WESTPORT — After 10 years as executive director of the Westport Historical Society, Susan Gold is retiring and moving to Naples, Florida. Gold started as education director in 2004 and became executive director in 2007.

Before coming to the historical society, Gold was program director and volunteer coordinator at Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum in Norwalk from 2000-20002 and, prior to that, worked freelance for the Westport Arts Center, WSHU Radio, John Franklin Public Relations and for local author and national emotional intelligence speaker Hank Weisinger.

Gold graduated from Ithaca College and earned a master’s from Cornell University. In addition to her passions for history and nonprofits, Gold is an avid swimmer, hiker, and kayaker. Gold has run 15 marathons, including the New York City Marathon with a time of 3:09, completed the Timberman Half Ironman in 2007, and has taught yoga at the New Canaan YMCA since 2008.

A cancer survivor, Gold teaches yoga at The Mission in Southport for cancer survivors, has offered a free 30-minute Qi (Chi) Gong lunchtime community class on the historical society lawn and Veterans Green. Donations for the Chi class go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Westport Historical Society board member Leigh Gage calls Gold, “a bundle of energy.”

During her tenure at WHS, Gold executed “Destination Westport,” a program of walking, and some kayaking, tours started by Allen and Barbara Raymond in 2007. With singer songwriter Suzanne Sheridan, Gold introduced the Coffeehouse at the Wheelers. Gold has invited many local performing, visual, and literary artists to share their talent with kids and adults during her time at the historical society.

Past president Joni Andrews calls Gold "dedicated, resourceful, and a tireless promoter of all things related to WHS —especially children's programs, fundraising events and exhibits.”

“Susan has given her all for WHS,” said Historical Society Board President Bob Mitchell. “She’ll be missed by us and the community. We will do our best to live up to her legacy.”