Barons to Stay On at East Hampton Historical Society

Richard Barons has been persuaded to stay on as executive director of the East Hampton Historical Society for two more years. Durell Godfrey

The East Hampton Historical Society's popular executive director, Richard Barons, who was to have retired in April, will instead remain on the job for another two years.

Mr. Barons said this week that he had been persuaded by "the enthusiasm the society's board of directors had for 'please stay a little longer, ' " and by the board's decision to hire an assistant director who will relieve him of various administrative chores, allowing him to devote the bulk of his time to "interpretation, collections, and exhibitions, all of which are the reasons I love to work at museums."

The more he thought about it, he said, "the more projects I felt I'd like to tackle or complete." Mr. Barons, who will be 70 in April, has been with the society for 10 years as of this month.

"We are thrilled that Richard Barons has agreed to extend his tenure," said Arthur (Tiger) Graham, president of the board.