The 2021 Newberry Library Award Celebration | Newberry

The 2021 Newberry Library Award Celebration

Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
Credit: Smithsonian Institution

Monday, May 24, 2021

6 pm

Fundraising Events

Join the Newberry in honoring Lonnie G. Bunch for his outstanding contributions to the humanities. Dr. Bunch became Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in June 2019 and oversees 19 museums, 21 libraries, the National Zoo, numerous research centers, and several education units and centers.

Previously, Bunch was the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to exploring, documenting, and showcasing the African American story and its impact on American and world history. Before his appointment as director of the museum, Bunch served as the president of the Chicago Historical Society from 2001 to 2005.

The Newberry Library Award, the highest honor that the Newberry bestows, recognizes achievement in the humanities in the tradition of the Newberry Library, which has cultivated the life of the mind across more than a century. Join us as we honor Lonnie Bunch, hear his thoughts on the important role libraries and museums can play in today’s world, and celebrate the Newberry and its work.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the 2021 Award Celebration will take place virtually on Monday, May 24.

For more information about the event, please email contributions@newberry.org or call (312) 255-3581.

Cost and Registration Information 

To purchase tickets, please contact Meredith Petrov at (312) 255-3687 or via email at petrovm@newberry.org.

All supporters will receive year-round recognition commensurate with their giving level. Purchases at the $500 level and above received by May 1, 2021 will be recognized in the evening’s program.

Sponsor purchasers will receive an invitation for lunch and a collection presentation with the Newberry President at a later date. Guests of Sponsor purchasers will receive a one-year membership in the Newberry Associates at the Literati level.

Benefactor purchasers will receive an invitation for a virtual collection presentation with a Newberry curator at a later date. Guests of Benefactor purchasers will receive a one-year membership in the Newberry Associates at the Bibliophiles level.

Details of gift package and delivery will be confirmed by Newberry staff.