Talk by Director Anthea Hartig on her Vision for the National Museum of American History

Anthea Hartig

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The new director of the National Museum of American History, Anthea Hartig, will be speaking about her efforts to make the nation's history accessible, alongside the winners of the Marie C. Malaro Award Excellence for Research and Writing award winners in the program of Museum Studies at GW. Dr. Hartig is this year's Malaro speaker for 2020.


Dr. Hartig is the first woman to hold the director position since the museum opened in 1964. Now one year into her tenure, Hartig is an award-winning public history and cultural heritage expert. She has announced her intention to make the nation's history relevant and will discuss these ideas with us. Dr. Hartig grew up in California and served as the Executive Director and CEO of the California Historical Society and prior to that as the director of the Western Region for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. She earned her MA and PhD in history at the University of California, Riverside, and her BA from UCLA. She also studied at the College of William and Mary.


The Salon Doré is the Corcoran’s 18th-century French period room. It was originally part of the hôtel de Clermont, an important early 18th-century private residence in the Faubourg Saint-Germain, an old aristocratic quarter of Paris. After purchasing the house in 1768, Pierre-Gaspard-Marie Grimod, Count d'Orsay, commissioned the Salon Doré as the drawing room for his bride, Marie-Louise-Albertine-Amélie, Princess de Croÿ-Molenbais; it was completed just in time for their marriage in December 1770. In 1926 the room’s gilded wall paneling and ceiling mural came to the Corcoran as part of the bequest of William A. Clark (1839–1925), an industrialist and United States Senator from Montana. Senator Clark purchased the room around 1904 for installation in the mansion he was building on Fifth Avenue at 77th Street in New York City.



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