Mr. Christian W. Overland is the Vice President of Museums and Collections for The Henry Ford. Since he began his career a The Henry Ford in 1992, he has served in a variety of leadership roles, including Director of Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum, Director of Public & School Programs, Leader of Greenfield Village Transportation Programs, Leader of Collection Maintenance and Car, and as a Simmon's Fellow Intern.
In his sixteen-plus year career at The Henry Ford, Mr. Overland has been involved in the development of the Village, Museum, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Collections and Education operations. His work focused on creating quality of visitor experience and staff excellence, including developing and sustaining a strategic direction for the museums, as well as leading the implementation of annual product and marketing plans. Recently he was responsible for planning, development, and implementation of the Henry Ford Museum Master Plan and the restoration and transformation of Greenfield Village. He has also built and maintained a strong vision and common agenda for core businesses of the organization, worked closely with the President and Institutional Advancement unit to manage external partnerships and raise funds towards achievement of The Henry Ford's goals.
Other related experience includes work at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul and volunteer work at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
He is committed to community service and currently serves on the following boards and committees: MotorCities National Heritage Area (affiliate of the National Park Service); Selection Committee Member, Museum Leadership Institute part of Getty Leadership Institute; Center of the Study of Citizenship, Wayne State University; Cub Scout Pack 009 Committee Member and Webelos Scout Leader.
In 2004, Mr. Overland was awarded the Honor Award for a New Century of Service by the United States Forest Service Eastern Region for his efforts in bringing conservation education to children and the Award of Excellence by the Michigan Paving Association for the Greenfield Village Restoration. In 2005, his team was awarded the THEA Award by the Themed Entertainment Association for Outstanding Achievement for Greenfield Village's Restoration and recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture with a Certificate of Appreciation for creating conservation education programs and events for the Forest Service Centennial in the Greater Metropolitan Detroit area.
Mr. Overlands education background includes Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Art History from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Arts degree in American History and Museum Studies from the State University of New York, College at Oneonta and the New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown, NY.
His work includes lecturing and publishing on topics of American architecture, innovation and design, as well as community development and master plan consulting for museums throughout United States. He is also a Life Scout and has served in various leadership positions in scouting.
Mr. Overland is married to Maura H. Overland, has three children, and resides in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Vice President, Museums and Collections
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124