in the January 2018 issue of Western New York Heritage Magazine.  Besides being a busy academic and public scholar, Dr. Eula is also a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, the U.S. Naval Reserve, and the U.S. Army Reserve.

 In May of 2017, Dr. Eula helped to facilitate the donation of 28 documents related to Civil War General and Batavia native Emory Upton from a donor in Georgia. Upton was a West Point graduate who became famous for firing the first shot at the Battle of Bull Run in 1861. The documents are now available as part of the Genesee County History Department Collection managed by Dr. Eula (http://co.genesee.ny.us/departments/history/collections.php)  Dr. Eula lectures regularly on a wide variety of Genesee County history topics and a list of his recent talks (including summaries) can be found at http://co.genesee.ny.us/departments/history/recent_talks_by_the_county_historian.php)

Dr. Eula resides with his wife, Allison Leigh Eula, an avid reader, licensed& registered nurse, and student of political science and German at the University at Buffalo. The Eulas are proud of their three children - Jason and Catie, both students at the State University of New York - Buffalo State College, and Elizabeth, an honors student at Notre Dame High School in Batavia.