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HIS 3801: Rural History
HIS 3810: History of Illinois
HIS 5090: Care and Management of Historical Artifacts
HIS 5360: Material Life in America, 1600-Present
WST 2309G: Women, Men and Culture
Part of the team that launched the Rural Studies minor at EIU, designed to offer students added perspective on the history of and issues in rural settings.
Ph.D. History, Texas A&M University
M.A. History, Baylor University
M.A. Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies, State University of New York at Oneonta
B.S Historic Preservation, Southeast Missouri State University
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I could speak to several topics that relate to rural and farm history in the Midwest, specifically Illinois, and the South. Most of my research focuses on experiences of racial and ethnic minorities, which prepares me to discuss diversity historically. I can also discuss museum history and the role the public plays in selectively preserving and memorializing the past.
Dr. Reid's research interests focus on rural and minority history and living history farm and open air museum history and interpretation. She has published on such wide-ranging topics as interpreting gender in historic house museums, women's work in canning centers in Texas, and the family-based agricultural practices of Anabaptists in central Illinois.
Reid's manuscript, Interpreting Agriculture in Museums and Historic Sites (Rowman & Littlefield) is in production. Her essay, "Mary L. Ray (1880?-1934): Arkansas Negro Extension Worker," will appear in the anthology, Arkansas Women: Their Lives and Times (edited by Cherisse Jones-Branch and Gary Edwards, published by University of Georgia Press).
Reid's dissertation, “Reaping a Greater Harvest: African Americans, Agrarian Reform, and the Texas Agricultural Extension Service,” received the Agricultural History Society’s Gilbert C. Fite Dissertation Award (2001) and her first book,Reaping a Greater Harvest: African Americans, the Extension Service and Rural Reform in Jim Crow Texas (2007), received the T. R. Fehrenbach Award from the Texas Historical Commission. She has edited a collection of essays, Seeking Inalienable Rights: Texans and Their Quests for Justice (2009), and has co-edited Beyond Forty Acres and a Mule: African American Farm Owners Since Reconstruction with Evan P. Bennett (University Press of Florida, 2012). She contributed essays on Illinois agricultural history to Illinois Historic Farms, sponsored by the Illinois Department of Agriculture (Acclaim Press, 2015).
Recent articles include "Race," in The Rural History of Rural America (Routledge, 2016); "People's Colleges for Other Citizens: Black Land-Grant Institutions and the Politics of Educational Expansion in the Post–Civil-War Era," in Science as Service: Establishing and Reformulating American Land-Grant Universities, 1865–1930, edited by Alan I Marcus (University of Alabama Press, 2015); "Searching for Egalitarianism in Citizenship Education," Phi Kappa Phi Forum 94, no. 3 (Fall 2014): 9-11; “’The Whitest of Occupations’: African Americans in the Rural Midwest since World War II,” in The Rural Midwest Since World War II, edited by J. L. Anderson (Northern Illinois University Press, 2013): 205-254; “Tangible Agricultural History: An Artifact’s-Eye View of the Field,” Agricultural History 86, no. 3 (Summer 2012), 57-76; "Furniture Exempt From Seizure: African-American Farm Families and Their Property in Texas, 1880s-1930s," Agricultural History 80, no. 3 (Summer 2006), 336-357; and "Making Gender Matter: Reinterpreting Male and Female Roles in Historic House Museums," in Interpreting Historic House Museums, edited by Jessica Foy Donnelly (AltaMira Press, 2002), 81-110.
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