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Debra Reid

Debra Reid

The Henry Ford

Debra Reid, PhD, is curator of agriculture and the environment at The Henry Ford. She is a member of the THF’s Green Team, a member of the American Association for State and Local History’s Climate & Sustainability Committee, and advocate for agricultural, environmental, and historical literacy.

Her recent publications include Interpreting the Environment at Museums and Historic Sites (Rowman & Littlefield, coauthor 2019) and Interpreting Science at Museums and Historic Sites (Rowman & Littlefield, coeditor 2023).

Debra Reid will be speaking at the Green Museums Summit 2024:

Acknowledging Causes. Advocating Change: The Henry Ford and Its Green Work

The Henry Ford began as The Edison Institute in 1929. THF pledges to embed environmental sustainability in its culture, operations and programming by 2029. Green initiatives including benchmarking and energy and waste reduction inform this work. THFs unique role among green museums centers on the culture change required to further sustainability. Success depends on acknowledging that THF’s namesakes Henry Ford and Thomas Edison paved the way for the Anthropocene. THF’s historical resources document that history, and exhibitions and public programs reflect that. This presentation focuses on shifting acknowledgment to advocacy through classroom instruction and community partnerships.

Debra Reid