Published: Friday, January 11, 2008
Valley society to host historian from Va.
The speaker has overseen fundraising that brought in $110 million.
YOUNGSTOWN An acclaimed historian and museum executive will visit Youngstown on Monday.
Dr. Charles F. Bryan Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Va., will attend a reception with members of the board of directors and staff of the Mahoning Valley Historical Society and invited guests.
The event will be at 5 p.m. Monday at the Youngstown Club, 201 E. Commerce St., and will include a lecture by Bryan titled, "Americans Do Really Care About Their History."
Dr. Bryan has been president and CEO of the Virginia Historical Society since 1988. During his tenure he has overseen fund-raising campaigns that have raised more than $110 million, resulting in a quadrupling of the Virginia Historical Society's physical plant and significant expansion of its educational programs statewide. The historical society has a staff of 100 people and an annual operating budget of $5.7 million.
Bryan is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and served for two years as an Army officer. He holds a master's degree in history from the University of Georgia, and a doctorate in history from the University of Tennessee.
In 1981 he was appointed as the first executive director of the East Tennessee Historical Society in Knoxville. In 1986 he became the executive director of the St. Louis Mercantile Library Association, one of the country's richest repositories on the history of the American West, railroading and river transportation.
Founded in 1875, the Mahoning Valley Historical Society educates and promotes an interest in the history of the Mahoning Valley. It operates the Arms Family Museum of Local History and MVHS Archival Library, 648 Wick Ave., and the Business and Media Archives of the Mahoning Valley, 250 Federal Plaza East downtown. For more information, go to www.mahoninghistory.org