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Debra Ann Reid, American history professor.


Reid, Debra Ann was born on July 2, 1960 in Chester, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Harry Glenn and Francis Surman Reid.


Bachelor of Science, Southeast Missouri State University, 1982. Master of Arts, State University of New York, Oneonta, 1987. Master of Arts, Baylor University, 1996.

Doctor of Philosophy, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, 2000.


Site administrator Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, Livermore Falls, Maine, 1983—1985. Interpreter Old World Wisconsin, Eagle, 1985. Director educational services Montgomery County History Society, Dayton, Ohio, 1987.

Operations manager Farmers' Museum, Inc., Cooperstown, New York, 1988—1993. Collections specialist Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, Michigan, 1993. Curator Governor Bill and Vara Daniel History Village, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1993—1997.

Research assistant Texas Education Agency, Austin, 1997—1999. Associate professor Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, since 1999. Reviewer Institute of Museum Services General Operating Support Grants, Washington, 1991—1994, Museum Assessment Program - American Association of Museums, Washington, 1992—2001.

Advisor to the board Friends of Chrisholm History Farmstead, Trenton, Ohio, since 2000. Humanities scholar Between Fences exhibit Museum on Main St. - Smithsonian Institution/Illinois Humanities Council, 2004—2006. Adjunct associate professor University Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.



Volunteer Charleston-Mattoon Shaped Note Singers, Illinois, since 2004, Ground Squirrels Vintage Baseball Club, Decatur, since 2004. Chair library committee First Mennonite Church, Urbana, 2003—2004. Member of Organization of America Historians, American History Association, Cooperstown Graduate Association (treasurer 1990-1993), Association Internationale Des Musées D’Agriculture (North America representative to presidium since 2004), American Association for State and Local History (conference program committee 2004, 2005), Agricultural History Society (Edwards Award selection committee 2003-2005, membership chair since 2007), Rural Women's Studies Association (treasurer since 1997), Midwest Open Air Museums Coordinating Council since 2000, National Council on Public History, Southern History Association, Vernacular Architecture Forum, Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (publications chair 1996—2006, John T. Schlebecker award for excellence 2000), Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta, Delta Kappa Gamma.


  • Other Interests

    Walking, knitting, reading, traveling.


Harry Glenn

Francis Surman Reid