It is with a heavy heart we share the passing of long-time partner and friend of the Cottage, Greg Blair of Blair Dubilier & Associates. Greg passed away in November, leaving behind a legacy of award-winning technology in museums and historic sites all over the world.
Director of Programming Callie Hawkins reflects:
Greg Blair was a magician. He would appear — seemingly out of thin air—at just the moment you needed him. And, sometimes you didn’t know he was there until you turned around in your chair to find him sitting on the other side of your desk, with the most devilish grin. He could leave a meeting about a technology issue, and emerge moments later with a fancy piece of equipment that was just what we needed. And he could transform otherwise dull exhibit spaces into distant places and times.
So much of the magic of our interpretation of President Lincoln’s Cottage is a result of our work with Greg. He worked on numerous media installations with us for over 10 years, most recently the new Debating Emancipation program for middle and high school students and a redesigned exhibit space. We are so lucky that he shared his genius with us, and we will miss him forever.
Greg Blair worked with the Cottage on the following projects and corresponding awards:
Our tour media platform: Leadership in History Award, American Association of State and Local History (2015), Gold MUSE Award, American Alliance of Museums (2014)
Lincoln’s Toughest Decisions: Silver MUSE Award, American Alliance of Museums, for Lincoln’s Toughest Decisions (2008)
Debating Emancipation Online: Platinum Award, US Distance Learning Association (2010)
Media installation for Can You Walk Away? exhibit: Leadership in History Award, American Association of State and Local History (2013)