National Press Club

Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III to appear at Headliners Book Event, 10 am Dec. 9

November 9, 2019 | By Lindsay Underwood | lunderwood@press.org

Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III will discuss his new book about creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture at a Dec. 9 National Press Club event.

Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III will discuss his new book about creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture at a Dec. 9 National Press Club event.

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 Monday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m.

The event will take place in the Club’s Fourth Estate Restaurant. It will include 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.

Tickets cost $5 for Club members and $10 for the general public. Purchase tickets online.

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.

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. Since its opening in September 2016, it has become one of the most popular museums on the National Mall, welcoming six million visitors to see its more than 40,000 objects.

Pre-ordered 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 nonprofit affiliate of the Club, so the Institute asks attendees to leave all outside books at home.