Long Island Historical Societies Announces

New Board Leadership

New members will enhance the board’s focus on collective initiatives and strengthen programs.


Riverhead, NY (March 1, 2023) – Long Island Historical Societies (LIHS) is pleased to announce newly elected board president, Sarah Kautz, and members; Victoria Berger, Denise Evans-Sheppard, Jamie Karbowiak, Joe Pinz who will each help support the nonprofit’s work. The Board of trustees, all established leaders have accomplishments in history, art and culture, and preservation. They bring a collective experience to LIHS which will further the mission and vision to coordinate and unite the various historical societies and to serve as a hub for their membership.


“Our new Board of Trustees is composed of a dedicated team of leaders committed to providing strength, and stability for our members. We’re excited for new members who will bring diverse expertise and insight to our work.”

—– Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, LIHS Past President



Sarah Kautz is the executive director at the Southampton History Museum, she is an archaeologist, historical anthropologist, and preservation advocate with nearly 20 years of professional experience. I’ve worked collaboratively with stakeholders and governments in the United States, Japan, and South Africa to study and preserve heritage sites.


Vice President:

Victoria Berger is the executive director of Suffolk County Historical Society Museum, former corporate executive buyer for a large chain, followed by a second career in museum management; including curating, program development, exhibit production, collection management, fundraising, and development. She has a combined 30 years’ experience in corporate and non-profit management, with specialized experience in non-profit governance. 



Jaime Karbowiak became the Roslyn Landmark Society’s Executive Director in November 2023. An experienced museum professional with over ten years of experience, Jaime possesses extensive knowledge about preserving historical resources. She has a deep understanding of research methodology and interpretation and a passion for museum education, curation, and working with historical collections. 



Joe Pinz is the East Islip treasurer, he is a documentarian and focuses on ways to have this history available for students, researchers, scholars, future generations, and also for those of us who just plain enjoy the “good ole’ days.” 



Dr. Denice Evans-Sheppard is the executive director of the Oyster Bay Historical Society and noted author She is a lifelong resident, and her family has lived in Oyster Bay since 1795. Many still live in the hamlet at Carll Hill, property purchased by her great-great grandfather David Carll before he joined the 26th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment as a private in the Civil War.


About Us!

To coordinate and unite the various historical societies located in Suffolk County, New York, as well as to preserve and work for the preservation of historical societies, buildings and landmarks in the County.

To promote and encourage historical research, and to foster and promote public knowledge of and interest in local and national history.




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