Continuing in Charting a Course for the Future

Kennebunkport Historical Society Selects New Executive Director


For immediate release, the Board of Directors of the Kennebunkport Historical Society have selected their new Executive Director to lead the day to day and operational activities for the society.  Kristin Lewis Haight, a local Kennebunk resident, bringing 30 years professional experience, has accepted the challenge.

Haight is very familiar with Southern Maine. Originally from Massachusetts, spent her summers as child in Ogunquit, raised her children in York, and today is happy to call Kennebunk her home.

Her experience and accomplishments over the years include co-ownership of the award-winning Clay Hill Farm restaurant in Cape Neddick and more recently, founder of the Kin Konnection, a local genealogy research service. She understands the importance of community and preserving history for future generations.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wellesley College, a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path University and currently teaches technical communications at the Landing School of Boat Building & Design.  Bringing a perfect balance of life experience and education that tailors perfectly to the Historical Society’s mission.

“This is the time when we need more energy and enthusiasm than ever to get us back on the right course!!”  Stated Sarah Reagan Auer, KHS Board representative, “Kristin immediately stood out during the recruitment process.  Her interest and experience in genealogy and her genuine love for local community and history really resonated.   We were most impressed with her demeanor and communication skills given she will be the face of the society moving forward which is most important for our success.”

Haight is very excited for the challenge that lies ahead.  “History is such an important part of our lives and can bring generations together.  I am truly honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to lead the Kennebunkport Historical Society as Executive Director.  It is exciting to think about the opportunities that lie ahead, especially as we re-emerge from a global pandemic.  I look forward to collaborating with the board, volunteers, community members and staff to continue the stewardship of preserving Kennebunkport’s history and to shape that future.”

In her spare time, Kristin enjoys many activities including tennis, kayaking, yoga, reading, writing, painting, photography, visiting with friends and family, laughing and of course genealogy.

The Kennebunkport Historical Society is a non-profit member supported organization, established in 1952 with the purpose of preserving and presenting the history, art and culture of Kennebunkport.

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