The East Hampton Historical Society Announces

New Executive Director, Maria Vann


Growing Organization Adds Thomas Moran Studio to Its

Portfolio of Local Landmarks


The New Year brings exciting developments for the East Hampton Historical Society.  After a brief vacancy, the East Hampton Historical Society is proud to announce that Maria Vann has been named as its next Executive Director. Ms. Vann will assume her new position as of February 5, 2018.  Originally from Long Island, Maria Vann was the former Director of the Maritime Museum at Battleship Cove (Massachusetts) and Iroquois Indian Museum (New York State). She has extensive experience in museum education for institutes and has served as an adjunct history professor at SUNY College at Oneonta.

“I’m excited to use my professional training and experience to lead the East Hampton Historical Society into its next phase of growth,” said Ms. Vann, “The Society’s excellent reputation and solid foundation is poised for greater visitor engagement.” 

Hollis Forbes, President of the Board of Trustees, commented, “We couldn’t be happier to have Maria accept the position of Executive Director.  Her unique skillset and positive track record of implementing innovative museum programs will greatly serve our community.”

To make 2018 even more exciting, the Thomas Moran Studio has recently been acquired by the East Hampton Historical Society. “The Board of the Thomas Moran Trust is thrilled to have completed its mission of restoring the Moran house and we are very excited to turn over the operation of this historic property to the East Hampton Historical Society,” said Curt Schade, Chairman of the Thomas Moran Trust.  When asked to comment, Ms. Forbes said, “The East Hampton Historical Society is proud to welcome the Thomas Moran Studio into our growing collection of iconic and historically significant landmarks. Exciting times are ahead of us.”

The East Hampton Historical Society is proud to share these recent developments and looks forward to continuing its mission of serving residents and visitors of East Hampton by collecting, preserving, presenting and interpreting the cultural heritage of the town and its surroundings. 

Ms. Vann offered this statement regarding her upcoming role as the new Executive Director: “I am eager to get to know the community, work with the Board, and explore partnerships and collaborations. The East Hampton Historical Society is an energetic and diverse organization and I am thrilled to implement new ideas to help bring personal meaning to visitor experiences.”