Suffolk County Historical Society Announces New Director, Victoria Berger


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Appointment of Executive Director Victoria Berger

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After vetting several very qualified candidates, the Suffolk County Historical Society Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Victoria Berger as their new Executive Director. Victoria brings over 18 years of experience in combined corporate management and non-profit leadership roles, as well as serving as a historian and curator in her local community. 

Effective from January 26, 2016, Mrs. Berger filled the vacancy created by Kathy Curran, who has joined the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. Prior to this appointment, Victoria was Program Director of the Islip Arts Council, while serving as treasurer and curator of the Historical Society of Islip Hamlet (HSIH). A four-term former president of the HSIH, Victoria expanded the society to include historic exhibits displayed across five community locations. She also served as curator for the permanent exhibit at the Town of Islip History Museum at Islip Grange, Sayville, during her employment with the Town of Islip, as curator and assistant to the Town Historian. Her corporate leadership experience includes 12 years of combined management and buyer experience through a home improvement company.

“It’s an honor to join the Suffolk County Historical Society, especially in this 130th anniversary year,” Berger said. “As the museum continues to makes its mark as the central historic resource center of central/eastern Long Island, I am excited for the important work ahead.”

As executive director, Berger will oversee operations of the Suffolk County Historical Society museum and research library. Founded in 1886 to collect, preserve, and interpret the ongoing history of Suffolk County, the Suffolk County Historical Society houses collections consisting of over 20,000 objects that illustrate the history of Suffolk County and Long Island, reflecting more than 300 years of change. One of the immediate responsibilities will be the fundraising and oversight of construction of a new entrance wing that will provide handicap facilities and improved access throughout the building.

Berger is a graduate of Willsey Institute, where she studied art and interior design. Her community involvements have included serving as treasurer of the Brookwood Hall Restoration Committee, as well as being a member of the Seatuck Environmental Association board.

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Suffolk County Historical Society

Museum – Library – Art Gallery

300 W. Main St. Riverhead, NY 11901    Phone: 631.727.2881  Fax: 631.727.3467

www.suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org

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