Headliners Luncheon with Coffee & Conversation with Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III

Wharton Club members & their guests are invited to this Headliners Program at the National Press Club










Lonnie G. Bunch III, the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian and the first African American to hold the office in its nearly 175-year history, will discuss his vision for the institution and sign copies of his recent book, “A Fool’s Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama and Trump,” at a National Press Club Headliners event on Monday, December 9 at 10:00 a.m.

As the Smithsonian's secretary, Bunch oversees 19 museums, 21 libraries and the National Zoo, as well as all of their corresponding research and education centers. Visitors to the public facilities total about 30 million each year, and the Smithsonian could well be viewed as "the gold standard" in museum and cultural organizations.

Bunch comes to the position after launching the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. When he took that post in 2005, the museum was little more than a dream with one staff person, no collections, no funding and no site. The museum now has a collection of more than 40,000 objects, and has welcomed more than 6 million visitors since opening in 2016. 

This event will take place in the Club’s Fourth Estate Restaurant, and will feature a moderated discussion with the author, an audience question-and-answer session, and a book signing.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. with a light breakfast of coffee, tea, muffins and pastries.

Preordered books will be available for pickup and signing at the event. Attendees will also be able to purchase books at the door. Proceeds from the book sales will benefit the National Press Club Journalism Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the Club, so the Institute asks that you leave all outside books at home.


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9:30AM - 11:30AM Mon 9 Dec 2019 ( Timezone: Eastern )


The National Press Club, Fourth Estate Restaurant, 13th Floor
529 - 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045 USA

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Sherman Ragland, II
Cynthia Jachles
Karyl Berger-Cafiero
Marilyn Carlson
Wanza Bates
Paul Cato
  University of Chicago
Alan Schlaifer
  Wharton Club of DC
Julian Wilson
Guest of Julian Wilson Smith
Guest of Julian Wilson Abayomi
Guest of Julian Wilson Downing
Helen Qubain
  Story Goldmine
Gary Galloway
Darnley Howard
  Advansa International
Charles G Amos Jr
Charles G Amos Amos
Philo Collins
Guest of Philo Collins Jewett
Eric Goldman
Pat Tyson
Lisa Bolden
  L.A.Bolden Company
Janet Hanlon
Charles G Amos Jr
Justine Schaffner
  Washington Institute
Anita Ragland, II
Emmanuelle Angarita-Wise
Charles G Amos Jr
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