East End Seaport Museum
&
Marine Foundation

Museum Hours:

May and June
Saturdays and Sundays
3:00pm to 7:00pm

July through Labor Day
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
2:00pm to 8:00pm

Sundays and Mondays
3:00pm to 8:00pm

After Labor Day
through Halloween

Saturdays and Sundays
3:00pm to 8:00pm

Admission
$2 per individual
children 15 and younger are always free


Blacksmith Hours:

June - September
Saturdays & Sundays
11:00am to 5:00pm




East End Seaport Museum & Marine Foundation 
 
Greenport, NY 11944
631-477-2100
info@eastendseaport.org

About Us

 



         The Mission of the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation is to recognize, restore and preserve the maritime heritage of the East End of Long Island, New York.  In Greenport, we operate the East End Seaport Museum on the waterfront with its maritime exhibits and collections. At the Village Blacksmith Shop, our blacksmith conducts demonstrations of iron working with hands-on experiences for children .  Offshore we own, operate, and maintain the historic Long Beach Bar (Bug) Lighthouse. Bug Light is the gateway to Greenport, Shelter Island, and Peconic Bay and we are proud to be the stewards of this working navigational structure.

Board of Directors

Ron Breuer: Chairman
Arlene Klein: Vice-Chairman
David Gillispie: Treasurer
Lynn Summers: Secretary

Mary Herrick: Director at Large
Sarah Phillips Loth:  Director at Large

David Abatelli
 Robert Christensen
Dan Creedon
Morgant Fiedler
Jeff Goubeaud
Bob Jester
Linda Kessler
Tracey Orlando
Wayne Sailor
Kenny White
Ian Wile


Ronald K. Breuer, Sr.
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Ron spent his childhood in East Marion and upon retirement, returned to the East End with his wife, Eileen.  They have 3 children and 5 grandchildren who also live on Long Island.  Ron has over 32 years in executive management at JP Morgan Chase as Technology CAO.  He had global responsibilities for 7 years as CEO of a Technology Project Consulting Firm which implemented major technology infrastructure programs in corporations.  After his retirement, Ron served as a Senior Business Consultant for Lighthouse International, advising and developing service profiles and the implementation of business visions and strategies for the Senior Management/Board of Directors.  

His experience in non-profits and governmental agencies include SCORE (the US Small Business Administration) as Suffolk County Chairman, responsible for the design, reorganization, marketing growth of SCORE’s Suffolk County small business development, mentoring, education and training.  Ron has served on various advisory boards for RIT/NTID, the MTA, and financial services companies, is a current active member of the Greenport American Legion and serves as President of the Advent Lutheran Church in Mattituck.  He served the military in Vietnam with the 195 Assault Helicopter Company.  Ron holds an BSIE, MBA and a PMP.

The East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation thrives under Ron’s capable leadership.  He is tireless and completely devoted to its mission as well as to its membership.  He is much admired and appreciated by all.


Arlene Klein
Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors

Arlene was born in Woodmere, Long Island, to a recreational boating family.  Summers traveling on the water remain some of her favorite memories.  After graduating from Hofstra University with a BS in Education, she taught third grade in Roosevelt, Long Island.  She and her husband, Artie, purchased their first power boat in 1966. 

While raising their 3 children in Dix Hills, Arlene was publisher and editor of  her religious organization’s monthly award-winning newsletter, served on the Huntington Public Arts Advisory Board, started a pop-up “construction” company selling custom created gingerbread houses to commercial ventures, sold commercial landscapes, and made more than her share of elaborate-themed house parties, weddings, and religious celebrations.  In her capacity as a decorative artist, she painted murals and furniture on a commission basis to decorators as well as private clients.  

Upon Artie’s retirement, the Klein’s relocated to their home in Greenport much to the delight of their 4 grandchildren.  Eventually, Artie took on a new position as Parts Manager at Port of Egypt Marine. 
 Detailed oriented, tenacious, organized and highly motivated by things that intrigue her, Arlene was drawn to the EESM by its obvious connections to Greenport’s maritime history, educational programs and people pleasing events.  Arlene has served as the EESM’s secretary and co-chaired the 2014 Maritime Festival. She is a member of the Greenport Carousel Committee, a Director of the Gull Pond Yacht Club and is the Chair of the 2015 Maritime Festival.


David Gillispie
Treasurer

Born in Greenport in 1945, David is the eighth generation of North Forkers having descended from an Orient farming family. He started his schooling in Orient, then Pittsfield, Massachusetts and finally earned his finance degree from Penn State University and an MBA from St. John’s University.  In 2011 he retired from his career in industrial sales and marketing.  He and his wife Roda, have lived in Greenport for the past 30 years.

Since retirement David has spent his time indulging his passion for gardening with a flourishing tomato garden, selling them at a roadside stand and donating the proceeds to CAST.  With the help of Ancestry.com, he has explored and expanded both his and Roda’s family genealogical chart.  Every week, David joins the Tuesday Crew to do volunteer carpentry projects for nonprofits such as the Southold Historical Society and Hallockville Museum.

Adding to this impressive list of community activities, David has taken on the position of EESM Treasurer.  We delight in his company, talents and dedication to the Seaport Museum.


Lynn Summers
Secretary of the Board of Directors

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lynn was educated through high school in their public school system and then attended the Tyler School of Fine Arts of Temple University.  In 1968, she married Pastor George Summers of New York and they relocated to Franklin Square, Long Island, then moving to Mattituck in 1970.  In 2013, Lynn and George moved to their home in Southold.  While on the North Fork they raised daughter, Marcia, now married with two children, living in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

In 1980 and 1991 Lynn received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Education from Southampton College of Long Island University.
She has worked as a teacher in Mattituck-Cutchogue, Southold, Greenport, New Suffolk and Riverhead schools districts, as well as for BOCES.   Additionally, she has worked in retail and at sales and event planning at Palmer, Bedell, and Clovis Point Vineyards.
Lynn served as Mattituck –Cutchogue PTA President for three years, on the Aids Awareness Committee, and with the School’s Advisory Committee in Mattituck-Cutchogue District.  Civic-minded, she has been involved in ad hoc committees regarding Wolf Pit Pond and Main Road Master Planning.  For the past 5 years, Lynn has held the office of Secretary of the Southold Town Democratic Committee and ran for Southold Town Trustee in 2011.

Lynn hopes to lead the EESM in close partnerships with other organizations developing educational programs.  She has been especially involved with the Seaport’s existing associations with SoundWaters sailing vessel, Captain David Berson of Go Glory Green, and for the past three years, the Captain Kidd’s Art Corner during the Maritime Festival.


Mary Herrick
Director at Large

After the untimely passing of her beloved husband, Bo, Mary filled his position as a Trustee with the EESM.  As owners of a South Fork boat yard, their love and respect for the sea resonated throughout their marriage.

We all take great pride in the work Mary continues to do – managing the Museum Chandlery, chairing the highly successful Land & Sea Gala during the annual Maritime Festival, and assisting with numerous Museum sponsored educational events.

The Seaport Museum thrives due to the generosity of time, work ethic and dedication of people such as Mary.  She is much appreciated by the entire organization.



Sarah Phillips Loth
Director at Large

Raised in Babylon Village, Sarah completed high school as a student athlete.  To raise tuition money, she catered private events and nannied.  While studying education at SUNY Cortland, she realized her passion leaned more towards the culinary arts.  She completed her degree at the Institute of Culinary Education. 

Similarities between Babylon and Greenport solidified her decision to open her restaurant, First & South in the Village of Greenport.  Her enthusiasm for and connection to the community through food and wine has created an immense network of talented and passionate people invested in the development of the North Fork, especially Greenport. 
Sarah serves on the Greenport Board of the Business Improvement District, has worked with the North Fork Promotional Council, East End Tourist Association and with the Long Island Wine Council.  Adding to her triumphs was the 2014 Land & Sea Gala which she co-chaired with EESM Board member, Mary Herrick.

The East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation is, indeed, fortunate to have Sarah serving on its Board of Trustees. 



David Abatelli 

Raised in Bayside, Queens, David spent summers at the Shinnecock Bay home his family has owned since 1945. David joined and served in the Navy Reserves from 1970-1976 and then spent 2 years active duty in Key West and Bermuda as an Ocean Systems Technician. Upon finishing his enlisted career he graduated LIU Southampton, married Lydia and moved to Greenport.  There he worked at Sterling Harbor Marina for 2 years, moving on to CAST for an additional 2 years, the Village of Greenport 12 years, and the North Fork Housing Alliance for 5 more years.  His final career choice was spent as the Greenport Village Administrator for a total of 17 years and retired in July 2014.  

David’s wife owns the charming “Lydia’s Antiques and Stained Glass” on Main Street in Greenport and they, along with daughter, Rebecca, and 3 golden retrievers, live in Cutchogue.  Presently, David is busy helping out at his wife store and is a member of the Cutchogue Lions Club, Chairman of the Greenport Carousel Committee, serves on the Board of the Greenport Improvement Committee as well as being a member of the 2015 Greenport Tall Ships Steering Committee. The East End Seaport is fortunate to have David on its Board of Trustees. 

Robert Christensen 

General building contracting.


Morgant Fiedler

There is something about the air and beauty encapsulating the East End. Why else would a young female attorney leave California and return to her hometown? 

Morgant Fiedler Young is that woman. Born and raised in Greenport to parents who are 5th generation East Enders, she graduated from Greenport School and attended the University of New Hampshire, then traveled 3,000 miles to enter Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. Upon passing the California bar, she worked as an attorney for a year before the East Coast salt air drew her home. 

As a child she remembers her father, Rich Fiedler, a well-known local artist, tend the EESM salt water fish tank. Morgant's first job was as a volunteer in the Museum working the front desk. Multiple generations of Fiedler's were commercial fishermen and that love of the sea is part of her genetics. After passing the New York State Bar examination, she set up her law practice. The maternal half of Morgant, the Price side, is served as she works at her grandfather's desk, surrounded by cousins also working in the McMann Price Insurance building on Front Street, Greenport. 

Recently married to Christopher Young, a native Southolder, Morgant feels there is no more beautiful place to settle into and raise a family than the East End. Her love for community, the sea and respect for her surroundings has led Morgant back to the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation. What could be a more perfect fit than to circle back and help preserve our maritime history for generations to come and to help the EESM attain their mission?


Jeff Goubeaud

Manager Mitchell Park Marina and Harbor Manager for the Village of Greenport.  Hold a Coast Guard 200 ton Master Near Coastal license with towing endorsement and radar unlimited tonnage endorsement.  President of Greenport Yacht Sales and Services, engaging in yacht sales, yacht deliveries and operations, compass repair and adjusting, boat handling instruction.


Bob Jester

Bob Jester, a resident of Greenport, is well-known in the community, and is respected as a "teacher's teacher." He retired as a science teacher from Riverhead High School in 2010, including courses in Marine Biology and Regents Biology. He began his teaching career in 1973 and has received numerous district, county, state, and national awards and accolades  He was known for promoting a "can do" atmosphere for his students and colleagues, and was elected Teacher of the Year in 1984 by the District. Bob was a finalist for the U.S. Teacher in Space Program in 1986 and one of the first teachers in the country to receive the National Science Teacher award from the federal government. Every summer, Bob participates in the "Peconic Bay Science Program" aboard the Glory with the Capt. Dave Berson.  This 5 day program is an interactive marine ecology, local maritime history and boating safety course. Students will learn the basics of the scientific method by testing for the health of Peconic Bay.

Linda Kessler

Linda has been “hanging around” the East End since she was a child.  Growing up, she and her family lived in Queens, New York, but summered on Shinnecock Bay.  That childhood continued into young adulthood as she attended Southampton College.

After their 1969 wedding, she and her new husband, moved to Missouri where George attended medical school.   Eventually, they moved back to New York where George opened his medical practice and Linda started an upper Eastside antique business. Their love of the East End persisted, and to that end they became part time Southold residents and Linda opened a satellite store in Greenport. Eventually she closed the Manhattan store and Kessie’s became a year ‘round business.

As Linda’s business grew, so did her family and responsibilities.  They are now proud parents of two successful daughters and are enjoying a “very cute grandson”.

Linda’s involvement with the EESM began four years ago when she assisted in reorganizing the Maritime Festival.  She has been the Committee Head of Vendors and Merchants during Maritime Festival weekend for the past three years. In addition to sitting on our Board, she works closely with the Greenport BID and is working towards making the Greenport’s Tall Ship event a huge success. 



Wayne Sailor

The East End Seaport is pleased to have Wayne as a Trustee.  He comes to us as a Mattituck- raised, multi-generational North Forker.  Wayne’s great grandfather came to the East End via Ellis Island in 1896.  The Sailor family’s connection continues with his sister and father owning Greenport’s Front Street Station and nephew, Paul Drum’s, stint as Honorary Mayor of Greenport during the 2014 EESM Maritime Festival.
 After graduating Mattituck High School, he studied Criminal Justice at Suffolk County Community College in addition to a number of courses in continuing education. He attended the Suffolk County Police Department Academy in 1990 and worked as a traffic control and part time police officer until 1997.  He then went on to graduate from the Executive Protection Institute of Virginia as a Personal Protection Specialist and took the position as executive driver and body guard for a New  York City top CEO of a fortune 500 company. For the past 29 years, Wayne has been an active member of the Mattituck Fire Department in addition to owning his own executive security business.  

Wayne provides the EESM with a level of ethical professionalism and personal commitment along with integrity, Intelligence and humility.

Kenneth White, Jr.

Native son, Ken White, attended the Greenport School, graduating with the class of 1960.  He owned a service station business for 21 years and for the next 9 years managed other stations around Long Island.  Changing hats, he beame a radio dispatcher and custodian at 3 area fire departments until retirement.

Kenny served on the Greenport School Board of Education for 3 years and is a 44 year member of the Greenport Fire Department having served as Company Officer, Board of Fire Wardens and 2nd Assistant Chief, 1st Assistant Chief and Chief of the Department. He is presently Fire Safety Educator for the department and a member of Empire Council #128 Junior Order United American Mechanics. 

Ken and his wife of 25 years, Jerri, have 5 wonderful children: Donna White Dunne, Cheryl White Shepard, Augusta White, Devin White and Jennifer Vanbrunt Curtin. Always upbeat and positive along with his energy, commitment and local expertise, Ken is a distinguished member of the EESM family.


Ian Wile

As founding partner at Rogue Post NYC, Ian’s company won accolades as one of the top 50 Independent Film Friendly companies in the country.  His projects represented the full spectrum from the smallest independent film to multimillion dollar feature films with clients as diverse as MTV and the White House.  

After 12 part-time years, Ian now resides full-time in Greenport with his wife Rosalie and son Jackson, a student at Greenport School. 
A firm believer in the responsibility of citizens to be involved in their communities, Ian has sat on the Economic Development Committee for Southold Town and was heavily involved with the successful East End Student Film Project, providing professional mentorship to local students interested in a Media path.

Ian is the founder of the Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market.  The storefront is located in a quaint old bait shop on Greenport’s waterfront. The farm is right outside its front door in Peconic Bay.  This ecologically sound enterprise is a thoroughly modern oyster aquaculture operation.  Not only will it provide oysters for hungry markets, the “little shack that can” offers diverse community and educational outreach programs.
As a Trustee, Ian provides ingenuity, creativity, a deep well of talents and the determination to bring any activity to fruition thereby benefiting all of the East End.  










 

The East End Seaport Museum is a proud member of the
 U.S. Lighthouse Society and the Council of
American Maritime Museums.

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