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NAME: John Herbst

TITLE: President and CEO  FOR: Indiana Historical Society

SINCE: August 2006

ORIGINALLY FROM? Haledon, New Jersey

YOU WORK HOW MANY HOURS WEEKLY? 60 hours

PROJECT/S YOU ARE MOST PROUD TO HAVE BEEN PART OF? Projects involving students and teachers; creating several new museums; enhancing and creating vital and engaging programming; raising nearly $90 million during my career in public history

OTHER PROJECTS WE MIGHT RECOGNIZE? I was the lead professional and first CEO of the Heinz Pittsburgh History Center.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WHAT YOU DO? Helping connect people to their personal and collective history and seeing the powerful effect of knowing who you are

HOW DO YOU DEFINE PERSONAL SUCCESS? Doing my best and working hard to give good value to the institutions I serve

ADVICE TO SOMEONE ELSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO DO WHAT YOU DO? Think it over.

IF YOU WERE GRANTED ONE WISH RELATING TO YOUR JOB/CAREER/ORGANIZATION, WHAT WOULD IT BE? That the preservation of history and heritage would be a priority for governments, foundations and individuals

WOULDN’T HAVE MADE IT TO WHERE YOU ARE WITHOUT? The love, guidance and example provided to me by my paternal grandparents

WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? The need to do a good job at whatever I turn my hand to

WHAT SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN HISTORY? My grandparents who were great storytellers about family history and a 4th grade teacher who loved local and state history

YOU CAN HAVE DINNER WITH ANYONE FROM INDIANAPOLIS PAST? WHO & WHY? Eli Lilly, grandson of Col. Lilly because his generosity shaped all of the institutions I have served in Indiana

YOUR CAREER IN AN ALTERNATE LIFE? Gardener

ANY INTERESTING FAMILY CONNECTIONS TO INDIANA PAST? My great grandfather had two cousins (sisters) who immigrated to and died in La Porte, Indiana.

FAVORITE VIEW IN THE CITY? The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center at night from the canal

FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN INDIANAPOLIS? Binkley’s and Oh Yumm! Bistro

FAVORITE CITY: Indianapolis, of course!

FAVORITE HISTORY RELATED BOOK OR MOVIE?
Book: Bless this House, by Nora Lofts
Movie: Joyeux Noël

ULTIMATE BEVERAGE: Family-made wine from Baden, Germany

COLLECT ANYTHING? Indoor and outdoor plants; Royal Bayreuth Porcelain

IF YOUR LIFE HAD A THEME SONG, IT’D BE?
“Dream” by Tuck & Patti or” Seasons of Love” from Rent

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