Lonnie Bunch was the keynote speaker at a seminar on Connecting to the World's Connections: Making the Case for the Conservation and Preservation of our Cultural Heritage.
The seminar, co-sponsored by the Salzburg Global Seminar and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, was held at the Leopoldskron Palace in Salzburg, Austria from 28th October to 1st November.
The seminar addressed a range of concerns including advocacy and public awareness, emergency preparedness, education and training and new preservation approaches.
Lonnie Bunch is the founding director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. In this position, he is
working to set the museum's mission, coordinate its fund raising and membership campaigns, develop its collections and establish cultural partnerships. He is currently designing a high-profile program of traveling exhibitions and public events ranging from panel discussions and
seminars to oral history and collecting workshops.
Prior to his appointment at the Museum, he served as the president of the Chicago Historical Society. In 2002, he was appointed by President Bush to the Commission for the Preservation of the White House.
He received undergraduate and graduate degrees in African American and American history from The American University in Washington, DC.