Braden, Donna R. 1953-

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Braden, Donna R. 1953-


Born July 2, 1953, in Cleveland, OH; daughter of Stanley and Elaine Rosenstein; married Curtis Braden (an engineer), September 2, 1978; children: Caroline. Education: Attended Universidad de las Americas, 1973; Ohio State University, B.A. (with distinction), 1975; University of Delaware, M.A., 1977.


Home—Dearborn, MI. Office—"The Henry Ford," 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48121. E-mail—[email protected]


Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, DE, tour guide, 1975-76; Mercer Museum of the Bucks County Historical Society, Doylestown, PA, intern, 1976; "The Henry Ford" (also known as Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village), Dearborn, MI, curator and "experience developer," 1977—, and contributor to organization Web site. Midwest Open-Air Museums Coordinating Council, member; lecturer on domestic technology, kitchen evolution, and leisure and entertainment.


American Association of Museums, American Association for State and Local History, Association for Living Historical Farms and Agricultural Museums (member of board of directors, 1985-93; vice president, 1988-89; president, 1989-90), Visitor Studies Association, Association of Midwest Museums.


Leisure and Entertainment in America, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (Dearborn, MI), 1988.

Eagle Tavern Cookbook, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (Dearborn, MI), 1988.

(With Judith Endelman) Americans on Vacation, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (Dearborn, MI), 1990.

(Editor and contributor) Old Collections New Audiences: Decorative Arts and Visitor Experience for the 21st Century, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (Dearborn, MI), 2000.

(With Karal Ann Marling) Behind the Magic: 50 Years of Disneyland, "The Henry Ford" (Dearborn, MI), 2005.

Contributor to books, including American Home Life, 1880-1930: A Social History of Spaces and Services, edited by Jessica Foy and Thomas J. Schlereth, University of Tennessee Press, 1992. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Technology and Culture, Winterthur Portfolio, and History News. Newsletter editor, of Midwest Open-Air Museums Coordinating Council, 1983-85.

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