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Paul Reber Historian in Residence Department of History

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PhD, American Studies, University of Maryland
MA, History, George Mason University
BA, Political Science & History, Gettysburg College

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Paul Reber is the Executive Director of Stratford Hall and also serves on the adjunct faculty at American University in Washington as a Historian-in-Residence. Prior to assuming his responsibilities at Stratford, Paul was an Adjunct Professor of History at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro, President of Old Salem Inc. in Winston Salem, NC, and Executive Director of Decatur House, a National Trust Historic Site in Washington DC. During his tenure at the Trust, Paul also served as the Associate Campaign Director for Historic Sites. He also served as Director of Development at Mount Vernon and as Director of the White House Endowment Fund. Paul has a BA from Gettysburg College, an MA from George Mason University and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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AU Department of History
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Early American Economic History, Museum Management and Interpretation

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Phi Alpha Theta, George Mason University

Media Appearances

  • “Ghosts of Washington,” Arts and Entertainment Network, 1997

Work In Progress

  • The Lee Brothers and the American Revolution (book length treatment of the involvement of Richard Henry, Francis Lightfoot, William and Arthur Lee in the cause for American Independence)

Selected Publications

  • “Robert E. Lee and the Traditions of Ancient Virginia” Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Magazine (2007)

Professional Presentations

  • “Consumerism and the Retail Trade in Fairfax County, Virginia, 1759-1761," Annual Meeting of Social Science History Association, Washington, D.C., September, 1997
  • “Consumerism and the Retail Trade in Fairfax County, Virginia, 1759-1761," George Washington Symposium, Mount Vernon, Virginia, November, 1997
  • “Interpretation at the Decatur House Museum," American Association for State and Local History, Washington, D.C., May, 1997
  • “Benjamin Henry Latrobe and Stephen Decatur: Designs for the New Republic," Annual Conference on Washington, D.C. History, October, 1999
  • “The Problem with Interpretation at Historic House Museums," Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, Harrisburg, PA October, 2000
  • “Consumerism and the Retail Trade in the Colonial Chesapeake," MESDA Summer Institute, Winston-Salem, NC July 2004.
  • “The Challenges for History Museums in the 21st Century," University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill History Department Guest Lecture, October 23, 2004.
  • “Everyman His Own Historian Reconsidered," Conference of the Society of Civil War Historians, Philadelphia, PA June 16, 2008     

Executive Experience

  • Stratford Hall, Stratford, Virginia 2006 – Present, Executive Director
  • Old Salem, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC 2002-2005, President
  • National Trust For Historic Preservation, Washington, D.C.  1996-2001, Associate Campaign Director For Historic Sites, 1998-2001
  • National Trust For Historic Preservation, Washington, D.C, Executive Director, Decatur House Museum, 1996-2001
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA, Director of Development, 1993-1996
  • The White House Endowment Fund, Washington, D.C. 1990-1993, Director