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Christian Overland is the Executive Vice President of The Henry Ford, a museum in Dearborn, Michigan that provides unique educational experiences based on authentic artifacts and stories from America’s traditions of ingenuity and innovation. Christian is responsible for leading and managing the strategic planning, national positioning, and visitor experiences both virtual and on-site. In addition he oversees all historical research, education programs, experience design, and is responsible for the maintenance and growth of the institution’s historical collections. Christian is committed to community service and dedicates his time to multiple organizations.
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford
“No end to refinement.” – Henry Ford
CAREER & LIFE CHALLENGES
Restoring Greenfield Village, the 80 acre property around The Henry Museum and having to learn to better communicate the project to his team.
Working in the collection’s conservation department learning that instead of conservering things he was presenting history.
FIRST SPECIAL VEHICLE
A 1966 Ford Corina with a Lotus engine.
BEST AUTOMOTIVE ADVICE
Be 15 minutes early to any automotive meeting.
The People’s Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century by Steven Watts
PARTING WORDS OF ADVICE
When it comes to working on or restoring cars, don’t give up hope of doing it the right way. There is always information out there for you to access.
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