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Rick Beard

Museum administrator

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

book On Being Homeless: Historical Perspectives Essays Published to Accompany the Exhibition on Being Homeless: an Historical Perspective 24 November 1987 through 27 March 1988

Membership

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

Connections

Married Susan Elliott, July 11, 1992. 1 child, Nora.