David McCullough Joins National Museum of American History’s Board

February 19, 2007

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recently elected David McCullough to its board. He was approved by the Smithsonian’s Board of Regents for a three-year term with the option of serving a second term. Other recent additions to the Museum’s board include Ambassador Philip Lader, non-executive chairman of WPP Group plc, the worldwide advertising/communications firm and senior advisor to Morgan Stanley; and David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of The Carlyle Group. Their three-year terms began in October 2006.

The Museum’s board was established in 1996. It advises the director on programs, exhibitions, facilities, development and finance. The current board has 28 members, including historians, business community leaders and philanthropists, and is chaired by Richard Darman of The Carlyle Group.

McCullough is an award-winning author whose books include “John Adams” and “Truman” — both of which won McCullough the Pulitzer Prize — and the more recent “1776.” Throughout his career he also has been an editor, teacher and lecturer and is a past president of the Society of American Historians and member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been honored with the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award; the National Humanities Medal; the St. Louis Literary Award; the Carl Sandburg Award; the New York Public Library’s Literary Lion Award; and, in December 2006, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

“The Museum will benefit enormously from the appointment of David McCullough to its board,” said Brent Glass, director of the National Museum of American History. “In addition to his knowledge as a historian, he is a masterful storyteller, and I look forward to working with him to bring the great story of American history to our millions of visitors.”

The National Museum of American History collects, preserves and displays American heritage in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific and military history. Documenting the American experience from Colonial times to the present, the Museum looks at growth and change in the United States. The Museum is closed for major renovations and will re-open in summer 2008. For Smithsonian information, the public may visit the Museum’s Web site at http://americanhistory.si.edu or call (202) 633-1000, (202) 633-5285 (TTY).