The American Alliance of Museums To Publish New Series of Books by Noted Authors Barry Lord and Gail Dexter Lord 

WASHINGTON, DC, (Dec. 4, 2013) ─ The AAM Press, the publishing arm of the American Alliance of Museums, announced today a new series of books about museums and cultural change by Barry Lord and Gail Dexter Lord, internationally celebrated authors of professional literature for the museum field and co-presidents of the cultural planning firm, Lord Cultural Resources.

John Strand, publisher of The AAM Press, announced that the series will start in the spring of 2014 with Barry Lord’s new book, Art & Energy, which traces how the development of each new source of energy, from the prehistoric mastery of fire to renewable energy today, becomes a powerful engine of cultural change.

Gail Lord will follow in 2015 with a book tentatively entitled Cities, Museums and Soft Power, based on her extensive work in cultural planning for cities as well as museums.

“We are honored to welcome Barry and Gail to the American Alliance of Museums via their new partnership with The AAM Press,” said Ford W. Bell, president of AAM. “Together they bring decades of knowledge, expertise and outstanding leadership to the museum field. Their global reach is truly impressive, and that coincides perfectly with the Alliance’s goal of helping to develop a strong international museum community based on shared expertise around standards and best practices.”

“Gail and I are delighted that Art & Energy will begin our new series of books with The AAM Press,” Barry Lord observed. “The series will address the changing environment for museums and help the field to sustain its cultural leadership role throughout the world.”

Lord Cultural Resources, one of the world’s leading firms devoted to the planning, management and operation of cultural institutions and programs, was founded by the husband and wife team in Toronto in 1981. Today, having successfully completed over 2,000 assignments in more than 50 countries, with offices and personnel in New York, Paris, Mumbai and Beijing as well, they remain “dedicated to the creation of cultural capital worldwide.” For more information, visit

About the American Alliance of Museums

The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. With more than 20,000 individual, 3,000 institutional and 300 corporate members, the Alliance is dedicated to ensuring that museums remain a vital part of the American landscape, connecting people with the greatest achievements of the human experience, past, present and future. For more information, visit

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