NEW CANAAN, Conn. — Nancy Geary is the new executive director at the New Canaan Historical Society, taking over the post after the retirement of the group's longtime leader.
The Board of Governors of the New Canaan Historical Society said the change of leadership was effective April 2.
“I am thrilled to serve as executive director,” said Geary. “The Historical Society plays an invaluable role in preserving New Canaan's rich past, and in increasing our understanding of the larger context for local history. I am especially eager to hear from the community how I can best facilitate its access to, and interest in, this wonderful organization.”
Geary filled the opening created by the retirement of Janet Lindstom, which she announced last November, after 34 years on the job.
The selection was made after an extensive search and selection process.
“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” said Mark Markiewicz, president of the New Canaan Historical Society. “Nancy will bring leadership and creativity to the society’s exhibitions and programming, as well as a deep sense of commitment to the organization. She has served numerous nonprofits in our area, is an accomplished attorney and has a track record of intellect, balance and reliability.
"With Nancy at the helm, we look forward to the continuity of celebrating New Canaan's remarkable heritage.”
Geary’s resume includes nearly 20 years of experience in handling a range of legal matters on behalf of corporations, partnerships, charitable organizations and individuals.
As an assistant attorney general, Geary briefed and argued appeals in the Supreme Judicial Court and Massachusetts Court of Appeals.
She is also the author of four novels, and a three-time recipient of the Westchester Library Association’s Washington Irving Book Selection Award for adult fiction.
Locally, Geary has served as a board member for Horizons, warden for St. Francis Episcopal Church, and has served on multiple committees for King School and New Canaan Country School.
Geary graduated from Spence School in New York City, Brown University and Harvard Law School.
The New Canaan Historical Society, home to an extensive library, genealogical records and archives, seeks to educate and enlighten the public in an atmosphere that is welcoming, friendly and fun by offering innovative educational exhibitions and programs for adults, children and families.
The New Canaan Historical Society is a not-for-profit, privately supported, educational facility.
Visit www.nchistory.org for more information.