Andrew Schmitt has served as the Richmond Town webmaster since 1997, launching 4 major versions of the site since then, with the most recent one in 2014.
As an information technology professional with a deep interest in history, whose roots reach back to the 1850s in Staten Island, Andrew has been a volunteer at Historic Richmond Town since 1984. Starting at age 12, Andrew was a participant in the apprentice program, working in several trades such as printing, harnessmaking, and carpentry. Andrew later worked as the Job Printer, progressing from journeyman to master craftsman over a period of several years.
Although Andrew is now an information technology leader at a major life sciences company, he continues to donate his time and resources to make the Society a better place to visit - on site and on the web. In fact, many of the typography terms and concepts learned as an apprentice in the Job Print Shop at Historic Richmond Town apply to the very modern craft of web design.
Andrew has volunteered at many major events over the years including Richmond County Fair, Candlelight Tours, Old Home Day, Revolutionary War and Civil War weekends, and Traditional Dinners. Andrew has given his time in a variety of ways – from operating the printing press in the Job Print Shop to helping with technology needs such as designing the Richmond Town video cover. Andrew continues to volunteer in capacities beyond the role of webmaster, serving as a SIHS Directors' Council Member and the Chairperson of the SIHS Technology Committee.
Andrew was awarded two service awards from the Staten Island Historical Society:
- Raymond C. Fingado Award for outstanding service in administration, November 2004.
- Vernon B. Hampton Award for outstanding service in education, November 1997.