Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Sodus Bay Historical Society

  • Sodus Point, NY
  • www.sodusbaylighthouse.org

Mission Statement

The Sodus Bay Historical Society was founded in 1972. The mission of the Society is

•To collect, preserve, and exhibit records, writings, historical items, and artifacts;

•To preserve and disseminate information in the field of history connected with the Sodus Bay area;

•To serve the educational and cultural needs of the Sodus Bay area;

•To support the preservation of historic structures, sites, and monuments;

•To maintain a museum in the historic lighthouse, with an emphasis on local maritime history.

Main Programs

  1. Fourth of July Extravaganza
  2. Summer Concert Series at the Lighthouse
  3. Lighthouse Learning Lecture Series
  4. Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Sodus Bay Historical Society preserves the history of the Sodus Bay, New York, area. In addition, the Society serves as a cultural resource for Wayne County, and the Central New York and Finger Lakes region. The Lighthouse Museum operated by the Society draws visitors not only from New York State, but also from around the United States and the world. Approximately 22,000 people visit the lighthouse property each year.

ruling year

1992

Director since 2012

Self-reported

Mr. Joseph O'Toole

Keywords

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Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, Sodus Point, New York

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EIN

22-2542224

 Number

6522147239

Physical Address

7606 North Onario Street

Sodus Point, NY 14555

Also Known As

Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Fourth of July Extravaganza

Beginning on July 3 with a themed Kiddie Parade, Independence Day includes a Breakfast on the Bluff, overlooking Lake Ontario; a 5-K Run; an Art & Craft Show; and a free outdoor concert

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

16000.00

Program 2

Summer Concert Series at the Lighthouse

The Society hosts a FREE 10-concert series each summer between Independence Day and Labor Day. Concerts are held Sundays from 2-4. We also arrange for free shuttle bus service from area villages.

Category

Musical Performances

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

20000.00

Program 3

Lighthouse Learning Lecture Series

The Society hosts a lecture series (*with 6 presentations) that invites authors, performers, and researchers to speak about their specialized areas.

Category

Humanities Programs

Population(s) Served

Adults

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

1000.00

Program 4

Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum

Since 1984, the Society has operated the historic 1870 Sodus Bay Lighthouse as a museum. Displays focus on the local history of the Sodus Bay area, Lake Ontario, maritime history, and lighthouse and navigational tools.

Category

Museums

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

100000.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    One of the Society's primary goals is the preservation of the historic Sodus Bay Lighthouse, which was constructed in 1870. It served as an aid to navigation until 1901, when it was decommissioned, but continued to be used as a residence and office by lighthouse keepers and their families and later by the U.S. Coast Guard. The property was transferred to the Town of Sodus in 1984, and the Sodus Bay Historical Society leased the property from the town to operate a museum. Preservation of the structure is the responsibility of the Society.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Society has dutifully maintained the Lighthouse building since 1984. In 2014, the Society obtained a grant from the Preservation League of New York State for a Building Condition Survey. The Society worked with Bero Architecture of Rochester, New York, a firm which specializes in historic preservation. A report was completed in 2014 which outlines preservation priorities, establishes a plan for achieving these preservation goals, and creates a budget for completion of the project. Fortunately, there are NO critical structural issues with the lighthouse; all repairs are to ensure long-term preservation of the property.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Society already has 25% of the funding needed to complete ALL of the suggestions for preservation. Plans are in place to raise an additional 25-40% through preservation grants. A capital campaign will be conducted to raise the remaining 35-50% of the funds. The project will be completed in stages based on the architect's priorities as specified in the Building Condition Survey.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Community rallies around the Lighthouse as a focal point in the Sodus Bay area. There is increased support from individuals and the business community. The grant from the Preservation League of New York State was a vote of confidence for the society in its efforts to preserve the lighthouse. (The Society received $3,000 of only $45,000 available for all of New York State.)
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Partial grant funding has been obtained. A Building Condition Survey has been completed. Other sources of grant funding have been identified. A capital campaign is planned.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The Sodus Bay Historical Society preserves the history of the Sodus Bay, New York, area. In addition, the Society serves as a cultural resource for Wayne County, and the Central New York and Finger Lakes region. The Lighthouse Museum operated by the Society draws visitors not only from New York State, but also from around the United States and the world. Approximately 22,000 people visit the lighthouse property each year.

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Affiliations + Memberships

American Association for State and Local History

American Association of Museums - Member

National Trust For Historic Preservation

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SODUS BAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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Operations

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Sodus Bay Historical Society

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Director

Mr. Joseph O'Toole

BIO

Joseph O'Toole is the Director of the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, operated by the Sodus Bay Historical Society. Previously, he had worked as the Academic Support Specialist for Finger Lakes Community College's Wayne County Campus Center, Executive Director of the Wayne County Historical Society & Museum of Wayne County History, as Office Manager of the Education Department of the Memorial Art Gallery, as a Finance Specialist for Xerox Corporation, and as a professional writer. He holds a Bachelor's degree in English (with secondary concentrations in French, Latin, and Greek) and a Master's degree in English from St. Bonaventure University.

STATEMENT FROM THE Director

"Preservation of our history is critical for us to know both where we came from and where we are going. Since 1972, the Sodus Bay Historical Society has preserved the history of the area surrounding Sodus Bay and Lake Ontario in Wayne County, New York, and since 1984, we have maintained and operated the historic Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum. Preserving a stone building from 1870 and operating a museum requires many hands and many dollars. We encourage all to join us as volunteers, members, sponsors, and donors. Additional information is available on our website at www.sodusbaylighthouse.org. Thank you for your consideration and your assistance in preserving a wonderful piece of our past!"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Deborah Lattime

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan