I spent the majority of my time on January 20 watching the first time America hasn’t had a truly peaceful transfer of power in my lifetime (I hope it is the last time I’ll live through something like this).

I felt a tremendous sense of pride for the hard work…


It’s been a few days since I last spent any significant amount of time trying to make sense of the events of the last week. I’m far from disengaged. I’m watching the news, reading folks whose wisdom I trust, and talking with friends on both sides of the political spectrum.


I’ll let others weigh in on where this ranks historically in the crises we’ve faced as a nation. But I can’t be the only one my age or older who thought of the images of the invasion of the U.S. embassy in Tehran as we watched events unfold on Wednesday.


Over the past several months, I have been working with a group of museum professionals from across the globe on a truly wonderful program: From Sunrise to Sunset: A Day in the Life of a AAM-Getty International Alumni Museum Professional.

2018 Getty International Participants

Dean Phelus of AAM brought me in to facilitate and…


The past couple of weeks, I had the chance to participate in election-related scenario planning with a number of my colleagues. …


Can this Be the Beginning of the End of the Nonprofit Starvation Cycle?

Last week, the Chronicle of Philanthropy ran an article with the following headline: “5 CEOs of Big Foundations Pledge to Do More to Help Charities Pay Overhead.”

I found it to be really encouraging news for the…


This past March 23, I attended my first historic marker dedication. Yes, it’s true, even though I’ve been working in history and museums for more than twenty years and have been a history geek as long as I remember, this was the first time I actually attended a marker unveiling.


Six musicians played together for the first time in a house in Jacksonville, Florida’s Riverside District: Duane Allman (guitar), Jaimoe (drums), Berry Oakley (bass), Dickey Betts (guitar), and Gregg Allman (organ and vocals).

Those who know me, know I’m an absolute FREAK about the Allman Brothers Band. Their music captivated…


March 1, 2019 marked the 60th anniversary of one of the most important recordings in music history: Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue. A lot has been written about the album and its impact on music. I found out about the anniversary from a link milesdavis.com …


Last week, I wrote a post entitled, “Some Thoughts on Philanthropy.” In it, I talked about some of the latest things I’d seen come across the transom regarding funders, fundraising, and our work.

No sooner did I hit “publish” that two more pieces crossed the wire, both of them referencing…

Bob Beatty

President of The Lyndhurst Group, a history, museum, and nonprofit firm providing community-focused strategies for planning, assessment, and interpretation.

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