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Lonnie G. Bunch III Named 14th Secretary

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Bunch, Lonnie G Skorton, David J Chicago Historical Society National Air and Space Museum National Museum of African American History and Culture National Museum of American History California African-American Museum


Chronology of Smithsonian HistorySmithsonian Torch, May 28, 2019, "Lonnie Bunch III is 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian"; Smithsonian Press Release, May 28, 2019, Announcement from the Board of Regents: 14th Secretary NamedThe Smithsonian Institution's Board of Regents announced on May 28, 2019, that it unanimously elected Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, as the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian, effective June 16. In September 2016, Bunch oversaw the opening of the nation's largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. Bunch's election is unprecedented for the Smithsonian: He is the first African American to lead the Smithsonian, and the first historian elected Secretary. In addition, he is the first museum director to ascend to Secretary in 74 years. "Lonnie Bunch guided, from concept to completion, the complex effort to build the premier museum celebrating African American achievements," said John G. Roberts, Jr., Smithsonian Chancellor and Chief Justice of the United States. "I look forward to working with him as we approach the Smithsonian's 175th anniversary, to increase its relevance and role as a beloved American institution and public trust."Bunch, a public historian, has spent more than 35 years in the museum field, where he is regarded as one of the nation's leading figures in the historical and museum communities. Bunch joined the staff of the National Air and Space Museum as an...

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