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McCORMICK TRIBUNE FOUNDATION APPOINTS DIANE GUTENKAUF AS DIRECTOR OF THE ROBERT R. McCORMICK MUSEUM


Contact: Abby Taylor
312.222.3188
ATaylor@mccormickfoundation.org


CHICAGO, Oct. 2, 2006

The McCormick Tribune Foundation proudly announces the addition of Diane Gutenkauf as director of the Robert R. McCormick Museum. Diane brings more than 20 years of museum experience as she assumes responsibility of all aspects of the Robert R. McCormick Museum operations, programming and preservation.

"Our benefactor, Col. Robert R. McCormick, left Cantigny and his home for the residents and visitors of Illinois to enjoy and use," said David L. Grange, president and chief executive officer of the McCormick Tribune Foundation." Diane’s wealth of museum experience ensures the proper preservation of his legacy and that the museum continues to be vibrant part of the community."

The Robert R. McCormick Museum is located in Cantigny, a 500-acre public park and recreation area in Wheaton, Ill. This historic house depicts the life and the accomplishments of the late Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, and his family.

Gutenkauf has an extensive background as a museum professional. She managed interpretation and exhibits at the Morton Arboretum and worked as a private consultant for the Field Museum, Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, and West Chicago City Museum. She also served as a curator of exhibitions and collections for the Elmhurst Historical Museum. Most recently, she worked for a multi-million dollar exhibit-fabrication company as its chief business developer in the museum division.

"I am excited about the opportunity to expand Robert R. McCormick Museum’s reach to other communities and audiences," said Diane Gutenkauf. "Through more robust educational programming, special events and community partners, we are staying true to our Foundation’s mission of investing in our communities."

Gutenkauf holds a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from Grinnell College, a Master of Arts in anthropology from Northern Arizona University and a Museum Studies Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Some of her industry achievements include a series of awards from the Illinois Association of Museums, and a variety of professional presentations and publications.

Gutenkauf currently serves on many civic boards including the Board of Directors of the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies, National Association For Museum Exhibition—a Standing Professional Committee of the American Association of Museums, Co-President of the Elmhurst Historical Society, and memberships in the American Public Garden Association,, American Association for State and the Local History and the Visitors Studies Association.

About the McCormick Tribune Foundation

The McCormick Tribune Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to making life better for our children, communities and country. Through its charitable grantmaking programs, Cantigny Park and Golf, Cantigny First Division Foundation and the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, the Foundation is able to positively impact people’s lives and stay true to its mission of advancing the ideals of a free, democratic society. The Foundation is an independent nonprofit, separate from the Tribune Co., with substantial holdings in the Tribune Co. For more information, please visit our Web site www.McCormickTribune.org.