Burt Logan, World Heritage Ohio
Several sites in Ohio are poised to join the extremely prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List, with more than 1,000 other properties around the globe, including the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Wall of China, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and Stonehenge. Three nominations in Ohio are among 13 currently on the “US Tentative List” from which nominees will be drawn to go forward for inscription in the coming years. Efforts are now well underway to prepare their Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks to go forward; while Serpent Mound and the Dayton Aviation Sites will follow afterward.
Burt became the executive director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection in December of 2009. Established in 1885, the Ohio History Connection is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the state’s partner in preserving and interpreting Ohio’s history, archaeology, natural history and historic architecture. He oversees more than 200 employees and a $20 million operating budget.
Prior to moving to Columbus, Burt was executive director/president of the U.S.S. Constitution Museum in Boston from 1995 to 2009. He served as the director of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, from 1986 to 1995. He began his museum career as executive director of the Wyoming Historical and Geological Society in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania from 1983 to 1986.
Burt received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in June 1976. In his senior year, he was awarded the General of the Army Omar Nelson Bradley Award for Excellence in Historical Research. He was commissioned in the Field Artillery and served on active duty until 1981.
In 1983, he received a Master of Arts in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Cooperstown, New York, and was awarded the Huguenot Society of New York’s Most Outstanding Student Award. In 2005, he attended the Museum Leadership Institute at the Getty Center, and has since served as a presenter for the program.
In July 2012 Burt was appointed Chair of the Accreditation Commission for the American Alliance of Museums. He is the past president of both the Council of American Maritime Museums and the Association for Great Lakes Maritime History, and has served on the Council for the American Association for State and Local History.