Monday, August 4, 2003

A New Leader for the Atlanta History Center

In Spring of this year, the Atlanta History Center was pleased to announce James H. Bruns as its new executive director. Mr. Bruns had previously worked with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., both as the founding director of the National Postal Museum and the director of development for the Smithsonian, responsible for institution-wide fundraising and development activities. He received a number of national awards over the course of his tenure at the Smithsonian, including the Smithsonian's Superior Individual Effort Award for 1994.

Bruns brings with him to the Atlanta History Center his experience as an educator, both as a school administrator and an instructional coordinator with one of the largest suburban school systems in the country. He has also worked for the United States Postal Service as a philatelic programs specialist, building on a childhood interest in stamp collecting.

"I am pleased and honored to have been selected," Bruns said of his appointment. "This is a remarkable opportunity and an exciting challenge. I am committed to ensuring that the Atlanta History Center retains its recognized role as one of the nation's leading historical organizations and I look forward to working with its Board and staff to serve the citizens of Atlanta. Together, we will continue to reach out to tell the story of all Atlantans."

The mission of the Atlanta History Center is to inspire people to connect to the past so they may better understand the present and prepare for the future. Visit the website at to learn more about they ways the Atlanta History Center integrates history, education, and life-enrichment programs to offer historical perspectives for all ages.