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North Shore Historical Museum director named

North Shore Historical Museum president Brian Mercadante said

North Shore Historical Museum president Brian Mercadante said hiring Colleen Yoder as director of the North Shore Historical Museum was the “final step toward the official opening of our museum.” Credit: The North Shore Historical Museum

A Glen Cove resident who has worked at museums in Washington and Richmond has been named founding director of the soon-to-open North Shore Historical Museum in the city's old city hall and court building.

Colleen Yoder recently served as curator and interim director of archives for the Diocese of Richmond in Virginia. She also was visitor services coordinator for the Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C., and an education assistant at Historic Fallsington in Fallsington, Pa.

Museum president Brian Mercadante said hiring Yoder was the "final step toward the official opening of our museum," which is expected in January with visits by appointment before then. He said she has "has excellent credentials and experience as a museum curator and holds a degree in museum education."

Yoder has a bachelor's degree in museum education from Pennsylvania State University and an master's degree in humanities from California State University.

The new director, who has already worked with the museum as a volunteer, said: "This museum, housed in a unique and historic building, is an absolute treasure for the City of Glen Cove and the North Shore of Long Island. To help guide this museum is a wonderful opportunity."

Turning the former Justices Court building into a museum has taken 15 years and $750,000 in restoration paid for by grants and donations. The Dutch Revival structure at 140 Glen St. is on the National Register of Historic Places.

It was built in 1907-08 as a Town of Oyster Bay courthouse. The structure then served as city hall, courthouse and jail for Glen Cove when it was designated a city by the State Legislature in 1917. It has been vacant since 1995.

The restoration included re-creating the judge's bench in the courtroom space, where permanent displays will include Civil War artifacts and a 1911 bell from J.P. Morgan Jr.'s mansion on East Island. One of the basement jail cells has also been re-created.

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