Speaker Spotlight

Anthea Hartig

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. In Hartig’s early career, she served as the CEO of the California Historical Society, where she raised $20 million in a capital fundraising campaign, launched the organization’s first digital library, and significantly raised attendance at CHS museum exhibits from a few thousand to more than 100,000. In her most recent project, Hartig lead the museum in opening three new exhibitions that are powerful contributors to the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification granting women the right to vote.