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Rick Beard

Rick Beard, former museum administrator. Member American Association Museum, American Studies Association, Society of America Historians.

Background

  • Beard, Rick was born on March 27, 1947 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Richard B. and Peggy Ann (O'Gorman) Beard.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in History with honors, Juniata College, 1969. Master of Arts, Emory University, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy in American Studies, Emory University, 1981.

    Career

    • Research historian Office of Small Exhibits National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1974-1977. Coordinator Yale Center American Art and Material Culture, 1977-1980. Senior exhibit planner Design and Production Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, 1981-1982.

      Associate director The Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York, 1982-1985, director, 1985-1986. Associate director programs, collections, and publications Museum of the City of New York, 1986-1992. Executive director Atlanta History Society, 1992—2002.

      Chief operating officer New York History Society, 2002—2004. Director Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. & Museum, Springfield, Illinois, 2006—2008.

      Consultant in field; president Civil War 150: The Sesquicentennial Initiative.

    Works

    • Author: (with Frederick S. Voss) Packaging Presidents: Memorabilia from Campaigns Past, 1984. Editor: On Being Homeless: Historical Perspectives, 1987, A Common Purpose and Shared Commitment: One Hundred Years of Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center, 1990, Greenwich Village: Culture and Counterculture, 1992. Contributor articles to professional journals.

    Membership

    Member American Association Museum, American Studies Association, Society of America Historians.

    Connections

    • Married Susan Elliott, July 11, 1992. 1 child, Nora.
    • father: Richard B. Beard
    • mother: Peggy Ann (O'Gorman) Beard
    • spouse: Susan Elliott
    • child: Nora Beard
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    Born March 27, 1947
    (age 69)
    Nationality
    • 1969
      Juniata College
    • 1972
      Emory University
    • 1981
      Emory University
    • 1974 - 1977
      Research historian Office of Small Exhibits National Portrait Gallery
      Washington, United States
    • 1977 - 1980
      coordinator, Yale Center American Art and Material Culture
    • 1981 - 1982
      senior, exhibit planner Design and Production Incorporated
      Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt
    • 1982 - 1985
      associate, director The Hudson River Museum
      Yonkers, New York, United States
    • 1986 - 1992
      associate, director programs
    • 1992 - 2002
      executive, director Atlanta History Society
    • 2002 - 2004
      chief operating officer New York History Society
    • 2006 - 2008
      director, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
      Springfield, Missouri, United States
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