ICYMI: Highlights from the week that was May 26 – June 1, 2019

No one can keep up with everything, so let us do it for you. We’ll gather the top Smithsonian stories from across the country and around the world each week so you’ll never be at a loss for conversation around the water cooler.

Lonnie Bunch III was named the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian this week. Here are some of the more significant stories about the announcement.

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Lonnie Bunch Headshot

Lonnie G. Bunch, Secretary-Elect of the Smithsonian Institution. (Photo by Michael Barnes)

Smithsonian names Lonnie Bunch III as new secretary, the first African American in the top spot

Smithsonian’s new secretary, Lonnie Bunch III, faces political and financial challenges

The Washington Post, May 28

Lonnie Bunch III Set To Become Smithsonian Institution’s First Black Secretary

NPR, May 28

Smithsonian Institution names first African American leader in 172-year history

CNN, May 28

The Smithsonian Names Lonnie Bunch as Its New Secretary, the First African American and First Historian to Hold the Post

Artnet News, May 28

Lonnie G. Bunch to become fourteenth Secretary of the Smithsonian

Artforum, May 28

Lonnie Bunch to be new Smithsonian Institution secretary 

Washington Business Journal, May 28

Historian Who Launched African-American Museum Is Named Smithsonian Institution Chief 

Wall Street Journal, May 28

Leader of Smithsonians African American Museum to Direct Entire Institution 

The New York Times, May 28

Smithsonian’s first black leader: ‘There are still doors people can’t get in’

The Guardian, May 29

Smithsonian Appoints Lonnie Bunch III As Its First African American Secretary

Forbes, May 28

Lonnie Bunch to become first African American to lead the Smithsonian Institution

USA Today, May 29

Lonnie Bunch III Becomes First Ever Black Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

The Root, May 28

Smithsonian Institution Appoints Its First African-American Secretary

Ebony, June 12

Who Will Be the Next Leader of the National Museum of African American History & Culture?

A national search will follow Lonnie Bunch’s ascension to Secretary of the Smithsonian.

Washingtonian, May 28


Posted: 2 June 2019
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Alex di Giovanni is primarily responsible for "other duties as assigned" in the Office of Communications and External Affairs. She has been with the Smithsonian since 2006 and plans to be interred in the Smithson crypt.