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Longshore chosen director of St. Lawrence County Historical Association

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CANTON — The St. Lawrence County Historical Association has chosen long-time employee J. Susanne Longshore as its executive director.

“We see good things for the future of the historical association as a result of this move,” William H. Flynn, board president, said. “We know we’re in good hands with Sue.”

Mrs. Longshore will be paid $46,000.

Mrs. Longshore said she was looking forward to a continued partnership with all the individuals connected to the association.

She has been with the association since 1996 and has been its collections manager.

She became interim head of the association after Trent A. Trulock, who had been director for 17 years, departed in January.

Mr. Trulock and Mrs. Longshore were the association’s only two full-time employees.

A search committee initially recommended Marissa Baum, who had interned with the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., to the director position, but she declined the job after spending several days in mid-July at the organization’s headquarters at the Silas Wright House and Museum in Canton.

As interim director, Mrs. Longshore had hired a part-time employee to assist her, but now will be looking for a successor for herself as collections manager.

She had no immediate plans for the organization other than to catch up.

“We just kind of need to regroup and get back to where we were,” she said. “I need to get somebody and get them oriented so I’m not doing it all.”

She plans to make the association’s website more of a resource for teachers and for others researching the history of the area.

She is also considering a virtual exhibit space on the website.

“That’s one area I’ve been thinking about for a long time,” she said.

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