Historical Society Welcomes New Staff Members


We are excited to introduce you

to our new

Director of Visitor Experience,

Marianne Howard!

A Long Island native, Marianne Howard received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University at Albany, SUNY and a M.A. in Anthropology/Museum Studies from Arizona State University. She has held numerous leadership positions in museums and social service agencies across Long Island and in New York City, including the Collections & Docent Manager at Planting Fields Foundation, Executive Director at the Smithtown Historical Society and the Grant writer at Mercy Haven, Inc. Marianne is looking forward to meeting all the community members of East Hampton, and to providing them with a first-rate experience at all the Society’s upcoming programs and events.

A Hearty Welcome to our Seasonal Visitor Services Assistants!!!

Karen Faulkner, Visitor Services Assistant at the East Hampton Town Marine Museum, is a retired attorney who lives in East Hampton full time. During her career, she worked at a large international law firm in New York City and later practiced as an in-house attorney in a variety of settings and industries. Before becoming an attorney in 1995, Karen was an engineer for a telecommunications company on Long Island. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, scuba diving, kayaking, reading and hiking.
Katherine Persky, Visitor Services Assistant at Historic Mulford Farmhouse, discovered the East End shortly after moving to New York City four decades ago, and immediately fell in love with the area. Having recently wound down her advertising career in the city, she is now migrating more of her life out east. She is thrilled to be working with the Historical Society this summer and looks forward to sharing her passion for the Hamptons with visitors and deepening her own knowledge of East Hampton’s history. In her free time, Katherine enjoys exploring the Hamptons by bike and swimming in Gardiner’s Bay.
Eleanor Smith is the Visitor Services Assistant at Clinton Academy. From Connecticut, she attends Barnard College in Manhattan. Due to her love of history and research, Eleanor is a prospective history major. Ellie has an enthusiasm with visitors as they enjoy the changing exhibitions this summer season.

Hope to see you all this summer to meet our staff in person and explore our many special historic sites!


The East Hampton Historical Society serves the residents of and visitors to East Hampton by collecting, preserving, presenting, and interpreting the material, cultural, and economic heritage of the Town of East Hampton and its surroundings.
East Hampton Historical Society | info@easthamptonhistory.org | 631-324-6850



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