A “history geek” since elementary school, Bob Beatty is Chief of Engagement for the American Association for State & Local History, the only comprehensive national organization dedicated to state and local history, and CEO of The Lyndhurst Group, LLC, a history, museum, and nonprofit consulting firm providing community-focused engagement strategies for institutional planning, organizational assessments, and interpretive direction. Prior to his appointment as Chief of Engagement, Bob served as Chief Operating Officer, Interim President & CEO, and Vice President for Programs, leading AASLH’s professional development program including workshops, an annual meeting, affinity groups and other initiatives, and publications as editor of History News and the AASLH Editorial Board.
Bob worked from 1999-2007 as Curator of Education at the Orange County Regional History Center, a $35 million history museum in Orlando, Florida. Here, he established an extremely successful educational outreach program including school field trips, youth and family activities, adult programming, and dozens of community partnerships ranging from Boys and Girls clubs to community affinity groups on African American history.
He graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Studies in 1994 and an M.A. in History in 2002 both from the University of Central Florida and has been an adjunct instructor at the university and community college level. He is currently enrolled in the Public History Ph.D. program at Middle Tennessee State University. His dissertation topic is on the influence of Duane Allman and the Allman Brothers Band on American music.
State and local history is his particular interest as he believes that the discovery of local heritage helps in the building of a strong community. This theory was reinforced by his work at AASLH and the History Center and research for his master’s thesis, “Legacy to the People: Community and the Orange County Regional History Center,” which examined the ideal of community service and in the context of the history of the American museum movement.
In 2001 he was Phi Delta Kappa Community Leader of the Year and was selected Outstanding New Professional in 2002 by the Florida Association of Museums. He is the author of Florida's Highwaymen: Legendary Landscapes, co-editor of Zen and the Art of Local History, author of the forthcoming Rowman & Littlefield Book The AASLH Guide to Making Public History, has published several articles, and is a regular presenter at professional conferences.
A Florida native, Bob lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife and two daughters.