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New Head for Rye Historical Society

(PHOTO: New Executive Director of the Rye Historical Society Anne Gold.)
(PHOTO: New Executive Director of the Rye Historical Society Anne Gold.)

The Rye Historical Society announced Anne Gold will be its next executive director as it prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary next year. Gold succeeds Sheri Jordan, who stepped down in April after 18 years of service.

Most recently Gold worked in the Office of the President at Manhattanville College working on partnerships and fundraising. She sits on the board of the Purchase Environmental Protective Association (PEPA).

“I am deeply honored to become part of this esteemed organization, one that I have long held in high regard. Contributing to its vital mission is a great privilege,” said Gold. “The Rye Historical Society, with its dedication to preserving Rye’s rich history and illuminating the broader tapestry of local history, plays an invaluable role. I am especially excited about the opportunity to connect with the community and solicit their ideas on ways we can enrich their engagement with this remarkable institution.”

During her two decades of dedicated work at PEPA and Manhattanville College, Anne Gold was involved in various initiatives, including a historical preservation campaign at Manhattanville College in Purchase. This campaign focused on safeguarding open spaces, historic structures, and a landscape originally designed by the renowned landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. As part of this effort, she authored a book titled ‘The History of Ophir Farm and Manhattanville College‘ and created an accompanying historical walking tour, which is now designated on the New York State Greenway Trail System. The project also revitalized a previously neglected corner of the campus, transforming it into an environmental park—a venture led by acclaimed architect Maya Lin, known for her significant contributions to architecture and design, that restored the oldest private chapel in Westchester County.

Gold is originally from the historic Mohawk Valley in Upstate, between the Adirondack Mountains and Catskill Mountains. She holds a Master of Science in History from Iona University.

The Rye Historical Society serves as the official archivist for the City of Rye, maintaining a vast collection of over 25,000 documents. This collection includes photographs, maps, books, manuscripts, census data, real estate deals, government reports, and other historical documentation. The organization runs the historic Timothy Knapp House on Rye Beach Avenue and the Square House Museum on Purchase Street.


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