is Commencement Speaker
Archibald, president and CEO of the Missouri Historical Society,
will be the keynote speaker at Northern Michigan University ’s commencement
ceremony on Saturday, May 1. He will also receive an honorary doctor
of history degree.
Missouri Historical Society operates the Missouri History Museum
in Forest Park, Mo., and the Missouri Historical Society Library
and Research Center. Under Archibald, the organization has renovated
and expanded its museum facility, and has transformed from a traditional
historical organization into a national model recognized for regularly
facilitating community discussions of significant issues. The museum
was awarded the first-ever National Award for Museum Service in
July 2002, Archibald has served as president of the National Council
of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. He oversees the National Heritage
Signature Events and the Ad Council public awareness campaign designed
to promote the themes of the Lewis and Clark expedition – cultural
understanding, natural resource stewardship, courage and exploration.
and Clark: the National Bicentennial Exhibition” premiered in St.
Louis in January and is traveling over a two-year period to Philadelphia,
Denver and Portland, Ore., before a final showing at the Smithsonian
in Washington, D.C.
is a consultant to museums and historical associations. He writes
and speaks on historical topics and on issues regarding the humanities,
memory, environmental responsibilities, community values and museum
practices. His most recent book is titled, A Place to Remember:
Using History to Build Community.
earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from NMU, and his doctorate
from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.