April 3, 2015
Southold Historical Society Director to Depart Position in May
Southold, NY -- The Southold Historical Society announces with regret the pending departure of its long-time Director, Mr. Geoffrey K. Fleming, who held the position for 12 years having been appointed in 2003. Fleming, who was raised on Long Island in the hamlet of St. James, will assume a new position as Director of the Huntington Museum of Art, located in the city of Huntington, West Virginia.
“It has been a good run,” stated Fleming. “I am pleased with all the progress we have made here in Southold, especially the work done to preserve our collection and maintain our buildings. I am very proud of our popular lecture series, our award winning publications program, and that we now offer more programs than many other similarly sized institutions on the North Fork,” he continued.
Fleming oversaw major renovations to the Society’s historic buildings, including the Society’s Nautical Museum at the Horton Point Lighthouse, the restoration of what today is the Reichert Family Center exhibition building, in addition to the repainting and reroofing of nearly every building the Society owns. While at the Society, Fleming oversaw the design of a number of new publications, several of which won awards for the quality of their research, including the landmark book, “A Shared Aesthetic: Artists of Long Island’s North Fork.” He also reorganized a number of the Society’s business activities, helped to found the Fundraising Committee and created the first website for the Society.
Fleming also found time to serve with other local and regional organizations while in Southold. He was a founding board member of the Brecknock Hall Foundation, which oversaw the restoration of Brecknock Hall in Greenport, one of the largest stone mansions built during the 19th century on eastern Long Island. He served as a 3-term president and long-time board member of the Long Island Museum Association (L.I.M.A.), and served for nearly a decade as the Chair of the NYS Documentary Heritage Program Committee for Long Island.
Herb Adler Jr., the current President of the Society, chaired the original committee that hired Fleming. “He achieved all I expected and wanted from a director of the Southold Historical Society,” stated Adler. “He will be missed.”
For further information, please contact the Society at (631) 765-5500.