STONINGTON — The Stonington Board of Selectmen has thanked Elizabeth Wood, former executive director of the Stonington Historical Society, for her commitment to the community and its history. Wood led the nonprofit organization for nearly four years beginning in 2015 until her resignation at the end of July. She joined the society 11 years ago and will continue to be a member of its board.

The commendation to Wood said she had worked to bolster the organization's professionalism and broaden its relevance to a broader audience. It also cited the publication of “A Village Love Affair: Rollie McKenna’s Stonington," which won a first place award from the New England Museum Association. The book was an extension of a grant-funded exhibit that calls attention to the images captured by the  photographer when she lived in Stonington Borough during the mid-1900s.

After presenting Wood with her certificate on Wednesday, First Selectman Robert Simmons presented a $20,000 check to Michael Schefers, president of the society's board, in support of the Lighthouse Museum Campaign. The campaign is raising funds for the restoration and expansion of the Old Lighthouse Museum, the first lighthouse museum in the U.S.

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