The Oysterponds Historical Society announced Thursday it has appointed former director William McNaught on an interim basis to replace Ellen Cone Busch, who was the society’s director the past four years.
Ms. Cone Busch is stepping down because she has accepted a position with the Texas Historical Commission located in Austin, Texas, according to a press release issued by the society.
Before coming to Orient, Mr. McNaught was director of the American Museum in England. He served as the Oysterponds Historical Society’s director from 2003 to 2007 and was responsible for several exhibitions, including “A Sense of Place,” “Vintage Photographs of Orient and East Marion on Long Island’s North Fork,” “Crazy for Quilts, Fun & Games,” “Textiles Great and Small,” and “It is Writ: Documents for the Collection of the Oysterponds Historical Society.”
Mr. McNaught also authored “Oysterponds Historical Society: Highlights from the Collection,” which was published in 2008. He will serve as director until a permanent director is selected.