JAMES (JIM) GARDNER



Now: Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Married to Midge, with one son, Joshua, 22.
Brief History: Moved from McKenzie to Memphis in 1964--graduated from East High School there and then Rhodes College. Moved to Nashville for graduate school at Vanderbilt--earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history. Meanwhile, married Midge Mussett (also a Memphian--Hutchison School and University of Memphis), and we have a son (now 22). After Vanderbilt, worked for the American Association for State and Local History (national professional organization for history museums, headquartered in Nashville) and then moved to Washington, DC to be Deputy Executive Director of the American Historical Association (largest and oldest professional association in the discipline). After a decade there, I left to work as a consultant with museums and higher education, and then in 1999 joined the staff of the National Museum of American History, where I serve as Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs, overseeing all the collections, research, exhibitions, and education and public programs for NMAH. Don't get back to Tennessee too often but my wife does--she's Vanderbilt's lobbyist in Washington. Pretty active professionally, including elected offices in various national organizations, frequent speaker at conferences and conventions, author of several books and articles, editor of my own book series, etc.
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