Harry S. Truman Library and Museum director is a NCPH 2014 award recipient

National Council on Public History News Release

Note: Information on all award-winners is at http://ncph.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2014-NCPH-Awards-Listing.pdf.


Director of Harry S. Truman Library and Museum
receives NCPH’s Robert Kelly Memorial Award 

The National Council on Public History (NCPH) has announced 2014 award winners. Dr. Michael J. Devine, Director, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum is the recipient of this year’s Robert Kelley Memorial Award.

Robert Kelley Memorial Award perpetuates the legacy and memory of a founder of the modern public history movement, Dr. Robert Kelley. It honors distinguished and outstanding achievements by individuals, institutions, nonprofit or corporate entities for having made significant inroads in making history relevant to individual lives of ordinary people outside of academia.

Devine’s forty-year career exemplifies the legacy of Dr. Robert Kelley’s outstanding achievement in making history relevant to individuals outside of academia. As the nominees wrote, “Mike has played a central role in directing lasting advances in public history institutions in Ohio, Maryland, Illinois, and Wyoming.”

And along the way, he has held teaching position at more than six universities; served twice as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer in American Studies; and written or edited six books on diplomacy and foreign affairs. Since 2001, he has continued this legacy of institutional and educational leadership as director of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri.

Under his direction, the Truman Library completed a $20 million renovation of its museum galleries and raised $1.3 million for an addition to President Truman’s Working Office, and became a model for its public education partnerships among the thirteen federal presidential libraries. These partnerships have reached local, national, and international audiences. In addition to his role as an institutional leader, educator, and scholar, Michael Devine has been a tireless ambassador for public history. He served on the board of directors of the National Council on Public History and as president in 1999-2000. Today, he is the treasurer of the steering committee for the International Federations for Public History and is working to bring more Asian historians into the field of public history.

The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum site is a partner in Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area.

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