The Board of Trustees of the Geneva Historical Society has announced that Kenneth Shefsiek will become the new executive director in June.
A public reception to introduce him will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 2 at the Prouty-Chew Museum on South Main Street, in conjunction with the opening of the new exhibit, “Passing Through Geneva: 200 Years of History on Routes 5 & 20.”
Shefsiek succeeds Charles Bauder, who is retiring after more than a decade as executive director.
A native of Boston, Shefsiek completed his bachelor’s degree at Ithaca College in 1986. He has most recently been living in Georgia, where he has completed coursework toward the Doctor of Philosophy in History at the University of Georgia in Athens.
His primary emphasis is the history of early America, and he will shortly begin working on his dissertation, which will focus on the French-and Dutch-American experience in the Hudson Valley. Shefsiek is a former curator of Education at the Huguenot Historical Society in New Paltz, N.Y., where he was also founding vice chairman of the Village of New Paltz Historic Preservation Commission.
Shefsiek is particularly interested in the rural social and cultural history of pre-industrial America, including architecture, decorative arts and the “history of everyday life.” He holds a master of heritage preservation degree from Georgia State University and a master of music in Early Music Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and worked for nearly a decade at Boston University in student services.
For details on the reception, call the museum office at (315) 789-5151.