Grateful American™ Radio Show


Meet John Gray: Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

John Gray has been the Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History since July 23, 2012. He oversees 234 employees, a budget of more than $34 million and the renewal of the museum’s 120,000-square-foot west exhibition wing.

Prior to this job, he spent much of his career in banking and government service until he became director of the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles. There, he enlarged the museum’s mission and scope, and, in 2002, merged the museum with Colorado’s Women of the West Museum and, in 2004, with Los Angeles’ oldest museum, the Southwest Museum of the American Indian.

So it was an honor for Grateful American™ Foundation directors David Bruce Smith and Hope Katz Gibbs to sit down with John in his office at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.

In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • What the Smithsonian doing to help people get more interested in American history.
  • John’s goals for the future of the organization.
  • Whether there is an upward trend in terms of attendance at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History — and what else can be done to get people interested in American history.
  • What got John hooked on history.
  • And who insight into his favorite era and historical figures.
  • Plus much more.

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