Sodus Bay Historical Society

aka Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum   |   Sodus Point, NY   |  www.sodusbaylighthouse.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

1992

Director

Mr. Joseph O'Toole

Main address

7606 North Ontario Street PO Box 94

Sodus Point, NY 14555 USA

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EIN

22-2542224

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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Our programs

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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

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served

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

Population(s) Served

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.

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Awards

Listing of Sodus Bay Lighthouse on National Register 1976

National Register of Historic Places

Affiliations & memberships

American Association for State and Local History 2012

American Association of Museums - Member 2012

National Trust For Historic Preservation 2012

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Financials

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Sodus Bay Historical Society

Board of directors
as of 06/02/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Deborah Lattime

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes