NEW YORK — President Donald Trump has appointed a former CEO of a global car company to head the new Museum of American History in his hometown of New York City, setting the stage for a $5.7 billion, 1,400-acre project that is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
Clyffton Motors Group, which owns the Lincoln Continental, Plymouth and Cadillac brands, is replacing a board of directors that was appointed by former President Barack Obama.
The board was appointed in May after Trump’s election victory.
The president also named former Vice President Joe Biden to head its board, and John H. Mudd, a former executive vice president of the Ford Motor Company, as vice chair.
Museum of American history is scheduled to open in 2019, according to the project description on the project’s website.
It is expected that it will be home to the largest collection of artifacts from the nation’s founding era.