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New Missouri History Museum President Promises Reform

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - The new president of the Missouri History Museum is promising reform, after the previous president quit amid allegations of wasting taxpayer money on an inflated, sweetheart land deal.

Frances Levine, who holds a PhD in anthropology, says the History Museum needs to be above reproach in its handling of money.

“It’s making the private side understand what public accountability is. It’s having the public side understand donor intent and donor wishes for restricted gifts,” Levine said.

Levine was chosen after a year-long national search. She most recently served as head of the New Mexico History Museum.

Former President Bob Archibald resigned after it was learned he paid a one-time History Museum board member, Former Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr., $875,000 for a property on Delmar where Bosley owned a struggling barbecue restaurant.

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