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David Bruce Smith, founder and president of The Grateful American Foundation

David Bruce Smith

David Bruce Smith is an author, editor, publisher, and business executive based in Washington, DC. He is the founder and president of The Grateful American Foundation, an organization dedicated to restoring enthusiasm in American history for kids and adults. 

A panel discussion on engaging young people in reading, writing, speaking, and performing. 

David Bruce Smith worked at the Charles E. Smith Realty Companies for two decades, progressing from a property management job in the Residential division, to vice-president and senior vice president positions in commercial management. He then switched to a career in writing, editing, and publishing. He founded, edited, and published Crystal City Magazine.

David Bruce Smith Publications was founded in 2003. The company specializes in creating, designing, and writing limited-edition books on a variety of subjects such as authors, historic figures, artists, and leaders.

Smith is the author of thirteen books: In Many Arenas, 13 Young Men, Tennessee, Three Miles from Providence, Conversations with Papa Charlie, Afternoon Tea with Mom, Letters to My Children, Building the Community, Continuum, Building My Life, Souvenirs of the Riviera and the children’s book American Hero: John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States and Abigail & John. He is also a reviewer of books for several publications. Smith also authored the preface of American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) booklet, “No U.S. History?”

In 2014 he launched The Grateful American Series, an interactive multimedia program designed to restore enthusiasm in American history for children and adults.

The Grateful American Foundation, which focuses on publishing materials and producing activities for children about American History, was founded in 2014.

Latest Blog Posts

Book covers of GAF winners since 2015

Blog: Opening a Door to the Past

An Origin Story: The Grateful American Book Prize

How does an idea spark a book prize? David Bruce Smith recalls how his desire for more kids to get excited about American history turned into the Grateful American Foundation and Book Prize.

Graphic of a book that is opening like a door and letting light out

Blog: Opening a Door to the Past

Fostering a Love of History

Why is it important that we continue to build students’ curiosity about their own history as well as others’ experiences? David Bruce Smith discusses the importance of understanding the past in order to grow into a thoughtful and engaged citizen.