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Aug 30, 2017 10:47 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

New Historian To Take Over In Southampton Town

Aug 31, 2017 11:11 AM

Southampton Town is the state’s first English colony, with records dating back to its 1640 founding. And now there is a new person in charge of archiving the town’s nearly four centuries of history.

Julie Greene, the collections manager, curator and archivist for the Bridgehampton Museum, was hired this week as the new town historian, the top position in the municipality’s Historic Division. She replaces longtime historian Zach Studenroth who stepped down earlier this month to focus on other endeavors.

“This is kind of a dream job for me,” Ms. Greene said. “I hope I can bring something different to it. I like making history accessible to people.”

That’s what she has been doing for the past decade as curator of the Bridgehampton Museum—a position she intends to keep after starting her new role as town historian on Thursday, August 31. The town historian is a part-time position that pays $30,000 annually, according to town records.

Originally from Westchester County, Ms. Greene grew up in a historic house built in 1740, and moved to Sag Harbor 16 years ago. Ms. Greene also studied history at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. She noted that ever since she was a child, she always had an affinity for history.

When she was young and her parents would take her on vacations, Ms. Greene always enjoyed spotting those blue historic landmark signs lining the sides of the state’s roads. “I would always ask my Dad to pull over so I could see them,” she said. “I would like to continue that program here, marking historic sites in the town.”

In her new role, Ms. Greene said she wants to make historic records more accessible online, work with schools on history education and write a “historic happenings” blog for the town’s website. She also wants to partner with Mr. Studenroth on future projects to preserve the gravestones of the town’s earliest settlers, and their descendants, that are scattered throughout 10 municipal cemeteries.

Southampton Town’s Historic Division was created by Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer in 2008 in order to preserve the town’s collection of old documents and holdings.

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What type of degree in history does the new historian hold? Or Historiography?
Has she published any work on the town history ...would love to read her work and know her specialty
By Jfmstrummer (1), Remsenburg on Aug 30, 17 10:28 PM
She's more qualified than Studenroth
By Draggerman (669), Southampton on Aug 31, 17 7:10 AM
Your picture of a boat was more qualified that Studenroth. Carpet bagging scammer. Nothing personal, he just had no clue and put one over on everyone in these parts.
By even flow (499), East Hampton on Aug 31, 17 7:13 AM
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Concur. Zach & I have sparred many times. Hopefully Sag Harbor will remove him from the ARB as a consultant. Or remind him that he isn't a member of the board.
By Draggerman (669), Southampton on Aug 31, 17 9:44 PM
Concur. Zach & I have sparred many times. Hopefully Sag Harbor will remove him from the ARB as a consultant. Or remind him that he isn't a member of the board.
By Draggerman (669), Southampton on Aug 31, 17 9:44 PM
Thank Christ. The only good Studenroth is no Studenroth.
By pw herman (704), southampton on Aug 31, 17 8:27 AM
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She is a class act!
By Infoseeker (240), Hampton Bays on Sep 3, 17 4:35 PM
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