Rolla native Ryan Reed will be leaving his position as a preservation specialist at Landmarks Association of St. Louis to take a position at Landscape Historian with the National Parks Service in Omaha, Neb.
Reed started at Landscape Historian in August of 2010 and immediately immersed himself in the preservation issues affecting St. Louis. One of his first projects was participating in an architectural survey of the College Hill Neighborhood which resulted in the Lange's Addition National Register District composed by cohort Ruth Keenoy.
While aiding with the College Hill survey, Reed began the task of managing the massive Penrose Park National Register Nomination.
Reed is the seventh generation of his family to be born and raised in the Ozarks. After graduating from Rolla High School in 1995, he attended the University of Missouri in Columbia where he received a BA in History. While attending Mizzou, Ryan volunteered at the student operated radio station, KCOU 88.1 FM. He hosted a weekly radio program and also represented the station as a Senator for the Missouri Student Association.
After graduating, Ryan worked in the public school system for five years in Columbia and subsequently St. Louis. In 2005, he left his job with the Parkway School District at Bellerive Elementary to pursue an MFA in Historic Preservation at the Savannah College of Art and Design. While in Savannah, Georgia, Ryan was introduced to Preservation philosophy, material conservation, cultural resource law, preservation planning and bevy of other disciplines associated with the field of Preservation.
After receiving his MFA, Ryan returned to St. Louis during the Fall of 2007. He was employed as an Architectural Historian with SCI Engineering, Inc. where he participated in cultural resource surveys in Missouri, Illinois and South Dakota.
Reed actively worked in his spare time to raise awareness of preservation in his hometown. He was assigned as Missouri Preservation's liaison for Phelps County. He prepared an eligibility assessment for the former Missouri Trachoma Hospital in Rolla which is threatened with demolition by the Missouri University of Science and Technology for a parking lot. Subsequently, he nominated the building to Missouri Preservation's 2010 and 2011 Most Endangered List.
Ryan also coordinated an event with Missouri Preservation and the Phelps County Historical Society last Spring. The event consisted of a lecture, given by Bill Hart of Missouri Preservation, to the Rolla City Council and the general public about the economic benefits of Historic Preservation. To further raise awareness of preservation in his hometown, Reed created and helps maintain the Rolla Preservation Alliance Facebook page.
Working from the Midwest Regional Office, Reed will travel the region from North Dakota to Arkansas and Ohio to Kansas, documenting cultural resources at National Sites and Parks.