Bob Bury is the Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Historical Society and is responsible for the overall strategic direction, management and operations of the Detroit Historical Museum in Midtown, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle, and the Collections Resource Center – which houses the city’s collection of more than 250,000 historic artifacts.
The Society’s mission is to tell Detroit’s stories and why they matter. Under Bob’s leadership, the Detroit Historical Society successfully completed a $21.2M comprehensive campaign resulting in enhanced exhibits and educational programming, improved accessibility of the Society’s extensive collection of artifacts and advanced the organization’s long-term sustainability. In 2015, the Society and a host of diverse partners, launched its next major initiative, Detroit 67; Looking Back to Move Forward, a community engagement project that brings together diverse communities around the effects of a historic crisis to find their place in the present and inspire the future. The project includes an expansive digital archive of oral histories, regional community programming and a groundbreaking exhibition that will debut at the Detroit Historical Museum this summer.
Bob is active in the community, serving on the boards of Midtown Inc., CultureSource, the Dominican Literacy Center, the Grosse Pointe Foundation for Public Education and the Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation and is a member of the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe, the Detroit Athletic Club, Grosse Pointe Boat Club and Detroit Yacht Club. Bob resides in Grosse Pointe with his wife Mary Ann and daughter Meredith, a recent graduate senior in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
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