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Bedford Hills Historical Museum Gets New President

BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. – Starting Tuesday, the Bedford Hills Historical Museum will have a new acting president, as Stanley Telega will be atop the board.

Telega is taking over for Elin Sullivan, who ran the museum for the last five years and will be a tough figure to follow.

“Since I have to follow in those shoes, I better get my tail in gear to get anywhere near her impact,” Telega said. “She was such a hard worker.”

But Telega said he is ready for the task, as his personality and background have prepared him to help bring the past back to the forefront of Bedford Hills.

“I bring enthusiasm, and I’m an obsessive collector. I like to talk, and I like to do research, and I love history,” he said. “The board will just get better and better with people who can do more and more things. I’m prognosticating bigger and better things.”

Currently residing in Mahopac, Telega is a flooring contractor who also collects rare books and artwork. He is a historian by nature, he said, one who cannot help but wish to preserve each part of a community for how special it is and once was.

“Anything I can do, any way to help this history of the town, I have the will to do it,” he said. “I would love to keep whole sections of the town as they are, but that’s the way a historian thinks.”

The Bedford Hills Historical Museum resides underneath the Town House in Bedford Hills, the location of the town government. It might be easy to miss considering its short hours – open only on Thursdays and Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., or by appointment.

Telega said it is the charm of the town’s past that has him believing he will have a vast audience, nonetheless.

“When there are fresh exhibits, people do come out and they are supportive,” he said, calling the job’s details “fascinating. Because there is an infinite amount of ways to view this town.”

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