, Keynote Speaker at 17th Annual MCHE Conference
is pleased to announce that William Pretzer
will be our Keynote speaker for the 17th Annual MCHE conference.
Bill Pretzer is Senior Curator for History at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture.
He is overseeing the development of the museum's inaugural history collections and exhibitions.
From 2006 to 2009, he served as Director of the Museum of Cultural & Natural History as well as Director of the Museum Studies Program and Associate Professor of History at Central Michigan University.
Prior to that, he spent 21 years as a curator and educator at The Henry Ford in Dearborn.
also was instrumental in the creation of the Henry Ford Academy
, a public charter high school at the museum.
In addition to museum-sponsored publications on Thomas Edison, Henry Ford
, and industrial history, he
is the author of articles and book chapters on museum practice, technology education, design history, and the history of labor and technology in the printing trade.
Bill has served on the boards of the Allen Park Public Schools, Michigan Museums Association, Michigan Council for History Education and National Commission for Technology Education.
currently serves as a
member of the selection committee for the Lawrence W. Levine Award for the Best Book
in Cultural History for the Organization of American Historians
Bill received his BA from Stanford University in 1972 and his