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Brent D. Glass LLC Author, Television Presence, and International Speaker on Public Memory & Museum Management. BRENT D. GLASS IS DIRECTOR EMERITUS OF THE SMITHSONIAN’S NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY, THE WORLD’S LARGEST MUSEUM DEVOTED TO TELLING THE STORY OF AMERICA.

A NATIONAL LEADER IN THE PRESERVATION, INTERPRETATION, AND PROMOTION OF HISTORY, GLASS IS A PUBLIC HISTORIAN WHO PIONEERED INFLUENTIAL ORAL HISTORY AND MATERIAL CULTURE STUDIES, AN AUTHOR, TELEVISION PRESENCE AND INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER ON PUBLIC MEMORY AND MUSEUM MANAGEMENT. AS DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY FROM 2002 TO 2011, GLASS LED A TWO-YEAR, $87 MILLION RENOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF 20 NEW EXHIBITIONS FOR THE 2008 REOPENING, INCLUDING MAJOR EXHIBITIONS ON THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER; ABRAHAM LINCOLN: AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE AND ON THE WATER: STORIES FROM MARITIME AMERICA, AND 80 PUBLIC PROGRAMS AND 2,500 THEATER PERFORMANCES. SINCE 2008, MORE THAN 20 MILLION PEOPLE HAVE VISITED, A 50% INCREASE OVER PREVIOUS YEARS AND THE MUSEUM’S WEB SITE HAS AN ADDITIONAL 8 MILLION ANNUAL VISITS. GLASS IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF AND CONSULTANT TO THE DIPLOMATIC, CULTURAL, AND ACADEMIC COMMUNITIES. HE IS A MEMBER OF THE FLIGHT 93 MEMORIAL ADVISORY COMMISSION AND OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT’S U.S-RUSSIA BILATERAL COMMISSION WORKING GROUP ON EDUCATION AND CULTURE. HE TRAVELS FREQUENTLY AS A FEATURED SPEAKER OR PARTICIPANT IN U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT CULTURAL DIPLOMACY PROGRAMS, AND SERVES AS A CONSULTANT AND ADVISOR TO SEVERAL CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING THE PRESIDIO IN SAN FRANCISCO PRESIDIO AND THE DEVOS INSTITUTE AT THE KENNEDY CENTER IN WASHINGTON. HE IS A TRUSTEE OF LAFAYETTE COLLEGE IN EASTON, PENNSYLVANIA AND A SENIOR SCHOLAR AT THE WOODROW WILSON CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES IN WASHINGTON, D.C. BEFORE JOINING THE SMITHSONIAN, GLASS SERVED FROM 1987-2002 AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PENNSYLVANIA HISTORICAL AND MUSEUM COMMISSION, MANAGING THE LARGEST AND MOST COMPREHENSIVE STATE HISTORY PROGRAM IN THE COUNTRY, WITH 25 HISTORICAL SITES AND MUSEUMS, STATE ARCHIVES, STATE MUSEUM, THE STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE, PUBLIC HISTORY PROGRAMS AND HISTORICAL PUBLICATIONS. GLASS EARNED HIS DOCTORATE IN HISTORY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA CHAPEL HILL, A MASTER’S DEGREE IN AMERICAN STUDIES FROM NEW YORK UNIVERSITY, AND BACHELOR’S DEGREE FROM LAFAYETTE COLLEGE. HE ALSO COMPLETED THE PROGRAM FOR GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVES AT THE KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY. HE WRITES EXTENSIVELY ON TOPICS RANGING FROM STATE OF-THE-MUSEUM BLOGS TO PUBLIC MEMORY, HISTORIC PRESERVATION, AND INDUSTRIAL HISTORY.

Timeline Photos
05/27/2021

Timeline Photos

05/12/2021

Dr. Glass has completed his tenure as the Interim Director of the National Building Museum and shares a few words:

Brent made an appearance on Fox 5 DC this morning to chat about the reopening of the National Building Museum. The museu...
04/09/2021

Brent made an appearance on Fox 5 DC this morning to chat about the reopening of the National Building Museum. The museum is now open to visitors after being closed for 16 months!

Read more here: https://www.nbm.org/national-building-museum-announces-april-9-reopening/

Brent made an appearance on Fox 5 DC this morning to chat about the reopening of the National Building Museum. The museum is now open to visitors after being closed for 16 months!

Read more here: https://www.nbm.org/national-building-museum-announces-april-9-reopening/

Tonight’s digital event for the National Building Museum:
04/07/2021

Tonight’s digital event for the National Building Museum:

Journey with us to France tomorrow!

Take a tour of Château La Coste, a unique property in Provence, France, which combines sculptural artworks by leading contemporary artists alongside pavilions and buildings by some of the world’s best-known architects, all within the grounds of a working vineyard.

Architectural photographer Alan Karchmer and Robert Ivy, FAIA, CEO of the American Institute of Architects, talk about their book Château La Coste: Art and Architecture in Provence, which Ivy co-authored and for which Karchmer was the commissioned photographer.

Register here:
http://go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/1323674130?view=Detail&id=127053&fbclid=IwAR06CpounI8vNtZzAkyzA05Cc9NLmqQE7IcyH35zjUFKGsePSBpEVVp752I

03/12/2021

The National Building Museum is pleased to announce that Aileen Chumard Fuchs has been selected as our new President and Executive Director. She is the fifth director, and the second woman director, in the Museum's 40+ years. Aileen starts her new role on May 5 and will replace Dr. Brent Glass, who has served as Interim Executive Director since July 2020.

Currently, Aileen is the President and CEO of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, on Staten Island, New York, which she has led since July 2017. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of Exhibits & Programs at the The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, and the associate curator and content manager at the American History Workshop.

“As our nation reopens and recovers, Americans are looking to create more just, safe, healthy, and resilient environments for their lives. This is precisely the mission and the role of the National Building Museum—sparking curiosity about the built environment in order to create a better world—and this mission has never been more relevant. I look forward to working with the talented staff and Board to deepen the Museum’s impact as it enters this next chapter.” —Aileen Fuchs

Learn more: go.nbm.org/newdirector

Photo: Michael McWeeney

02/17/2021

After 10 years of planning and coordination, we are thrilled to see the first of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway signs installed in Virginia. Over the coming months, additional signs will be installed along the Route 15 corridor connecting the Virginia portion of the Byway with the Maryland portion, which was marked several years ago.

Excited to see Brent in this moment Barack Obama shared today!
02/12/2021

Excited to see Brent in this moment Barack Obama shared today!

Honored to have been selected for a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant with the Sing Sing Prison Muse...
12/23/2020
NEH Announces $33 Million for 213 Humanities Projects Nationwide

Honored to have been selected for a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant with the Sing Sing Prison Museum! We are one step closer to our goal of imagining a more just society with this project. #NEHGrant

Press Release NEH Announces $33 Million for 213 Humanities Projects Nationwide Grant awards support innovative digital projects for the public, humanities initiatives on college campuses, and infrastructure projects at cultural institutions. TwitterFacebook (December 16, 2020) WASHINGTON, D.C.— Th...

Brent joined the groundbreaking of the Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum this morning on behalf of the Nation...
09/14/2020

Brent joined the groundbreaking of the Lillian & Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum this morning on behalf of the National Building Museum. He shared a few words and welcomed them to their new new location!

09/08/2020
ABC 7 News - WJLA

Did you catch Brent on ABC7 at the National Building Museum? Check it out!

OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM: Join us for another hour as teacher and ABC7 Meteorologist Ryan Miller shares some fun lessons for students while they're home from school.

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It was an honor to join Rep. John Lewis at the National Museum of American History on February 2, 2010 to commemorate th...
07/27/2020

It was an honor to join Rep. John Lewis at the National Museum of American History on February 2, 2010 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Greensboro, NC lunch counter sit-ins. Three surviving members of the Greensboro Four and their families shared the stage along with Lonnie Bunch (now Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution) and other dignitaries as we sang "We Shall Overcome." The memory and impact of John Lewis will forever live on.

The museum has an outstanding 40-year history of innovative exhibits and programs, and it occupies one of the nation’s a...
07/22/2020
Brent D. Glass Named Interim Executive Director of National Building Museum

The museum has an outstanding 40-year history of innovative exhibits and programs, and it occupies one of the nation’s architectural treasures. This is a great honor and opportunity for me.

https://www.architectmagazine.com/design/brent-d-glass-named-interim-executive-director-of-national-building-museum_o

A prominent historian, Glass joins the NBM following the retirement of its longtime executive director Chase Rynd.

Support local bookstores with a Father's Day gift using Bookshop! It's a great time to check out "50 Great American Plac...
06/17/2020
50 Great American Places: Essential Historic Sites Across the U.S.

Support local bookstores with a Father's Day gift using Bookshop! It's a great time to check out "50 Great American Places":

https://bookshop.org/books/50-great-american-places-essential-historic-sites-across-the-u-s/9781451682038

A one-of-a-kind guide to fifty of the most important cultural and historic sites in the United States guaranteed to fascinate, educate, and entertain--selected and described by the former director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. From Massachusetts to Florida to Washington t...

National History Academy
06/15/2020
National History Academy

National History Academy

National History Academy Online's College Prep Program for High School Students is offering four one-week programs centered on the Case Method Institute’s “History of American Democracy” curriculum developed by David Moss, professor at Harvard Business School. Beginning July 6, these weekly cases focus on critical events in our history – the creation of the Constitution, political division leading to Civil War, Martin Luther King’s fight for civil rights and voting rights, and women’s struggle for equal rights in America. Our classes, guest speakers, and virtual site visits allow students to relate these defining events of our history to the serious challenges we face as a country today. High School Students may enroll in our College Prep Program at no cost.

06/12/2020
Charter The Path: Young Voices on Justice

Our community conversation series takes a look at how we can tackle systemic inequality. Co-sponsored by Ossining and Peekskill High Schools, and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice.

03/27/2020
Museum planned at Sing Sing prison

We invited Associated Press journalists on a behind the scenes tour of the Sing Sing Prison Museum project back in February. Brent shares a few words about our project here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU6gT3BrbKc

Busting out of Sing Sing has been a dream for inmates since the 1820s. Now a museum would usher visitors inside the famous prison where gangsters, Hollywood ...

When we return to work after #coronavirus, it cannot be to business as usual. #Museums should embrace this as chance rei...
03/26/2020
America’s Big Museums on the Hot Seat

When we return to work after #coronavirus, it cannot be to business as usual. #Museums should embrace this as chance reinvent themselves. As a sector, we've seen the impact we have on our communities. Let's keep the good work going.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/18/arts/design/how-to-save-museums.html

As the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston commemorate their 150th birthdays in a state of heightened scrutiny, our critic offers a five-point plan to save the souls of our venerable institutions.

Foxfire Museum are proud public historians and folklorists, and are collecting oral histories to document this time duri...
03/25/2020
COVID-19 Oral History Project | Foxfire

Foxfire Museum are proud public historians and folklorists, and are collecting oral histories to document this time during Covid-19.

You can learn more about the project and how to participate here: https://www.foxfire.org/covid-19-oral-history-project-2/

Foxfire COVID-19 Oral History Project As public historians and folklorists, we have a responsibility (and interest!) to capture history as it happens around us, and to engage the community in that pursuit. In light of the current coronavirus pandemic and trend of “social distancing,” we are turn...

Museums have so much to offer us even when we aren't able to visit. Past client National Willa Cather Center offers a gr...
03/24/2020
Willa Cather

Museums have so much to offer us even when we aren't able to visit. Past client National Willa Cather Center offers a great virtual tour of Red Cloud. http://virtualcather.org/

03/23/2020
Fort Ligonier

Many of our clients are getting creative in bringing their museums to the world during #socialdistancing. Fort Ligonier Museum brings us this fun video series we're excited to see more of!

Get your daily dose of history with, A Minute With Matt! Over the next couple weeks join our Assistant Director of Education Matt Gault as he takes a minute to share the history of Fort Ligonier's Museum and Historic Site! Check it out!
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