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.
We had a successful strategic planning session this past Saturday with the Museum of Boulder. We can see that the museum is so loved in the community and thank everyone who participated!
Congrats to Nancy Moses on her new book!
prweb.com PHILADELPHIA (PRWEB) February 18, 2020 -- Roman & Littlefield Publishers announces the release of Fakes, Forgeries, and Frauds, a book that explores what’s real and what’s fake – and most pressingly, why do we care?
Interim Director Brent D. Glass sits down with Fox 5 NY to talk about the future of the Sing Sing Prison Museum and an update on what's happening now. On site interviews with Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison Executive Director Sean Pica, and a gardening initiative led by Douglas DeCandia.
Where you’ll find us on Thursday nights - #1921sun, a weekly happy hour in the Heurich House Museum garden, every Thursday from 5-8pm. #dcevents #dcbeer #drinkthedistrict #dupont #dupontcircle
“Sing Sing: A History” will be presented by Ossining Village historian Dana White on Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:30 pm in the clubhouse at Shattemuc Yacht Club.
Sing Sing Correctional Facility has hunkered down on the Ossining waterfront for almost 200 years. In this overview of its fascinating origins and evolution, Dana will also highlight the surprising ways the prison has shaped the village we know today. The presentation will include an update on the Sing Sing Prison Museum.
This presentation is sponsored by Ferry Sloops, a nonprofit environmental sailing organization that inspires people to appreciate and protect our magnificent Hudson River.
#ferrysloops #shattemucyachtclub #ossining #danawhite #singsing
National History Academy is a 5-week summer program for high school students to explore the foundations of American democracy in the places it actually happened. Space is limited, so encourage students to apply today! Financial aid is available. Visit www.HistoryCamp.com to learn more. #nationalhistoryacademy #summerprogram #americanhistory #summercamp #education
In celebration of #WomensHistoryMonth, we are sharing a link to Brent's conversation with Rick Steves about historic places across America where women changed history. All of these sites are included in Brent's book #50GreatAmericanPlaces.
soundcloud.com Published March 5, 2017 -- Celebrate 30 years of Women's History Month in the USA by visiting sites where women changed the nation's history, recommended by a former director of the Natio
Brent Glass published this op-ed in the Southwest Times Record published in Fort Smith, Arkansas, home of the US Marshals Museum.
swtimes.com As a historian and as a director of large and complex historical institutions, I have first-hand experience in building and sustaining museums that engage,
huntscanlon.com Washington, D.C.-based executive management consulting firm Brent D. Glass LLC has placed Jeff Rodgers as the new executive director of Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA. Van Shields announced his retirement from the museum last June. Mr. Rodgers was the unanimous selection after a rigorous four-mo...
Registration is now open for the 17th International Willa Cather Seminar, taking place at Shenandoah University June 17-21, 2019. The Willa Cather Foundation
willacather.org 17th International Willa Cather Seminar“Unsettling Cather: Differences and Dislocations”
We just completed another successful executive search for the Berkshire Museum! Thank you to MassLive for the article.
masslive.com He was the unanimous selection after a four-month search led by the Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees.
Yesterday we joined our friends at The Marshall Project for another thought-provoking and timely panel on criminal justice and the power of storytelling. Panelists included visionaries Tayari A. Jones, Piper Kerman and #DavidSimon.
#criminaljustice #storytelling #tayarijones #piperkerman #davidsimon #themarshallproject #publichistory #americanmemory #acreativedc
A great start to 2019, we led the kick-off annual planning meeting for the Heurich House Museum. It was great collaborating with their staff and board to plan for the year ahead. #regram #HHM2019 #strategicplanning #museummanagement
Calling all jazz lovers aboard! We cannot wait to see Veronica Swift and #vincegiordanoandthenighthawks perform on the #singsingswing cruise on November 18th. All event proceeds benefit the Sing Sing Prison Museum 🚢🎤🎼 Tickets are available on eventbrite and www.singsingprisonmuseum.org
All aboard! 🚢⚓️
Join #brentdglass for an “Up-the-River” cruise, from Yonkers City Pier to Sing Sing and back, Sunday, November 18th, 2018, 1 - 5pm.
Dance to the big band sounds of #vincegiordanoandthenighthawks. Enjoy an open bar and delicious foods inspired by the #hudsonvalleyharvest. Help build the Sing Sing Prison Museum that will tell the story of 200 years of American #criminaljustice history.
Sponsors include #singsingprisonmuseum Valley Table #hornblowercruises and #historichudsonrivertowns.
To purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com and search Sing Sing Swing! 🎶
In Phoenix this Thursday? Dr. Brent D. Glass will be at Heard Museum with Patronato San Xavier discussing why he selected #missionsanxavier for his book #50greatamericanplaces! Join us from 5:30-7:00pm. Tucson event is SOLD OUT.
Brent D. Glass LLC will be conducting the search for a new Executive Director of the Berkshire Museum. We are excited about working with the Berkshire Museum to find a strong, creative, and effective leader at an extraordinary moment for the museum and the community it serves.
theberkshireedge.com 'The Last Arrow' by Thomas Moran will be sold at auction at Sotheby's by the Berkshire Museum in November. Image courtesy Sotheby's News Briefs: Berkshire Museum searches for new executive director; Fairview participates in emergency drill; Lafayette Trail bill More Info By Edge Staff Saturday, Sep....
We started our Monday morning with The Marshall Project. Thank you for hosting and inviting us to the “What’s the Story? Criminal Justice and Narrative Change” panel. We aim to continue the dialogue surrounding #criminaljustice and #narrative through our work with the Sing Sing Prison Museum
#whatsthestory #themarshallproject #google #americanmemory #history #publichistory
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Brent will be joining the Patronato San Xavier in celebrating the rich history of Mission San Xavier this October! Join Brent in Tucson on October 10th or Phoenix on October 11th to learn why he selected Mission San Xavier for his book #50GREATAMERICANPLACES. Thank you to Tucson News Now for the article. Event Details to follow.
tucsonnewsnow.com Dr. Glass, the Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, will discuss the Mission at two events, one in Tucson and one in Phoenix to benefit Patronato San Xavier, the nonprofit dedicated to preserving and restoring the Mission.
Thank you for the article Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette! #50greatamericanplaces #littlerock
nwaonline.com The director emeritus of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History includes Little Rock Central High School on his list of must-see historical and cultural institutions.
Brent discussed the devastating fire at Brazil's National Museum with NPR and the consequential impact on the global museum community. We stand behind all of our colleagues in Brazil!
npr.org The blaze started Sunday night, spreading through the 200-year-old building and engulfing some of its 20 million artifacts.
This morning’s @librarycongress #natbookfest panel was a success! A lively and engaging discussion about the legacies and meanings of historic monuments in a contemporary context. Thank you to all the authors and to @nehgov @politicsprose!
We can’t believe the #natbookfest is just two days away!
Author of #50greatamericanplaces,
Dr. Brent D. Glass will be moderating the panel “Monumental Decisions.” Join Brent at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 1st at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
After an introduction from @nehgov Chairman #JonParrishPeede, Brent will be joined by the esteemed authors Kristin Ann Hass, James Reston, Jr. and Kirk Savage to discuss public monuments, their legacies and their roles in contemporary society.
Brent will also be signing copies of his book (pictured) following the panel. All books made available by @politicsprose.
#history #publichistory #americanhistory #americanmemory #paneldiscussion #madeindc #acreativedc #books #monuments #loc #library #libraryofcongress #somanybookssolittletime
Thank you for the mention Washington Post! Be sure not to miss the Monumental Decisions panel at The Library of Congress #natbookfest this Saturday, September 1st at 10 am. Check the link for full event details!
washingtonpost.com The festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 1.
We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Brent D. Glass will be moderating the panel “Monumental Decisions” at this year’s The Library of Congress #natbookfest. Join Brent at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 1st at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
After an introduction from National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman #JonParrishPeede, Brent will be joined by the esteemed authors Kristin Ann Hass, James Reston, Jr. and Kirk Savage to discuss public monuments, their legacies and their roles in contemporary society.
Brent will also be signing copies of his book #50greatamericanplaces following the panel. All books made available by Politics and Prose Bookstore
#history #publichistory #americanhistory #americanmemory #paneldiscussion #madeindc #acreativedc #books #monuments
#history #democracy #americanhistory #directoremeritus
Look what just popped up outside our offices! Heurich House Museum bringing together two of our favorite things, #art and #beer in their #theartofbeer #exhibition! Be sure not to miss the panel discussion with the featured artists, who designed the labels, posters and logos of local breweries, and #brightestyoungthings on August 21st at 6:00 pm. Exhibition runs until September 29th at the Heurich House Museum's Carriage House Gallery, located just below our offices at #brewstudios! #dcbw2018
National Museum of American History
Today we're reflecting on the life of singer, songwriter, diva, civil rights activist, and cultural icon Aretha Franklin. Over 100 of Franklin's records are in our collection, mostly 45s and 33s. Together they chronicle the vast expanse and depth of her recording career.
One of Music Curator John Troutman's favorites is the album "Young, Gifted and Black." Released in 1972, it includes one of her lesser-known masterpieces, "First Snow in Kokomo."
"Written while contemplating a winter's day in Kokomo, Indiana," says Troutman, "the song is absolutely breathtaking in its quiet celebration of the profound grace, awe, and joy of life. She had a special skill for crafting incredibly intimate scenes of the everyday."
On this sad day as we reflect on Franklin's legacy and profound imprint on American culture, which song will you most remember her for, and why?
Image: "Young, Gifted and Black," released in 1972, from the museum's collection
#singsinginthenews Sing Sing Prison Museum
nytimes.com Back in 1911, The Times discovered a trove of literary criticism inside one of the state’s most notorious prisons — but couldn’t figure out who the author was. 107 years later, we’ve solved the mystery.
Join Brent this Sunday, August 19th at 3:00 PM at Amagansett Free Library for a lively discussion about #monuments, #memorials, and #museums and how we remember the past. #publichistory #americanmemory
Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity will be honoring Brent with their lifetime achievement "Big Pi Award" this weekend! Read more here in the full press release. #pilamcon18
Thanks for the neighborly mention, Noted!
Our next-door neighbor at Brewmaster Studios, Brent D. Glass LLC is a consultant to global cultural, historical, and educational institutions and the Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. One of Brent's career highlights was during his time at the Smithsonian when the Museum lent a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation to the White House, where Brent joined President Obama and several historians and pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement to discuss the document and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
The Sing Sing Prison Museum Kickstarter is now live! Brent is a Senior Advisor to this timely and innovative museum project. Click the link to learn more and contribute.
kickstarter.com The Preview Center will offer a look at the themes, stories and programming for the Sing Sing Prison Museum, slated to open in 2025.
Discussing America's relationship with science and democracy with Medium. Be sure to read the article here: https://kng.ht/2L61Hsr
#democracy #science #mediaimpact
medium.com Science, like the media, seeks to reset relations with the public
Be sure not to miss the screenings of One Vote on May 12th and 13th at Nashville Film Festival!
5 days and counting until the cast reunited for our screening at Nashville Film Festival! In the meantime, here's a throwback to the Omaha Film Festival! #Documentary #Nashville
Purchase your One Vote tickets here: https://goo.gl/gCfr92
More must-see sites featured in Brent's book #50GreatAmericanPlaces. We hope our friends at these sites check out our interview on #RMWorldTravel.
Salk Institute The Mall (Washington DC) Disney Computer History Museum U.S. Space & Rocket Center Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site Hanford Reach Interpretive Center Minidoka National Historic Site The Hoover Dam Ryman Auditorium Will Rogers Memorial Museums The Henry Ford Warner Bros. Entertainment New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park Grand Central Terminal Wright Brothers National Memorial Taliesin Preservation Biltmore Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Thomas Edison National Historical Park Statue of Liberty National Monument Brooklyn Bridge Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument Wounded Knee The Museum Yellowstone National Park The Mark Twain House & Museum Harriet Beecher Stowe Center Gettysburg National Military Park Eisenhower National Historic Site Fort Sumter National Monument Old Slave Mart Temple Square The Alamo San Antonio Missions National Historical Park B&O Railroad Museum Historic New Harmony Hudson Library & Historical Society Slater Mill Historic Site Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Mission San Xavier del Bac Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Freedom Trail Fort Pitt Museum Heinz History Center New Castle Court House Museum Salem Witch Museum Palace of the Governors Photo Archives Mesa Verde National Park Kansas State University Pacific Historic Parks - USS Arizona Memorial
In case you missed it! This past Saturday, Brent chatted with our friends at RMWorldTravel with Robert & Mary Carey and Rudy Maxa about must-see sites across America, all featured in his book #50GreatAmericanPlaces, published by Simon & Schuster.
Be sure to listen here to the 04/07/2018 Show, Hour 2:
Sites include #LibertyBell Friends of Independence National Historical Park, Women's Rights National Historical Park and Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, Seward House Museum,#MartinLutherKingJrNPS, Cahokia Mounds World Heritage Site, Gateway Arch, Presidio of San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge and Willa Cather House
Washington Sound Museum is a collaborative concert series that introduces audiences to diverse genres of world music mixed w/ the sounds of Washington, DC.
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The Smithsonian's Theater for Young Audiences in Washington, D.C.
A local chapter of the Museum Education Roundtable, we host professional development activities in the greater DC area. Our events provide educational experiences for museum educators at any level.
The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is one of the top event venues in the country for all types of special occasions.