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A Fool's ErrandFounding Director Lonnie Bunch's deeply personal tale of the triumphs and challenges of bringing the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to life His story is by turns inspiring funny frustrating uixotic bittersweet and above all a compelling readIn its first four months of operation the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture surpassed one million visits and uickly became a cherished vital monument to the African American experience And yet this accomplishment was. From its preface through its final pages Lonnie Bunch III’s A Fool’s Errand seamlessly weaves together the personal and the political in ways that humanize the work that went into envisioning planning funding building and opening the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture It is a valuable contribution to the conversations Americans need to have in order to reshape history by acknowledging race at the country’s center

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Summary ☆ A Fool's Errand 107 ☆ Founding Director Lonnie Bunch's deeply personal tale of the triumphs and challenges of bringing the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to life His story is by turns inspiring funny frustrating uixotic bittersweet and above all a compelling readIn its first four months of operation thS to light the way His memoir underscores his determination to create a museum that treats the black experience as an essential component of every American's identityThis inside account of how Bunch planned managed and executed the museum's mission informs and inspires not only readers working in museums cultural institutions and activist groups but also those in the nonprofit and business worlds who wish to understand how to succeed and do it spectacularly in the face of major political structural and financial challenges. A Fool's Errand Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush Obama and Trump by Lonnie G Bunch IIIThis book is a very personal story written by Lonnie Bunch III the first director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture NMAAHC The reader learns about Bunch’s upbringing in New Jersey his education prior work experience and some of his family history The story relates much of the detail behind the creation of the museum Dr Bunch relates the difficulties in getting funding the decision and permissions for its placement on The Mall in Washington DC along with the architectural design and construction of the building and dedication It’s a fascinating story at times is deeply touching Most interesting to me was the engineering and technical challenges that went into the construction of the contemplative court waterfall located on the first floor Dr Bunch deserves credit for accomplishing the creation of the NMAAHC but as a good manager you learn he gives most of the credit to all the people and organizations that supported him during this 11 year endeavor The reader also learns much about Bunch’s management style and his compassion for people This book is simply a great story and one of the best non fiction books I’ve read recently it certainly deserves Five Stars

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Never assured In A Fool's Errand founding director Lonnie Bunch tells his story of bringing his clear vision and leadership to bear to realize this shared dream of many generations of AmericansOutlining the challenges of site choice architect selection building design and the compilation of an unparalleled collection of African American artifacts Bunch also delves into his personal struggles especially the stress of a high profile undertaking and the triumph of establishing such an institution without mentors or guidebook. I loved it so much I finally became a member