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Barnett Shepherd named Interim Executive Director of Historic Richmond Town

May 1, 2017 - Noted architectural historian, researcher, author, and museum professional Barnett Shepherd has been named the Interim Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Staten Island Historical Society and Historic Richmond Town.

From 1981-2000, Shepherd was the executive director and CEO of Historic Richmond Town where he managed a staff of 32 employees. During his tenure, he guided plans and funding for the one-million-dollar renovation of the Historical Museum, led the restoration of four buildings and the roofing of 14 additional buildings, oversaw the design and construction of the Edna Hayes Collections Care building, as well as the acquisition and relocation of the ca. 1820 Jacob Crocheron House.

Shepherd has served as the executive director of the Preservation League of Staten Island from 2012-2017, an organization he founded in 1977 and served as president until 1981. Staten Island would not be the borough it is today without his lifelong commitment: Christ Church New Brighton; NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission; Tottenville Historic Survey; Harrison Street Historic Survey; St Paul’s Avenue Historic District; and Sailor’s Snug Harbor have all benefitted from his grant writing, research, or planning efforts.

Shepherd has received Lifetime Achievement awards from the Historic Districts Council of New York City and the Preservation League of Staten Island. An author of several scholarly articles on the architecture of Snug Harbor, his published books include Staten Island Scenery: Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Photographs 1679-1900 (2013); Tottenville, The Town the Oyster Built (2003); Sandy Ground Memories (2003, Lois A.H. Mosley, co-author); and Sailor’s Snug Harbor, 1833-1976 (1978).

“Mr. Shepherd is the right man at the right time to lead Richmond Town,” commented Kevin Fisher, president of the board of directors. “His leadership and shared vision will guide our immediate plans of working with our valued partners, redeveloping our volunteer corps, expanding our educational opportunities, and caring for our incredible treasures. On behalf of the board and the staff, we are thrilled to welcome Barnett home to Richmond Town.” Fisher added that a national search for the position will begin this summer.

Historic Richmond Town is New York City’s only living history museum, where centuries of American life are preserved, presented and celebrated. The 100-acres are comprised of four separate sites on Staten Island, the greenest borough of New York City, and houses 27 historic structures, an archives and research library, and more than 60,000 artifacts. A designated not-for-profit cultural institution of the City of New York, Richmond Town is supported through corporate, government, and private philanthropy.

For more information visit or call (718) 351-1611.


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Charlie Sullivan to portray legendary American politician James Guyon Jr. at upcoming Guyon Tavern Concert Series

CharlesSullivan 120x150Charles Sullivan is no stranger to acting. This time traveling performer has appeared on stages across Staten Island, most recently as Scrooge with Shakespeare Theatre, as well as with Sea View Playwright’s Theatre, Sundog Theatre, and In the Wings.

This season, he portrays James Guyon Jr., the historic proprietor of Historic Richmond Town’s Guyon Inn and Store. Home to the legendary Guyon Concerts, the circa 1819 building serves up an authentic 19th century acoustic music experience with a warm and resonant sound quality illuminated by candlelight and warmed by a potbelly stove.

Tavern Concert Series at Historic Richmond Town Kicks off Jan. 13

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Jan 5, 2018 - The Guyon Tavern (circa 1819) at Historic Richmond Town (HRT) serves up an authentic 19th century acoustic music experience with a warm and resonant sound quality that is rarely found anymore, thanks to the original aged wood and plaster, and the unmistakable handmade construction.


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