The Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum operates through a Board of Directors with Linley Pennebaker-Hagan as its President and Bob Weinstein as its Vice President, along with twelve other volunteer board members from the community. They are Robert Chaloner, Stephen Lobosco, Peter Drakoulias, Annette Hinkle, Catherine Ross, Kathleen Russo, Bettina Stelle, Tom Dakin, Mallon Fitzpatrick, Benjamin Dixon and Michael Carroll.

It is the Board that establishes the Museum’s goals and mission, and creates new initiatives for this not for profit organization.

The Museum itself is run by four staff members. Richard Doctorow will be continuing on in his position as Curator/Collection Manager, who in this role is responsible for cataloging the core of the museum’s contents (3,000 + artifacts), as well as the design and presentation of all the historical exhibits.

Also returning this season will be Michael Butler, Museum Manager, who has been on staff for seven years. The Museum Manager is responsible for the upkeep of the facility and the overseeing of exhibits, lecture and music series, as well as coordination of State and County grants that help bring programming to the Museum.

There will be two new additions to the staff this season. They are Elise Goodheart, who has been brought in as the Museum Administrator. Ms. Goodheart is a former gallerist, art promoter and worked for a number of local arts and educational organizations including The Victor D’Amico Art Institute and The Sag Harbor Educational Foundation.

In her new role, she will be responsible for Membership outreach and Communications with the press regarding the Museum’s exhibits, lectures and music series, as well as the day to day operations at the Museum.

Stephen McCarthy is the new Museum Assistant and will be leading Museum tours as the main docent in residence as well as the running of the Museum’s gift shop.

Mr. McCarthy’s background includes experience as a docent and tour guide at Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay and working as an archivist for the Oyster Ponds Historical Society.


Museum hours are 10am-5pm daily, with last admission at 4:30 pm.

For more information about the Museum’s calendar of events, visit

For information about volunteering at the Museum, please call 631 725-0770 ext.2. 



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1708 House, Southampton / Boutique Hotel / Bed & Breakfast