Susan Bennett has been named the new Executive Director of The Pursuit of History effective January 1, 2024.

Susan brings a wealth of experience to The Pursuit of History, including serving as the Executive Director of the Lexington Historical Society for 12 years. Founded in 1886, the Lexington Historical Society is the premier interpreter of the events of April 1775. Historic buildings under the society’s management include Buckman Tavern, across the street from Lexington Green, the Hancock-Clarke House, Munroe Tavern, and the Depot, the town’s former train station. Under Susan’s leadership, all three Colonial structures were restored, the adaptive reuse of the Depot was completed, a new archives center was developed, and new exhibits and interpretive programs were introduced.

Susan also served as the Executive Director of Canterbury Shaker Village in New Hampshire. Established in 1792 and today a National Historic Landmark, Canterbury Shaker Village has 25 restored original Shaker buildings, four reconstructed Shaker buildings, and 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds where tours, programs, exhibits, and events are offered throughout the year.

Most recently, Susan has been the Historic Preservation Manager for the Colonial Dames of Massachusetts. Susan developed innovative partnerships with private and public organizations to expand public access to their historic sites in Boston and Quincy, developed new exhibits, and tackled major capital projects.

“I’m excited to join The Pursuit of History,” said Susan. “There are three characteristics of this young organization that stood out to me:

  • Welcoming, bringing together people from all walks of life, without regard to degree or profession.
  • Innovative, developing new ways to reach and engage people with history, including through History Camp, History Camp Author Discussions, and new Pursuit of History weekends.
  • National in scope. People from across the country (and beyond) participate in online events and travel from across the country to attend in-person events.

“There’s never been a better time to be part of an organization that brings people together to engage in history, and as the 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding approaches, the interest in our country’s history and in what The Pursuit of History offers will only grow.”