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Brian D. Harding was named Executive Director of The History Museum on October 2, 2020, after an extensive nationwide search, announced Jim Tuesley, President, Board of Trustees, Northern Indiana Historical Society (NIHS). Harding was appointed to the position of Interim Executive Director in February.

States Tuesley, “Brian took on the enormous role of Interim Director at a critical time for The History Museum. Within a few weeks, the nation was plunged into the COVID-19 pandemic. His steady hand guided the staff through the devastating months that followed, including a 14-week closure of the museum. Through his energetic and decisive leadership, the museum team was brought together to navigate the challenges of the pandemic in a way that surpassed all expectations. Considering that his family lineage can be traced to U.S. President Warren G. Harding, Brian’s deep interest in history comes as no surprise. We look forward to a bright future with Brian at the helm.”

 

Harding’s longtime affiliation with The History Museum began in 1994, when he was invited to serve in a voluntary capacity on the museum’s Membership Committee. Within three years, he was asked to join the Board of Trustees, and was elected as president from 2001-2004 and again from 2005-2007. Over the past 26 years, he has served on both the NIHS Board of Trustees and Foundation Board, and has chaired multiple committees, including membership, development, nominating, and long-range planning.

 

During his tenure in volunteer leadership, The History Museum presented Harding with the Lloyd S. Taylor Excellence in Volunteerism Award (2005 and 2006) and the Robert O. Kuehl

States Tuesley, “Brian took on the enormous role of Interim Director at a critical time for The History Museum. Within a few weeks, the nation was plunged into the COVID-19 pandemic. His steady hand guided the staff through the devasting months that followed, including a 14-week closure of the museum. Through his energetic and decisive leadership, the museum team was brought together to navigate the challenges of the pandemic in a way that surpassed all expectations. Considering that his family lineage can be traced to U.S. President Warren G. Harding, Brian’s deep interest in history comes as no surprise. We look forward to a bright future with Brian at the helm.”

 

Harding’s longtime affiliation with The History Museum began in 1994, when he was invited to serve in a voluntary capacity on the museum’s Membership Committee. Within three years, he was asked to join the Board of Trustees, and was elected as president from 2001-2004 and again from 2005-2007. Over the past 26 years, he has served on both the NIHS Board of Trustees and Foundation Board, and has chaired multiple committees, including membership, development, nominating, and long-range planning.

 

During his tenure in volunteer leadership, The History Museum presented Harding with the Lloyd S. Taylor Excellence in Volunteerism Award (2005 and 2006) and the Robert O. Kuehl Dedicated Service Award (2007). He also received the Ernestine M. Raclin Community Leadership Award from 1st Source Bank (2009).

 

Harding holds a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University South Bend and a B.A. in business psychology from Miami University.

 

Harding brings to The History Museum over 30 years of management expertise, including Chief Operating Officer, Cressy Commercial Real Estate; Managing Director, Bradley Company; and numerous administrative director roles, Madison Center and Hospital, Inc.

Award (2007). He also received the Ernestine M. Raclin Community Leadership Award from 1st Source Bank (2009).

 

Harding holds a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University South Bend and a B.A. in business psychology from Miami University.

 

Harding brings to The History Museum over 30 years of management expertise, including Chief Operating Officer, Cressy Commercial Real Estate; Managing Director, Bradley Company; and numerous administrative director roles, Madison Center and Hospital, Inc.

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