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Melodye Moore has been a long-serving leader at the Dutchess County Historical Society in many roles: as Chair of the Collections Committee, as Program Chair of major initiatives like the “Year of the Veteran,” and is very centrally involved in interpretation for public engagement. She authored numerous articles on local history, has been a lecturer, including at Marist College for Lifetime Studies. She served as Chief Administrative Officer and Site Manager for Mills Mansion Historic Site in Staatsburg.

Bill Jeffway was appointed Executive Director of the Dutchess County Historical Society (DCHS) in early 2017. Having retired from three decades of work in communications and marketing, primarily at the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, he turned his attention to his first love: local history. Given his background, he is helping DCHS “get the word out” about its enormous reserves of physical collections, research and writings that have been nurtured since DCHS’s 1914 inception.

Together, in addition to their managerial roles, Bill & Melodye develop the majority of program and exhibition content for DCHS and manage its outreach efforts to members, educators, and friends of history.