Camden - Kings Bay Council

James Bruns, Executive Director, Navy League of the United States, to speak at March 15th dinner meeting

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Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Navy League Executive Director Jim Bruns talk to the Camden Kings Bay Navy League Council on March 15th. He will not only inform the audience of the great opportunities available to view the Navy’s rich history at the Navy Museum, but he will also highlight plans to create a brand new, $400 million museum update that will highlight the Navy’s history from its earliest days as “Jefferson’s Navy” to today’s most powerful maritime force in the world.

Bruns will also talk to the crowd on recent progress and future plans at the Navy League of the United States, a nonprofit civilian education and advocacy organization that supports America’s sea services, where he has served as executive director since his appointment in Oct. 2017.

Prior to joining the Navy League, Bruns was the head of the Naval History and Heritage Command’s Museums Operation Division from 2011 to 2017 with administrative oversight of the Navy’s ten officially designated museums located around the country.

During his 34-year federal and not-for-profit career, Bruns has served as a Smithsonian curator, museum director, and deputy to the Assistant Secretary for American Museum and National Systems. He was also the head of fundraising for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., with responsibility for coordinating the raising of $164 million.

Bruns also served as association presidents for the Atlanta Historical Society and the Theodore Roosevelt Association, as well as a Vice President for Montclair State University, New Jersey's second largest university.

While in Atlanta, he led the Atlanta Historical Society's successful negotiations to acquire the
Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, managed the restoration of three historic properties,
assembled one of the most comprehensive Civil War collections in the country, and assisted the
City of Atlanta in acquiring and displaying the Martin Luther King Jr. Collection.

Bruns was also the founding director of the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum, his first
museum construction project, which was completed in three years, on-time and under budget.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Bruns is the author of 11 books on postal history and
philately, as well as an array of articles on naval history and heritage.

The event will be held at Crooked River State Park, Shelter #2, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The cost is $25.00 per person, and the deadline for reservations is Monday, March 12th. To RSVP, please send your check in the proper amount - made payable to "Camden - Kings Bay Navy League Council" - along with the names of those in your group to:

Cheryl Aston
103 Hallowes Dr. South
St. Marys, GA 31558

This meeting is a rare opportunity to hear directly from the national leadership of the organization we all honor and support. Please make your reservations today.