We particularly pride ourselves on being a small organization with large impact on the community.
We truly love what we do, and we hope to sea you soon!
Please make an appointment to meet with staff. The general office line is (631) 367-3418.
We truly love what we do, and we hope to sea you soon!
Please make an appointment to meet with staff. The general office line is (631) 367-3418.
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As a recent graduate from Hofstra University’s Honors College, with a dual degree in History and Religion and a minor in Marketing, I am extremely excited to have joined the Whaling Museum team as a Museum Educator. During my undergraduate career, I conducted many intensive research projects with the intent to pursue a career in the museum industry. In addition to this I have experience working as a camp counselor and program instructor for Summer Day-Camps throughout Nassau and Suffolk County and I believe these past experiences have given me great insight with working with children in an educational and interactive way. In addition to the Whaling Museum, I conduct research and volunteer at several museums/historical sites throughout the metro-New York Area.
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I'm so excited to have the opportunity to work for the Whaling Museum at Cold Spring Harbor. My role at the museum is to educate the community on the wonderful history that the museum has to offer. I come from a health and wellness background and have been educating the community in Suffolk County for the past fourteen years.
I started working as a community volunteer in Nassau County when I was 14 years old and continue to bring warmth, knowledge and enthusiasm to the people I teach. I love to learn new things and I love to make people smile.
I graduated from St. Joseph's College with a B.S. degree in Community Health and Human Services with a certificate in teaching.
I love to hike, enjoy boating and spending time with my family.
The Whaling Museum team is truly an amazing group of people. The staff here come from many diverse backgrounds, but we all have the same goal of bringing maritime
history alive through art, education and experience.
As a lifelong Huntington resident, I
enjoy sharing our amazing museum with others, and bringing local groups and individuals to us. Previously working in journalism, photography and teaching allows me to use a unique set of skills to further advocate for our museum and the community surrounding it. I’m always thrilled when people come through our doors for the first time and wonder at the fascinating stories we tell in our small (but significant) space!
Before joining the staff in 2013, I had received my BA in Communications and Studio Art from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA and my MA in Art Education from LIU Post. My love of photography as enabled me to exhibit in several juried and solo exhibitions along the East Coast, including having a piece locally in the Heckscher Museum’s Biennial.
When not at the museum or shooting new work, I enjoy taking neighborhood walks with my husband, son, and our two dogs, as well as an odd set of hobbies which includes quilling, Russian punch needle, paper bead making, tatting, and sewing.
Collections & Exhibits Coordinator
I am very excited to join the Whaling Museum team!
History museums draw connections between the present and the past and create communities, particularly a museum with as long a history as this one.
One of my passions is material culture and I look forward to exploring the variety of ways that the whaling industry affects everyday objects today.
I grew up on Long Island and have always been interested in museums. While completing my BA at the University of Pittsburgh I studied Art History and Anthropology where I learned to see beauty in the design and materials of all kinds of objects. I recently completed my MA in Museum Studies at George Washington University where I studied Decorative Arts and Collections Management. I have previously worked at the White House Historical Association where I was able to translate my personal love of history into engaging exhibitions and relevant exhibitions. At the National Museum of Natural History I learned how to best protect, store, and document collection objects of all kinds so that the objects can be ready to fascinate visitors for years to come.
My academic interests include the history of taxonomy, historic furniture, historic preservation, architecture- particularly projects that were designed but never built, and miniatures.
When I am not exploring one of the many amazing museums on Long Island, I enjoy spending time with my family and reading.
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I am incredibly excited to be joining the education team here at the Whaling Museum. Having grown up both in coastal New England and along the shores of Long Island Sound, I have always been fascinated by the complex relationships that exist between people and the sea. I was first drawn to the study of maritime history while completing my BA at Drew University, where I spent a year researching early American maritime literature and the role it played in the creation of a new national identity. Increasingly interested in Public History, I shifted my focus to the interplay between maritime heritage sites and collective memory while completing a joint MA in Global History at Georgetown University and King's College London.
No stranger to the world of museums, I have previously worked at Historic Hudson Valley, the New-York Historical Society and Royal Museums Greenwich in London, UK. Now, at the Whaling Museum, I'm thrilled to finally have an ideal opportunity to share my enthusiasm for maritime history with others.
When I’m not working, you can find me hiking, reading, exploring new museums, or of course, spending time down by the sea.
In the summer of 1974, I was asked to fill in for a friend who was working weekends at the Museum. I continued for several years whenever the friend could not make work. In 1977, I was added officially to the staff. After graduating CW Post School Of Professional Accountancy in 1981, I became the accountant for the Museum and have served in that capacity ever since.
I worked at Zeidman, Lackowitz & Company Certified Public Accountants, Syosset NY for 25 years. I am currently the Chief Financial Officer for The Inn At New Hyde Park.
I belong to the New Hyde Park Fire Department where I have served as Captain Of Protection Engine Co. #2, an Emergency Medical Technician and Captain of the Termites Racing Team. I served as President of The Nassau County Volunteer Firemens Parade and Drill Team Captain's Association. I am a member of the Huntington Community Band and the Lindenhurst Brass Marching Band. I sing in the St. Annes Garden City Choir and am a member of the steering committee for the annual Newsday / Hofstra High School Marching Band Festival. I am a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and serve as Treasurer for the New Hyde Park Village Museum Association.
I enjoy spending time at my summer home located in Glen Spey NY, golfing and collecting antique vehicles.
A marine scientist by training, I am passionate about communicating the wonders of the ocean with others and am excited to work with the museum to educate the public about the science and rich history of the whaling tradition.
Originally from New Hampshire, my interest in marine conservation began as an undergraduate at Wellesley College, where I worked with a research group studying marine conservation and whale behavior in the Gulf of Maine. I continued my education with a master’s degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island, and am currently a Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University. My current research is focused on the consequences of historical human activity on Antarctic penguins and marine mammals, so when I’m not on the floor of the museum, you’ll probably find me digging through the museum archives!
I am thrilled to be on The Whaling Museum team! It is great be part of an organization that values education, the environment, and sharing and preserving local history. My role here is to facilitate the overall business flow of the Whaling Museum.
My career path has been a winding road yet has a common thread of helping others and facilitating the smooth operations of programs. After growing up on Long Island and graduating from Adelphi University with a B.A. in Communicative Disorders, I worked for Frost Valley YMCA and The Community YMCA in various roles including Environmental Educator, Camp Director, Teen Program Director, and Alumni Coordinator. Hiring and training staff for camp programs led me to matching employers’ needs with qualified candidates as a Senior Agent with Randstad, a multinational human resources consulting firm. Upon returning to the non-profit sector, I worked as Development Coordinator for Sustainable Long Island and further honed my skills in event planning, fundraising, and database management. Working at The Whaling Museum has proven to be a wonderful opportunity to pull all of these skills together.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, trivia games, golf, catching live music, knitting, and reading.
Collections & Exhibits Coordinator (Returning to Grad School This August!)
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I am absolutely thrilled to have stepped into the collections and exhibit role at the Whaling Museum! To me, history is something that is very much alive in the present and I really hope to convey this with engaging exhibits about Cold Spring Harbor’s maritime history. I am also excited to be a part of helping the museum preserve this history for future generations to enjoy.
In 2014, I graduated from LIU Post with a BA in History and a BA in Earth and Environmental System Sciences, but I fell in love with museum work in 2013 when I interned here at the Whaling Museum. As part of my internship, I helped create the Waves and Watercolor exhibit that showcased Claus Hoie paintings alongside local artists' works. Since then I have had the pleasure with helping out at the front desk, working various events at the museum, and helping to execute the most recent exhibit update, Thar She Blows.
In my free time I am always looking for new trails to hike and books to read. I also love to dabble in photography, crochet, make jewelry, and essentially explore any arts and crafts project that may be out there.
My work centers on bringing others closer to the wonders of the world. I started getting involved with teaching when I was 14, and I received my BA from Hunter College and MA in Museum Education from Bank Street College. Originally from Brooklyn, I joined the museum in 2008 in an effort to revitalize the organization's vision, and I have tremendously enjoyed being part of the exciting growth in a petite but vibrant gem on Long Island. Taking a creative interpretation of the museum's historic collection, I create opportunities which spark curiosity and creativity in individuals through interdisciplinary, constructivist learning.
Previous experiences include teaching about nature and environmental studies in the education departments of the Prospect Park Zoo and New York Aquarium of the Wildlife Conservation Society, and running programs about science, botany, and culture at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. As surprising as this may sound, the Whaling Museum presents the most amazing opportunity for me to combine all of these interests! It has been particularly rewarding sharing our inspiration and approaches with others at museum conferences. I currently serve on the Board of the Museum Association of New York.
Aside from my fascination with the ocean, everything in nature amazes me, which I enjoy exploring with my husband and children. Other interests are herpetology, archaeology, the secret lives of bugs, dance, geology, Native American cultures, Carlebach music, vegetable gardening, and creative writing. I am committed to living compassionately and eco-consciously.
Education Manager & artist In Residence
I am thrilled to join the Whaling Museum Education Staff! I received a BFA in Art Education and my MA in Art, both from Long Island University and I am an artist and certified art teacher. I’ve spent the last few years substitute teaching at different school districts and teaching art in various outreach programs across Long Island, while at the same time creating and exhibiting my artwork.
As a life-long learner, I am thrilled about jumping into a new chapter of education. Working at the Whaling Museum will give me a chance to further explore the things I love best: teaching, nature, conservation and becoming more involved in the surrounding community. I also look forward to bringing some art classes to the museum soon. When I am not working at the museum I am painting, which is primarily nature-themed. I love gardening, traveling, bird-watching and spending time with my husband, family and dog.
Gift shop manager & Interpreter
Sailing to Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT each summer for over 18 years has instilled in me an interest in maritime history. What a joy it is to work at the Whaling Museum! I love greeting people and sharing my knowledge of the exhibit and showing the movie about the Charles W. Morgan. Many times I learn from our visitors.
Other experiences include working as a Montessori Teacher for over 20 years, substitute teaching, and volunteering in several organizations. I was Commander of Neptune Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadron® for one year and on the Bridge and Executive Board for many more.
In my free time I enjoy, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving, going to the gym, playing the piano, and cooking.
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I am overjoyed to be a part of this museum staff here at the Whaling Museum. I started my story here at the Whaling Museum as an intern in March of 2015 helping out with education and the creation of the exhibit “If I were a Whaler”. Today I work at the museum as an educator and could not be happier here. I grew up on Long Island just a town away from Cold Spring Harbor, to be able to educate students on an amazing part of Long Island maritime history brings me so much joy!
I graduated in 2014 from York College of Pennsylvania with a history degree. It wasn’t until my senior year when I decided to take a museum studies class for some extra credits. From that day on my passion for museums has only grown larger. The Whaling Museum and Education Center has accepted me with open arms and has given me the opportunities to express and enhance my creativity, design, and education skills.
When I am not at at the museum I love to travel and to be outdoors. I love spending time with my friends and family. Or you can always find me at the beach, the gym, or watching the NY Giants and NY Islanders!
Weekend Interpreter Staff