Jill Malusky has been named the new executive director of the East Hampton Historical Society. She will succeed Richard Barons, who has served in that role for the last 11 years, on March 21. Mr. Barons, who announced his retirement last year, will continue in the role of curator during the transition to Ms. Malusky's leadership of the society.
Ms. Malusky is director of visitor engagement at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, Ky. She grew up on a historical farm in rural Ohio, and previously managed a medieval hall in England.
"I am honored that the East Hampton Historical Society has bestowed this role on me, to care for the community's irreplaceable heritage," Ms. Malusky said in a statement issued by the historical society. "I have a deep appreciation and intrinsic understanding of the importance of these things and how to preserve them for future generations. I am looking forward to discovering untold stories in the historical records, objects, and buildings to share with the community, to help them connect with hidden aspects of their heritage and draw in new audiences."
"We are so excited to have Jill joining the staff," Mr. Barons said in the same statement. "She brings such enthusiasm and a new perspective on promoting all of the educational possibilities for our diverse assortment of properties. Her expertise in collections and preservation is impressive and we all look forward to a great future for our past."
Hollis Forbes, president of the historical society's board, thanked Mr. Barons for his commitment to the society. "He will be missed, but we look forward to Jill joining us and the community. Exciting times are ahead of us."