Hartig Leads American History Museum

Anthea Hartig


Image Credit: Roman Cho, 2016


The National Museum of American History welcomes Anthea Hartig as its new Elizabeth MacMillan Director. Hartig formerly served as the Executive Director and CEO of the California Historical Society. An award- winning public historian and cultural heritage expert, she has dedicated her career to making the nation's richly diverse history accessible and relevant. She is the first woman to hold the director position since the National Museum of American History opened in 1964.

Hartig oversees a museum budget of nearly $50 million and a collection that includes 1.8 million objects. She will complete the museum's 120,000- square-foot west wing renewal with new arts and culture exhibitions.

As part of the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative, Hartig will open three exhibitions in 2019 and 2020: All Work, No Pay; Creating Icons: How We Remember Women's Suffrage; and Girlhood! (It's Complicated).