Hi, my name is Vicki Berger. I am the executive director here at the Suffolk County Historical Society Museum.
I have always been a history buff; I kind of consider myself an old soul. I had a strong corporate background, which helps tremendously here with the financing and the management. But I also have a background as an interior designer and I used to design a lot of exhibits for smaller, little town museums. READ
The lock and key from Riverhead’s first jailhouse in 1792; a photo of a 100-foot-high water tower that used to stand in Grangebel Park; a banner from Riverhead High School’s Class of 1918, which is maroon, not blue; and a photo of the Capitol Theatre on West Main Street, which existed from 1920 and, along with the Suffolk Theater, was a downtown movie theater until it was demolished in the early 1960s. READ
David Lessard was driving down West Main Street one day about three years ago when he passed a house that caught his attention. Mr. Lessard, who’s always had an interest in history, had been reading a book about Riverhead Town’s past and the home seemed strikingly similar to one he’d just read about.
The late 1800s featured a lot of change for the country — president James A. Garfield was assassinated, skyscrapers rose throughout cities, electric lighting became more prominent, the Great Blizzard immobilized the East Coast and Coca-Cola was created during Prohibition. READ
Victoria Berger — a former corporate and non-profit manager with 18 years of experience as well as a historian and curator in her local community in Islip — has been named as the new executive director of the Suffolk County Historical Society. READ