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A fool's errand : creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the age of Bush, Obama, and Trump / Lonnie G. Bunch III.

Bunch, Lonnie G., author. (Author).
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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Moorhead Public Library 069.0975 BUN (Text) 33500013138631 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781588346681
  • ISBN: 1588346684
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2019]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary, etc.: "Founding Director Lonnie Bunch's inside story of how the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture was created. By turns inspiring, funny, frustrating, quixotic, and bittersweet, this is his deeply personal tale of the challenges and rewards of bringing a nationally acclaimed new institution to life"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1
    Like the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History itself, its inaugural director's memoir tells a challenging and ultimately inspiring story of struggle, perseverance, and uplift. Bunch, now secretary of the entire Smithsonian Institution, begins with the new museum's dedication ceremony in 2016 and then bounces back in time to the early twentieth century, when a group of African American Civil War veterans first proposed a place on the National Mall to "expand America's knowledge about the black community." Following a brief history of the project's various fits and starts, Bunch focuses on his experience as director of a museum that, when he took the position in 2005, did not exist and how he developed the kernel of an idea into "one of the most diversely visited museums in the world." With frankness and optimism, he recounts tireless work fundraising, siting the building, selecting an architect, assembling a collection, and devising narratives to interpret that collection for visitors. Ever the historian, he impressively contextualizes his unique and fascinating adventures within a broad spectrum of recent American events and concerns. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1
    Like the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History itself, its inaugural director's memoir tells a challenging and ultimately inspiring story of struggle, perseverance, and uplift. Bunch, now secretary of the entire Smithsonian Institution, begins with the new museum's dedication ceremony in 2016 and then bounces back in time to the early twentieth century, when a group of African American Civil War veterans first proposed a place on the National Mall to "expand America's knowledge about the black community." Following a brief history of the project's various fits and starts, Bunch focuses on his experience as director of a museum that, when he took the position in 2005, did not exist and how he developed the kernel of an idea into "one of the most diversely visited museums in the world." With frankness and optimism, he recounts tireless work fundraising, siting the building, selecting an architect, assembling a collection, and devising narratives to interpret that collection for visitors. Ever the historian, he impressively contextualizes his unique and fascinating adventures within a broad spectrum of recent American events and concerns. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

LONNIE G. BUNCH III is Founding Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, and now Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Prior to becoming the director, he served as the president of the Chicago Historical Society and as the associate director for curatorial affairs at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Bunch is also co-author of The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden (Smithsonian Books, 2000) and From No Return: The 221-Year Journey of the Slave Ship São José (Smithsonian Books, 2017)

Subject: National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.)
National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.)
African Americans > Museums > Washington (D.C.) > Planning.
Museums > Social aspects > United States.
Museums > Washington (D.C.) > Planning.
Museums > Planning.
Museums > Social aspects.
United States.
Washington (D.C.)

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