OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

OAH Distinguished Lectureship program 40 years 1981-2021

Anthea M. Hartig

Portrait of Anthea M. Hartig
Image Credit: Jacqueline Nash, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, 2019

Anthea M. Hartig is the Elizabeth MacMillan Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and the first woman to hold the position since the museum opened in 1964.  Hartig oversees more than 250 employees, a budget of over $40 million, and a collection that includes 1.8 million objects and more than three shelf-miles of archives. An award-winning public historian and cultural heritage expert, Hartig is dedicated to making the nation’s richly diverse history accessible and relevant. Before joining the Smithsonian, she served as the executive director and CEO of the California Historical Society (CHS) in San Francisco. She also served as the director of the Western Region for the National Trust for Historic Preservation from 2005 to 2011 and has been involved in historic preservation and public history projects since the 1990s. She earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in history at the University of California, Riverside, her bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Los Angeles and studied as an undergraduate and graduate student at the College of William and Mary. Dedicated to public and non-profit advocacy, Hartig has served on numerous California State Commissions, task forces, and Boards, including the California Preservation Foundation and National Council for Public History. She is currently the Vice President of the Organization of American Historians.

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