Robin Edward Reed

robin_reedRobin Reed is the former Director of Public History for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and served as the senior director responsible for the day and evening programming in the Historic Area. In his role as chief interpreter, his department included the Actor/Interpreter unit, Costume Design Center, Evening Programs, Historic Area Communications, Historic Events unit (Fifes & Drums Corps, Military Programs, and Special Events), Performing Arts and Public History Development.

He currently serves as Vice President of Virginia Civil War Trails, Inc.; is a nineteen year Museum Assessment Program reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums; a member of the Southeast Museum Conference program committee; and a member of the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum Foundation Museum Advisory Committee. He has appeared on the NBC Today Show, the Arts & Entertainment and History channels, and on C-Span’s Yellow School Bus.

An established and accomplished living history interpreter and actor, he also performs in the Foundation’s Evening Programs and film editions of their Electronic Field Trip programs, as well as performing nationally and abroad. He also volunteers his time to the National Park Service and the Boy Scouts of America.

Before joining the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Robin was senior project director for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. He is the past Executive Director of The Museum and White House of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia; past President of the Virginia Association of Museums; was a Tennessee Humanties Scholar in 1993; and served on the Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice. Robin served as President of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation and currently serves as Director of the Fort Monroe Casemate Museum.

He has been a writer and the voice of “Major History” on the Rocket Radio children’s program produced for PBS WCVE; a radio broadcaster; a National Park Service Ranger; YMCA community youth director; and an elementary school teacher.

Robin was born in Tampa, Florida, and grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He was a member of the last cadet class of Pennsylvania Military College (now Widner University) and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Virginia Commonwealth University with a minor in education.

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