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Autry Museum’s founding president to lead Smithsonian history museum




Statue of Gene Autry from the courtyard of the Autry Museum in Griffith Park.
Statue of Gene Autry from the courtyard of the Autry Museum in Griffith Park.
Photo by David Hoshor via Flickr Creative Commons

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John Gray, the founding president of the Autry National Center of the American West, has been tapped to lead the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Gray is credited with transforming the Autry complex into a major cultural center. The Smithsonian’s history museum is one of the nation’s most popular museums. It has a budget of $34-million is projected to host 5-million visitors this year. Gray starts his new role on July 23, succeeding Brent Glass, who led the museum since 2002.

What’s Gray’s vision for engaging museum-goers in our history? What does his departure from Los Angeles mean for the Autry?

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John Gray, Incoming Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington; former Founding President of the Autry National Center of the American West