Name Tom Ainsworth
Topics SOS Morro Castle-The Asbury Park Titanic; Belleau Wood USMC Entirely; The Lindbergh Kidnapping-The Real Story; The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire- March 25 1911; John Brown - The Abolitionist's Bloody Hand; Drill, Drill and More Drill-Daily Life of the Civil War Soldier; A Terrible Beauty -The Easter Rebellion 1916; Viva Zapata - The Mexican Revolution; The IWW in the Great Paterson Silk Strike; Lizzie Borden took an Axe- Or Did She?; Murder Most Malicious- Eight New Jersey Stories; Slavery in New Jersey- Our Secret History; Clara Barton and Florence Nightingale- Angels of the Red Cross; Arlington - Our Stolen Hallowed Ground; Jersey Valor- NJ Medals of Honor; America's First War against Jihaad- The Barbary Pirates; The real "Sopranos" -Organized Crime in NJ
Payment $200 - $400 Travel Negotiable
Address 1545 Paterson Plank Rd, Apt D , Secaucus NJ 07094
Phone 201-636-6869 Email tainsw1863@aol.com Website  
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Tom Ainsworth has a BA from Kean University in Speech-Theatre-Media. He is a Military History Specialist and his interests include Reenacting, Theatre and War Gaming. Perhaps it was just fate that Tom Ainsworth was born on "Flag Day" June 14th... Raised in a Military family he became immersed in and enthralled by our Nation's History. Bitten by the acting bug; he graduated from Kean University with a Degree in Speech-Theatre-Media. A wide spectrum of roles from Shakespeare to Yeats; followed and earned Tom solid reviews. Tom spent 20 years as a Civil War Reenactor living both Union and Confederate impressions. His superb storytelling and encyclopedic knowledge of campaigns and personalities were soon recognized by event coordinators. Tom was and remains; a sought after narrator at many of the largest national reenactments. His speaking voice and knowledge of tactics and history are natural assets in making history LIVE! Currently Tom is a Senior Systems Analyst with Canon Business Solutions in Lyndhurst NJ. Much in demand he speaks throughout the Northeast on historic and literary topics alike. Civil War Preservation Trust, Society of Military Historians.
Name Linda J. Barth
Topics 1. The Delaware and Raritan Canal
  2. Celebrate New Jersey
  3. New Jersey: The Invention State
Payment Negotiable Travel 100 miles
Address 214 North Bridge Street, Somerville, New Jersey 08876
Phone 908-722-7428 Email barths@att.net Website www.lindajbarth.com
Book(s) The Delaware and Raritan Canal ($20); Hidden New Jersey (paperback $10; hard cover $19); A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Edison to the Ice Cream Cone ($20); Bridgetender's Boy (paperback, $12; hard cover $20).
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Linda Barth has been a fan of New Jersey for a long time. As a fourth-grade teacher, she tried to focus students' attention on the positive aspects of our state: its diverse geography, agriculture, industry, and famous firsts and inventions. A life-long resident of the Garden State, Linda has served on the board of Celebrate NJ!, a grassroots movement that builds pride in and fosters a brighter future for New Jersey through educational programs and promotional initiatives. Linda has written two books on the D&R Canal for Arcadia Publishing and two childrens' picture books: Bridgetenders Boy, published by the National Canal Museum in 2005, and Hidden New Jersey, from Charlesbridge Publishing, in 2012. A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone, published by the History Press, was released in August 2013.
Name Joan Berkey
Topics Early Architecture of Cape May County NJ (covers the years from ca. 1690 to ca. 1850); Lost Architecture of Atlantic and Cape May Counties
Payment $100 Minimum Travel 50-80 miles, No further north than Mercer and Monmouth counties
Address 707 N. Delsea Drive, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Phone 609-861-2208 Email Joan123B@aol.com Website  
Book(s) Early Architecture of Cape May County New Jersey: The Heavy Timber Frame Tradition; my book retails for 39.95, but I sell it for $35 at book signings. It was published by the Cape May County Historical and Genealogical Society in 2008.
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I have been an architectural historian since 1981 and spent the past 10 years intensively studying the oldest buildings in southern New Jersey, particularly first period (ca. 1690-ca. 1730) structures in Cape May county. The result of this research led to my first book, Early Architecture of Cape May County, NJ (2008) which examines the heavy timber frame (also known as post-and-beam) structures built before the Victorian era. I prepare nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, help municipalities create historic districts, and do intensive-level historic research on a variety of historic buildings, most of them located in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, and Burlington counties.
Name Joseph G. Bilby
Topics New Jersey's Civil War Experience, including books by the NJ Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee, as well as others, including a history of NJ's African-American Civil War soldiers and the recently published "350 Years of New Jersey History: From Stuyvesant to Sandy"
Payment $150-$300 Travel 90 miles; Expenses depending on distance
Phone 732-539-1666 Email JGBilby44@aol.com Website www.350NJ.com
Book(s) "New Jersey Goes to War" and "New Jersey's Civil War Odyssey" NJ Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee $20 each
  "Freedom to All: New Jersey's African-American Civil War Soldiers"; Longstreeet House $20
  "350 Years of New Jersey History: From Stuyvesant to Sandy” $20 Hidden History of New Jersey at War” $20.
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Joseph G. Bilby received his BA and MA degrees in history from Seton Hall University and served as a lieutenant in the First Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1966-1967. Mr. Bilby is retired from the New Jersey Department of Labor and currently part time Assistant Curator of the New Jersey National Guard and Militia Museum in Sea Girt, New Jersey and a free lance writer and historical consultant. He is the author, editor or co-author of seventeen books and over 400 articles on New Jersey history and folklore, military history and Outdoor subjects in both Internet and print venues, has lectured widely on those subjects and is a columnist for The Civil War News and New Jersey Sportsmen News. He is publications editor for the New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee and editor of and contributor to the award-winning New Jersey Goes to War, a book on 150 of the state’s Civil War era personalities and New Jersey’s Civil War Odyssey, an anthology of New Jersey Civil War essays covering the period between the 1850sand the 1961 centennial. Both books were published by the official New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. He is also co-author of “Hidden History of New Jersey,” “350 Years of New Jersey History: From Stuyvesant to Sandy” and, most recently “Hidden History of New Jersey at War.”
Name Gordon Bond
Topics “Wicked Woodbridge & Crazy Carteret: Vice in New Jersey’s Oldest Township”
  Three topics from the book of the same name: a counterfeiter in Avenel, a race riot in Carteret, and witches in Woodbridge.
  “The Wreck of The Broker”
  On the drizzly evening of February 6, 1951, the Pennsylvania Railroad commuter train known as “The Broker” derailed in Woodbridge, New Jersey, killing 85 and injuring hundreds in what remains the deadliest railroad accident in the state’s history and among the top five in the United States. In support of the book project about the wreck, the investigations into what happened, and the people involved.
  “To Cast a Freedman’s Vote”
  How a handyman from Perth Amboy made Civil Rights history. Thomas Mundy Peterson was the first African-American to cast a vote under the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1870 at Perth Amboy, NJ.
  “Made By My Own Hand”
  Exploring New Jersey's folk grave marker tradition (with Stephanie M. Hoagland).
  “18 Pence”
  What does Pontiac's Rebellion, New Jersey's first printer, a NJ delegate to the Continental Congress, a mistaken Loyalist, a sage leaf, and the guy paid to keep the NJ Assembly's lights on all have in common? They're all part of the fascinating history behind a piece of colonial paper money!
  “A Nervous Fever”
  Was James Parker murdered to keep him from testifying in the sedition trial of NY revolutionary Alexander MCDougall?
  “My Patron”
  The friendship of James Parker and Benjamin Franklin
  “Pinpointing Parker’s Print Shop”
  Where were James Parker’s print shops in New Jersey and New York located - and does it matter? (New Jersey and New York versions available.)
Payment $150-$300 Travel 50 miles; Expenses depending on distance
Address Newark, NJ
Phone 732-477-6908 Email gordon@gardenstatelegacy.com Website www.gardenstatelegacy.com
Book(s) "Hidden History of North Jersey," Hidden History of South Jersey," "Wicked Woodbridge & Crazy Carteret," "James Parker: A Printer on the Eve of Revolution"
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Gordon Bond is an independent historian, author, and lecturer. He is the founder and ePublisher of www.GardenStateLegacy.com, a free online quarterly magazine dedicated to New Jersey history. He is the author of “James Parker: A Printer on the Eve of Revolution,” “North Jersey Legacies,” and “Hidden History of South Jersey.” His latest book, “Wicked Woodbridge & Crazy Carteret.” He has also written a large number of articles and reviews for Garden State Legacy. His other areas of research include Thomas Mundy Peterson, the first African-American to vote under the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution at Perth Amboy; the Rev. Hannibal Goodwin and his invention of roll photographic film in Newark; and he and his wife are studying New Jersey’s folk grave marker tradition. He also runs his own freelance graphic designs business, Gordon Bond Designs.
Name Marisa Bozarth
Topics Burlington County and the American Revolution; Robert Mills, architect: Charleston, NC - Washington, DC; Ellis H. Parker: Chief of Detectives; Boston Strangler; Prison Reform; Joel Clough: murder, trial & execution; History of Mt. Holly; Murder & Mayham: Wesley Warner and the murder of Lizzie Peak; Remembering Warden William H. King; Smithville Industrial Village; Burlington County Prison Museum History; Burlington County Murders & Executions (1832-1906); Paranormal Activity in Mt. Holly; other Burlington County topics available upon request.
Payment No Travel Negotiable
Address Eastampton, NJ
Phone 609-847-5828 Email mbozarth@co.burlington.nj.us Website www.co.burlington.nj.us/Parks
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Marisa Bozarth has a B.A. in history from Lebanon Valley College, PA. She has been employed in her field with the Burlington County Parks Division for the past 10 years. Her topics focus mainly on Burlington County, the county seat of Mt. Holly, other related topics.
Name Dr. David A. Cowell
Topics Dining in the 19th Century, Achieving Artifical Light: Technological change, Lighting Devices and the Civil War; reexamining the Irish Famines of 1845-51; the Great Road, Bloomfield Avenue and Early Capitalism in New Jersey; Staffordshire Pottery
Payment $150 plus trans. Travel New Jersey
Address 29 Brookside Avenue, Caldwell, N.J. 07006
Phone 973-226-1733 Email dcowell@drew.edu Website  
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Former Cureator, Zenas Crane homestead, West Caldwell, President, Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association, President Advocates for New Jersey History, Historic Preservation Action Committee, Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Drew University, Director, Drew Univ. Semester in London, International Seminars in Ireland, Egypt, Summit Antiques Center, Pt. Pleasand Antiques Emporium, President, Assoc. Antiques Dealers of New Jersey, Manager, Harding Township Antiques Show, Mennen Arena Show
Name Jim DelGiudice
Topics Gotcha!Snapshots that Made History
  An Honest Look at Abe: Lincoln at the Dawn of the Photographic Era
  Agents of Change: Famous New Jersey Women
  Illuminating Causes: Contemporary Jewish Photography in America
  Moments: Capturing Live Theatre in Photographs
  Building by the Book: Pattern Book Architecture in New Jersey
  Samuel Morse: 19th Century Renaissance Man
  Other topics available upon request.
Payment Negotiable Travel 75 Miles; Travel expenses depends on distance
Address Morristown, NJ
Phone 973-822-2743 Email jimphodesgrp@yahoo.com Website www.jimdelgiudice.com
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A lifetime Morris County resident, Jim has used his eyes and voice to document the New Jersey scene for more than half his 57 years. His architectural photography for books published by Rutgers University Press along with his lectures at Drew University have won him a share of the states Historic Preservation Award three times. Jim is an adjunct assistant professor at County College of Morris and also an adjunct lecturer at Columbia University. He presents talks to adult and professional groups around the metropolitan area.
Name Alan Delozier
Topics History of Athletics (All Sports), History of Education (Colleges/Universities), Catholic New Jersey, Irish New Jersey, French New Jersey
Payment Negotiable Travel Open
Address 21-B Troy Drive; Springfield, NJ 07081
Phone (973) 275-2378 Email borradh@aol.com Website None
Book(s) Seton Hall Pirates - A Basketball History (Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2002) and Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark (Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2011)
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Currently work as University Archivist - Seton Hall University; Executive Director - New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission; State Historian - New Jersey Ancient Order of Hibernians. Finishing work on doctorate in Arts & Letters with an Irish Studies concentration.
Name John Fea, Ph.D
Topics Philip Vickers Fithian: A New Jersey Diarist and the America Revolution; The Greenwich Tea Burning: History and Memory in a New Jersey Town; The Religious Beliefs of the Founding Fathers; Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?; The Power to Transform: Teaching and Studying the Past; A Presbyterian Rebellion: The American Revolution in the Mid-Atlantic; Class Matters at the Jersey Shore: What Your Beach Choice Tells You About Your Family History; The Religious Development of Southern New Jersey, 1767-1800.
Payment Negotiable Travel Anywhere in New Jersey
Address Dept. of History, Messiah College, 1 College Ave, Grantham, PA
Phone 717-766-2511 x2253 Email jfea@messiah.edu Website  
Book(s) The Way of of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment in America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008), paperback, $20. Was America Founded as a Christian Nation: A Historical Introduction (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2011), paperback, $25.00
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John Fea (Ph.D, Stony Brook University, 1999) is Associate Professor of American History and Chair of the History Department at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. Fea has written extensively for both scholarly and popular audiences and maintains a very active speaking schedule to historical societies, libraries, colleges and universities, and churches. You can learn more about him at www.philipvickersfithian.com
John is the author of The Way of Improvement Leads Home: Philip Vickers Fithian and the Rural Enlightenment in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008), Was America Founded as a Christian Nation: A Historical Introduction (Westminster/John Knox Press, 2011) and co-editor of Confessing History: Explorations in Christian Faith and the Historian's Vocation. (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010). He is currently at work on a book on the Greenwich Tea Burning, tentatively titled "The Greenwich Tea-Burning: History and Memory in a New Jersey Town." He is also working on a book about the American Revolution in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania titled "A Presbyterian Rebellion: The American Revolution in the Mid-Atlantic."
John's essays and reviews on the history of American culture have appeared in The Journal of American History, The William and Mary Quarterly, The Journal of the Early Republic, Explorations in Early American Culture, the New Pantagruel, The Cresset, and Common Place. He has also written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Daily News, Houston Chronicle, Austin-American Statesman,m Harrisburg Patriot News, Salt Lake City Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and other newspapers. He blogs daily at The Way of Improvement Leads Home.
John has been a fellow at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the Lilly Fellows Program at Valparaiso University. His work has received funding from the American Philosophical Society, the New Jersey Historical Commission, the Louisville Institute, the McNeil Center, the David Library of the American Revolution, and the Spencer Foundation. His book The Way of Improvement Leads Home received awards from the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. He is also a former winner of the New Jersey Historical Commission's Driscoll Prize for his dissertation, "Rural Religion: Protestantism and Community in the South Jersey Countryside, 1676-1800."
Name Raymond Frey, Ph.D.
Topics Petticoats at the Polls: NJ Women Fight for the Right to Vote; The Pine Barrens; Ten Best-Kept Secrets of NJ History; Behind the Mountains: Washington's Winters in NJ; New Jersey's Ethnic Heritage; From Crushing Rocks to Concrete Houses: Thomas Edison's Failed Dream
Payment $150 Travel 50 Miles
Address 231 Beaver Run Road, Lafayette, NJ 07848
Phone 908-852-1400 ext. 2277 Email freyr@centenarycollege.edu Website  
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Professor of History, Centenary College. Author, New Jersey: A Journey of Discovery. New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance Teaching Award, 2007. New Jersey Historical Commission Award of Recognition, November 2008 . New Jersey Governor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement in History and Civics, June 2009
Name Kathleen P. Galop, Esq
Topics The Olmsted Legacy in New Jersey; The Creation of Branch Brook Park; The Development of County Park Systems
Payment $350 Travel Princeton area and north.  Also, NYC area.
Address Preservation Possibilities, 360 Springfield Ave., Suite 301, Summit, NJ 07901
Phone 908-517-1064 Email kpgalop@att.net Website  
Book(s) Branch Brook Park.  Arcadia Publishing Company.  $20.
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Kathleen P. Galop, Esq. serves as Principal of Preservation Possibilities, an historic preservation consulting firm based in Summit, NJ. A practicing attorney since 1972, Galop has extensive experience and a national reputation in the administration of historic preservation projects. Kathleen is a frequent speaker on the “The Olmsted Legacy in New Jersey”, “The Creation of Branch Brook Park” and the “Development of County Park Systems”.
Knowledgeable in the preparation of State and National Register Nominations, Galop prepared the nomination which placed Branch Brook Park on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. At the present time she is preparing the Register Nominations for Briant Pond Park in Summit, NJ and she served as a Consultant to the Friends of Anderson Park for the preparation of the Nomination of Anderson Park in Montclair, NJ.
She served as a Consultant to NJN Public Television in the development of a Documentary Film on Branch Brook Park – Legacy of the Gilded Age which has aired locally and nationally since 2003. She is also a contributing author to the Encyclopedia of NJ (Rutgers University Press) having researched and written the entry for “county parks”.
In 2007 Kathleen co-authored a book on the history of Branch Brook Park (Newark, NJ) which was published in August 2007 to coincide with the 140th Anniversary of the Park. Her other writings on Branch Brook Park have been published by the National Association for Olmsted Parks, the Branch Brook Park Alliance and Hofstra University in its Social Science Docket. She served as a Consultant to NJN Public Television in the development of a Documentary Film on Branch Brook Park – Legacy of the Gilded Age which has aired locally and nationally since 2003.
Kathleen received a John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Research Grant and a White House Historical Association Grant to conduct an historic preservation research project on Jacqueline Kennedy. Her resulting research on “Jacqueline Kennedy’s Historic Preservation Legacy” was published in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s forum Journal in May 2006. ”. Kathleen was the Luncheon Speaker for Save America’s Treasures at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the National Trust for Historic Preservation where she presented her research on Jacqueline Kennedy in an informative Power Point presentation outlining the contributions “Jackie” made to historic preservation as First Lady
Galop served as a Trustee of the New Jersey Historic Trust from 1991 to 1996 and is a founding Trustee of the National Association for Olmsted Parks based in Washington, DC.
Name Rick Geffken
Topics 1. Buying Land from "The Savages": Gravesende to Monmouth Shores in 1663
  2. Tinton Falls Iron: The Making of Colonial New Jersey
  3. Loyalty in Their Bones: The Morris & Kearney Families in New Jersey, 1676-1776
  4. 350 Years On: The Four Corners in Shrewsbury
  5. Pirates and the Episcopal Church in Monmouth County
  6. Traitor or Man of God? Rev. Samuel Cooke during the Revolution
Payment $100-$150 Travel 50-75 miles; Expenses Negotiable
Address Farmingdale, Monmouth City, NJ 07727
Phone 732-492-9444 Email rickg0817@yahoo.com Website www.livinghistory.com
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Rick Geffken is an archival historian retired from careers in the computer industry and teaching. He is a member of the Farmingdale and Shrewsbury Historical Societies, as well as the Monmouth County Historical Association. Rick publishes The Monmouth Connection, the newsletter of the Monmouth County Genealogy Society. Historical and genealogical articles he’s written have been published in The Howell Times, the on-line Patch blogs, The Crown newsletter of Christ Episcopal Church in Shrewsbury, and in many other publications. Rick has spoken at many local and state-wide historical and preservation conferences. He is currently researching and writing a book on Shrewsbury. His website is Livinghistorynj.com
Name Joseph A. Grabas
Topics Owning New Jersey - The role of land and land ownership in the development of the Colony & State
Good Deeds and Bad Deeds - Using land records in Genealogical Research
Georgia of the North - African American Land Ownership in the Antebellum Period
Public Burials on Private Grounds - Ancient cemeteries and burial rights
Housing Discrimination in New Jersey
If these Walls Could Talk - Researching House Histories
Land Records Clinic - How to Use the County Clerk's Records
The Cartographer's Apprentice - Maps and Mapping in New Jersey
Individualized Custom Program focused on local land record history
Payment Negotiable Travel Everywhere; Expenses Negotiable
Address 2 Horse Shoe Lane, Freehold, NJ 07728
Phone 732-261-1013 Email jgrabas@ContinuingEducationNJ.com Website www.ContinuingEducationNJ.com
Book(s) Owning New Jersey: Historic Tales of War, Property Disputes & the Pursuit of Happiness. The History Press $20.00
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Joe Grabas is a Professional Educator, Speaker, Land Title Expert, Historian and Author of the award winning book, Owning New Jersey. Having spent almost 4 decades researching real property records, he brings a unique perspective to historical discourse. He is recognized locally and nationally as a Certified Title Professional and Forensic Expert in matters relating to real estate. Mr. Grabas serves on the NJ Tidelands Resource Council and as an Historical Commissioner for the County of Monmouth.
Name Walter D. Greason
Topics New Jersey's Resort Towns; Civil Rights in the Garden State; Sprawl, Taxation, and Community
Payment Negotiable Travel 100 Miles
Address 95 Jefferson Ave, Jeffersonville, PA 19403
Phone 610-631-1887 Email waltergreason@yahoo.com Website  
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Dr. Walter Greason is an Assistant Professor of American History and Coordinator of the African American and Africana Studies Program at Ursinus College. His research on the history of New Jersey in the twentieth century demonstrates the importance of understanding family and community in national and international context. Dr. Greason is also the Senior Research Historian for the Court Street School Education Community Center in Freehold, New Jersey, where he supervises the Marion Russell Library and Archives about African American life in New Jersey history.
Name Sharon Hazard
Topics Long Branch, New Jersey in the Golden Age when presidents, entertainers, business tycoons and vacationers visited this beautiful city by the sea. Mary Todd Lincoln visited in 1861, President Ulysses Grant owned a summer cottage nd President Garfield came here to recuperate from bullet wounds inflicted by an assassin. He died in the Eleron section of the city as death knolls rang from the nearby St. James Chapel, now called the Church of the Presidents.
Payment $300 Travel anywhere in New Jersey or New York
Address 269 Park Avenue, Long Branch, New Jersey, 07740
Phone 732-222-8398 Email sharonhaz@aol.com Website sharonhazardauthor.com
Book(s) Long Branch in the Golden Age, Tales of Famous and Fascinating People; The City Beyond the Bluff, the Life and Times of Long Branch; Historic Photos of Newark.
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Sharon Hazard is a New Jersey-based author/researcher specializing in historical topic. She is a member of the Author's Guild and the American Society of Professiona Journalists and Authors.
Name Ralph A. Heiss
Topics The Lehigh Valley Railroad Across New Jersey - A photographic 'yesterday and today' look at the building of the Lehigh Valley Railroad between Phillipsburg and Jersey City, and the communities it once and still some cases, serves today.
  New York Harbor's Railroad Navy - A photographic look at how New Jersey's railroads once moved goods and people between New Jersey and New York across the Hudson River.
Payment Negotiable Travel 30 miles
Address 148 Hudson Street, South Plainfield
Phone 973-727-6992 Email cnjlv@yahoo.com Website None
Book(s) The Lehigh Valley Railroad Across New Jersey, Arcadia Publishing, 2009 - http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/9780738565767/The-Lehigh-Valley-Railroad-across-New-Jersey
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Originally from Rockaway, NJ, but now a resident of South Plainfield, Ralph A. Heiss has had an interest in railroads since childhood. He has lectured and authored numerous articles on various railroad topics for local and National railroad and historical societies and organizations acoss the Northeast for the last 10 years. Ralph has also authored many articles in the railroad enthusiast press on various railroad subjects, and has served as Editor for various model railroad-themed publications.
Name Evelyn Hershey
Topics In the winter of 1913, more than 24,000 men, women and children marched out of Paterson, New Jersey's silk mills calling for decent working conditions, an end to child labor, and an eight-hour day. The 1913 Paterson Silk Strike and other workers struggles brought about reforms in the workplace broadly enjoyed by Americans. Talk topics include labor struggles through history, child labor, and the domestic life of the Botto family and other immigrant families of the Paterson silk mills.
Payment $100 Travel New Jersey & Metropolitan Area
Address 83 Norwood St., Haledon, NJ 07508
Phone (973) 595-7953 Email labormuseum@aol.com Website www.labormuseum.net
Book(s) Around Haledon: Immigration and Labor by Angelica M. Santomauro and Evelyn M. Hershey, Arcadia Publishing, 2008.
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Evelyn M. Hershey is the Education Director of the American Labor Museum/Botto House National Landmark, whose mission is to advance public understanding of the history of work, workers and the labor movement, with special attention to the ethnicity and immigrant experience of American workers. Evelyn earned a BA and MA from Rutgers University.
Name Michael Krakowski
Topics "Bruno Richard Hauptmann's Handwritten Autobiography"; "Hauptmann's Unique and Individual Small x"; "Dr. Condon's Telephone Number in the Closet"; "Proof of Only One Writer of all the Lindbergh Ransom Notes"; "Handwriting Evidence of a German Writer"; "Anonymous Letters and Disguised Handwriting."
Payment $250-$450 Travel Negotiable; Tri-State Region
Address 24 Krumb Street Sayreville, New Jersey 08872
Phone 732-651-0246 Email qde52@yahoo.com Website  
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Michael Krakowski, B.A., Rutgers University, is a court qualified Forensic Document Examiner, specializing in handwriting identification, in private practice for over fifteen years. He received his questioned document training and certificate from the National Questioned Document Association Dallas, Texas. He also completed the questioned document section and police photography section at the American Institute of Applied Science. He is a member of the National Association of Document Examiners, National Questioned Document Association, and the American College of Forensic Examiners. Mr. Krakowski is owner and operator of Document Solutions in Sayreville, New Jersey. He has recently concluded a lengthy and painstaking research of the disputed handwriting issues in the Lindbergh kidnapping case and is an authority on the handwriting in this legendary and controversial criminal case.
Name Judith Krall-Russo
Topics Blueberries - New Jersey's Wonder Fruit; Peachy Keen - Peaches in New Jersey; The Jersey Tomato from Cherry to Beefsteak; The New Jersey Cranberry; Apples - Dumplings, Cider, and Jack; Food and Fun Along the Jersey Shore
Payment Depends on program Travel 75+ miles, expenses
Address PO Box 515 Fords, NJ 08863
Phone 732-985-2486 Email judith@teafoodhistory.com Website  
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Judith Krall-Russo is a Food Historian and Certified Tea Specialist she has presented programs throughout New Jersey. Detailed information can be found on her web site - www.teafoodhistory.com. Ms. Krall-Russo has contributed to the following publications; "County Woman"; "Gastronomica"; "Tea, A Magazine".
Name Maureen O'Connor Leach
Topics 1920 Tea Rooms (First Person presentation - Maizie Brews a Business)
  Community Cookbooks: A Civil War Legacy (illustrated lecture w/wo PowerPoint)
  Flag over the Schoolhouse (First Person Presentation or lecture available)
  Practical & Pretty: The History of Aprons (interactive presentation)
Payment Negotiable Travel Anywhere in NJ; Travel Expenses Depending on Distance
Address Freehold Township NJ
Phone 732-462-0703 Email steepedinhistory.leach@gmail.com Website None
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Maureen OConnor Leach was born and raised in Greenwich Village, NYC . She is a graduate of Hunter College High School , earned a BA in History from Hunter College and a Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School.
After practicing as an attorney, she turned to her love of history as a career. For nearly 20 years she has been a historic interpreter and museum administrator. Currently she is a presenter as well as a consultant to historic sites and cultural institutions Maureen is a member of the Monmouth County Historical Commission. Alternate email mocdel1049@gmail.com
Name Glenn W. LeBoeuf
Topics "Shadow Lawn: The 'Downton Abbey' of The Jersey Shore"
Payment $225-$700 Travel Anywhere; Travel Expenses Depending on Distance
Address 32-B 6th Ave., Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716-1302
Phone   Email glennwleboeuf@msn.com Website www.lethistorylive.net
Book(s) None
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Historical speaker since 1984. History major, Monmouth University, 1976. Member of the Abraham Lincoln Society, Civil War Trust and 3rd NJ Vol. Infantry reenactment group. My presentation "Ten Moral Moments in the Life of Abraham Lincoln" can give NJ attorneys "Ethics credits." I spoke to 247 lawyers on Feb. 12th, 2013 at the NJ Center For Continuing Legal Education on "The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln."
Name Carol Simon Levin
Topics Carol Simon Levin is a Living History Presenter specializing in "Fascinating Women History Forgot" currently touring these shows:
  Bridge Builder in Petticoats: Emily Warren Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge.
  Emily Roebling was once called “the most famous woman in New Jersey” yet today almost no one knows her name. Hear the story of this astonishing 19th century woman who, after her husband was bedridden, became his liaison to the project – eventually communicating with the engineers and suppliers so well that it was rumored that she had become the Chief Engineer herself.
  Nobody Owns the Sky: Fascinating Stories of Forgotten Female Aviators.
  Long before Amelia Earhart’s famous exploits, female flyers thrilled people on the ground — executing audacious acrobatic aerial maneuvers, soloing across the English channel, setting records, barnstorming and buzzing beneath New York’s bridges. Undaunted by male skepticism, they were determined to prove that anything that men could do, they could do too!
  A W.A.S.P. Takes Wing: The Women Airforce Pilots of World War II.
  Hear the story of the amazing WASPs (women military pilots in WWII) through the experiences of Ann Baumgartner Carl, the Jersey girl who trained as a WASP and became the only American woman to test-fly experimental planes during the war.
Payment $125 Travel Flexible, Depending on Distance
Address Bedminster, NJ
Phone 908 781-6041 Email cslevin59@gmail.com Website http://tellingherstories.com/
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Carol Simon Levin is a Youth Services Librarian, author, storyteller and program presenter.
Whether she is impersonating the woman who helped to build the Brooklyn Bridge, telling the amazing stories of women in aviation, engaging families in a rousing Halloween Hootenany of songs and stories, or sharing the story of a dolphin who learned to swim with an artificial tail (along with activities to help children understand what it is like to live with a disability), she always strives to create exciting programs that engage her audience’s interests and expand their horizons.
She is happy to bring her presentations to libraries, senior centers, historical societies, schools, camps and other venues. Each can be tailored to different ages.
Carol Simon Levin is a member of the New Jersey Storytelling Guild, the New Jersey Library Association, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
I provide laptop, projector, cords and small speaker. Venue provides projection surface, table for equipment, and microphone/speakers (if desired).
Name Peter T. Lubrecht
Topics New Jersey's Butterfly Boys in the Civil War-1st American Hussars- actually the 3rd NJ Cavalry Abraham Lincoln Goes to the Theatre; The Hysterical Tyrannical Booth Family; Will Shakespeare as I knew Him; A Day in the Life of a Elizabethan Actorl
Payment Negotiable Travel Negotiable
Address 29 Maple Terrace, Stanhope, NJ 07874
Phone 973-727-1860 Email opapop@optonline.net Website www.olpeteshistoryalive.com
Book(s) New Jersey's Butterfly Boys in the Civil War -1st American Hussars History Press 2011
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www.olpeteshistoryalive.com Professor of English and Theater
Name Alexander Magoun
Topics "How David Sarnoff Created our Wireless World"; "Cradle of Innovation: RCA Laboratories"; "6 Inventions that Changed our World"; "Television, but not as we know it, 1873-1975"
Payment Negotiable Travel An hour's drive; Travel expenses depending on distance
Address Princeton/Hoboken, NJ
Phone 732-981-3414 Email a.b.magoun@ieee.org Website http://www.davidsarnoff.org/
Book(s) "David Sarnoff Research Center: From RCA Laboratories to Sarnoff Corporation" (Arcadia, 2003), $19.95; "Television: Life Story of a Technology" (Johns Hopkins U. Press, 2007), $27.00.
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Dr. Magoun is the outreach historian at the IEEE History Center, which preserves, researches, and promotes the history of information and electrical technologies for the world's largest organization of technical professionals. Previously he ran the David Sarnoff Library, whose museum is now at The College of New Jersey and whose archives is at the Hagley Library. Magoun received awards from the New Jersey Historical Commission and Antique Wireless Association for his efforts in promoting and preserving the state's history in television. He received the Ph.D. in American history from the University of Maryland at College Park and is an accomplished speaker, having made presentations to public, school, professional, and academic audiences in eight states and eleven countries.
Name Hassan (Sam) Mahmoud
Topics Many to choose from: Cleopatra and the Roman Empire, The history of the Phoenecians, 800 years of Moorish Spain, The history of the Crusades, The Bysantine Empire, Ancient Egypt and the connection to USA and Europe, etc.
Payment Negotiable Travel 40 miles; Travel Expenses Required
Address 705 Oak Avenue , Westfield N.J. 07090
Phone 908-654-8128 Email hmahmoud@aol.com Website  
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Currently, the speaker program director of the Westfield Historical Society in Westfield N.J. Made 12 presentations for the Westfield historical society, the Westfield Rotary, and the Scotch Plains and Fanwood/Scotch Plains Rotary clubs, and NJ Senior Association. Wrote 33 columns for the Home News Tribune and the Courier News. The Star Ledger published 40 letters to the editor from me and published my name as one of the best letter writers.
Name Robert A. Mayers
Topics Revolutionary War Events-(Customized for actions in your specific area.)
  - "Searching for Private Yankee Doodle" The Common soldier in American Revolution
  - "The Forgotten Revolution" - Overlooked Rev.War sites in Northeast or N.J.
  - "The War Man" - Story of Soldier who fought from Quebec to Yorktown for 8 years.
  - Finding and Tracing Revolutionary War Soldiers (Genealogical research)
Payment $150 Travel Expenses over 50 mi
Address 226 Ridge Rd. Watchung, N.J.
Phone 908-757-0038 Email bobmayers@msn.com Website www.revolutionarydetective.com
Book(s) All books offered at cost at speaking events ($20)
  "The War Man" Westholme Publishing
  "The Forgotten Revolution&quot" Heritage Books,Critical places of the Revolution that have been Neglected by History
  "The Portrait of an American Family" Case Study tracing Family back 19 generations.
  "Searching for Private Yankee Doodle" - The Common Soldiers Of George Washington's Continental Army'
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As a descendant of Patriot soldier Corporal John Allison, the Revolution is personal to Bob Mayers. He is an active member of 10 historical societies and is a frequent speaker and contributor to their publications. His service as a combat officer in both the Navy and Marine Corps provides him with a deeper prospective of the many battles depicted in his work. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and was an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University.
The work of Bob Mayers has been featured in History Channel Magazine, Garden State Legacy, Comcast TV programs, the NY Genealogical and Biographical Record and other national media. His speaking events are enjoyed by everyone and just not hard core history fans. His audiences often comment that they regret that during their school days they tuned out history as distant and dull. Visit him at wwww.revolutionarydetective.com
Name Russ McIver
Topics "Bog Iron and Baseball, The Brooklyn Bridegrooms at Allaire 1898" other topics about Baseball at the Jersey Shore
Payment $100 Travel NJ, NYC, PA
Address P.O. Box 121 Allenhurst, NJ 07711
Phone 732-859-7643 Email None Website None
Book(s) None
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I am an Active Volunteer at Allaire Village, Farmingdale, am the Captain of the Monmouth Furnace Vintage Base Ball team, and am a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.
Name Sandra Moss M.D., M.A. (History)
Topics Mainly for medical groups:
  Long odyssey of babesiosis: New Jersey’s contribution to infectious diseases
  Treating renal disease in New Jersey
  Dialysis pioneers of New Jersey
  Floating kidneys: a century ofnephrosptosis and nephropexy (or: The ups and downs of the floating kidney
  The early treatment of eclampsia in NewJersey
  The sphygmograph: A Newark pioneer incardiovascular technology
  The sphygmograph in America: writing thepulse
  The power to terrify: eclampsia in nineteenth-century American
  The doctor as weatherman: medical topography in nineteeth-century New Jersey
  History of hemodialysis
  The Country Practitioner: Ellis P.Townsend’s Brave Little Medical Journal
  Yellow fever experiments in Cuba: Walter Reed and others (includes Clara Maass)
  Joseph Stickler:the New Jersey doctor who would be Koch -- and Jenner too
  History of diabetes
  Predicting soundness: arterial tension, life insurance, and the sphygmograph
  General and medical group interest
  A New Jersey physician in the Kingdom ofSiam
  New Jersey radiology: the first decade
  Take oxygen and die; take arsenic andlive (presentation to mystery writers)
  James Still and the regulars: the struggle for legitimacy (African American healer/NJ)
  John A. Kenney,M.D., and the North Jersey Medical Society: Taking on Jim Crow (African American/NJ)
  Newark's Civil War hospital.
  Pestilence across the Delaware: yellow fever epidemics of the 1790s in New Jersey
  Ironclad fever: A New Jersey doctor’s Civil War
  Fountains of youth: New Jersey water-cures (other similar presentations: Serpentine streams and pulsating power: The water cure and hygeiotherapy in NJ; Homeopaths and hydropaths: Holistic health in New Jersey)
  Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle and the white plague (TB)
  Doc Holliday:Dentist at the OK Corral
  Courses (can be adapted for single presentations)
  Great men and great moments in medicine
  Medicine and the military
Payment No Travel anywhere in New Jersey
Address 33 Eggert Avenue, Metuchen NJ 08840
Phone 732-549-5843 Email sandra.moss3@verizon.net Website  
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I am a retired internist with a degree in the history of medicine. My speaking engagements have included the Hermitage, Nassau Club in Princeton, Princeton Historical Society, Institute of New Dimensions in Bergen County, the Medical History Society of New Jersey, the Raritan Yacht Club (history of naval medicine in the Civil War), the American Osler Society (an organization for historians of medicine), the American Association for the History of Medicine, the annual meeting of New Jersey historians, a local veteran's group, Sisters in Crime (a group for crime writers interested in poisons), and physicians' groups. I have contributed close to thirty articles to a wide variety of medical and historical journals, including several New Jersey history publications as well as book reviews to H-Net New Jersey online. In addition, I have contributed articles to the New Jersey Encyclopedia, the Encyclopedia of Plague, Pestilence, and Pandemics, the recently released World History Encyclopedia, and Social Science Docket. I am past president of the Medical History Society of New Jersey and vice president of the American Osler Society. All my presentations include PowerPoint illustration (I bring a computer, projector and requisite electronics).
Name Kristina Myers
Topics Alice Paul was one of the most influential women in America, leading the final fight for women’s suffrage and championing equal rights for women through most of the 20th century. Yet most people are unaware of the pivotal role this Mount Laurel native played in procuring the political rights American women now enjoy. This PowerPoint presentation and discussion explores Alice Paul’s life, her roots in the New Jersey Quaker community, and her work for women around the world.
  Mad Hatters, The Radium Girls, and the Asbestos Hotel: Stories of New Jersey Industrial Toxins
  Women Doctors, Nurses, and Hospital Administrators in the Civil War (with an emphasis on New Jersey)
  Perth Amboy -- the City by the Bay in the Great Depression
Payment $250 Travel Anywhere in NJ or Greater Philadelphia region; Expenses negotiable
Phone 856-231-1885 Email kmyers@alicepaul.org Website www.alicepaul.org
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Kris Myers, Director of Heritage and Outreach, has been with API since 2004. She is responsible for implementing and managing API’s Women's Heritage Program including tours, presentations special events and educational workshops. She serves as a speaker on Alice Paul at locations throughout New Jersey and manages both the Alice Paul Institute and New Jersey Women’s History websites. Myers received her M.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and has a B.A. in History with a concentration in Women’s Studies from Rowan University.
Name Billy Neumann
Topics Historic Preservation, Historic Preservation at the street level, Architect Edgar I. Williams, William Carlos Williams and his hometown of Rutherford, NJ, Preserving Photography and Photographic Materials, Document Digitization and Preservation for today, The Assistant Photographer and Commercial Photography as a Career, Promoting Local History through publishing, Paterson: A Walk Through History, Rutherford, NJ, History of Southern Bergen County, General Robert Erskine Minemaster and Mapmaker of the Revolution, Revolutionary War in Southern Bergen County, Downtown History and Development, Early History of Fairleigh Dickinson University, How to Develop an Exciting Walking Tour
Payment Negotiable Travel Almost anywhere; 100 miles
Address 96 Carmita Ave Rutherford, NJ 07070
Phone 201 939-0370 Email fotogbill@aol.com Website www.NeumannPhoto.com
Book(s) Rutherford: A Brief History by William Neumann, pub. 2008 The History Press. Contributing author to Revolutionary Bergen County / The Road to Independence, pub 2009 The History Press.
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William “Billy” Neumann will tell you first that he is a life-long resident of Rutherford, NJ. He is the third generation to reside in a home that was once the main house of the large Beard family farm. For more than half the year he sleeps outside on the home's open air porch and tends to a garden that has continually yielded a harvest for over 135 years. He is past chairman of Rutherford’s Historic Preservation Commission and serves on other New Jersey historic committees including Bergen County’s Historic Preservation Advisory Board. He has produced guided tours of Rutherford, Paterson, and New York City as such he is a huge advocate of preserving local history by documentation, photography, oral recitation and writing and anything else. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Paterson Habitat for Humanity and has pro-bono affiliations with libraries, public radio and arts organizations. Neumann is a commercial photographer in New York City and claims to be able to "teach anyone, anything about photography." Since 1985 he has produced award winning images of business leaders, celebrities and politicians. He also has continuously documented the beauty of the Borough of Rutherford and its evolving history. See his photography website at www.NeumannPhoto.com
Name Kate Nearpass Ogden
Topics Art & Artists of New Jersey (various periods, various media). Examples include: 19th century landscape painters; 19th century portraits; New Deal artists; Architecture in New Jersey; gravestone imagery; New Jersey history in paintings; early modern art in NJ; contemporary artists of NJ.
Payment Negotiable Travel 100 Miles; Prefer South/Central NJ; will go farther on occasion.
Address Stockton College, PO Box 195, Pomona, NJ 08240
Phone 609/652-4406 Email kate.ogden@stockton.edu Website www.artofnewjersey.net.
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Kate Nearpass Ogden is an Associate Professor of Art History at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (12 miles from Atlantic City), where she teaches American Art, Modern Art, and the History of Photography. Her latest passion is her course The Art of New Jersey and its related website, www.artofnewjersey.net.
Name Kevin Olsen
Topics The Hackensack and Passaic Rivers, history and navigation. Pure Drinking Water for New Jersey, Employing the State of the Art Science of 1876. Jamaica Bay As New York City's Conflicted Backyard: Recreation And Refuse, Transportation And Trash, Wetlands And Wastelands, History of the Montclair and Greenwood Lake Railroad
Payment None Travel Northern New Jersey, Central New Jersey, Southern New York State
Address 1 Shady Terrace, Wayne, New Jersey, 07470
Phone 973-604-8042 (home) Email OlsenK@Mail.Montclair.Edu Website  
Book(s) A Great Conveniency, A Maritime History of the Passaic River, Hackensack River, and Newark Bay.
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Kevin Olsen is a lifelong resident of New Jersey and an avid student of the state's history. He has a Bachelor's degree in chemistry from Plymouth State College of the University System of New Hampshire. He has both an MS degree in chemistry and a PhD in Environmental Management from Montclair State University. Kevin has been a field archaeologist in New Jersey and New York City. He has worked at the Monksville Reservoir in Ringwood, New Jersey, and the Barclay Bank Project in lower Manhattan. He was been a volunteer at the Van Riper Hopper House Museum and the Dey Mansion Museum. He has also served as an officer of the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society. Kevin's articles on New Jersey History have appeared in the HIGHLANDER and the Encyclopedia of New Jersey. He regularly publishes articles about New Jersey's scientific history in THE INDICATOR, the news magazine of the North Jersey Section of the American Chemistry Society. Kevin is the instrumentation specialist on the support staff of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of Montclair State University. He is also a member of the university's Passaic River Institute where his research specialty is contaminated estuarine sediments.
Name Donald Johnstone Peck
Topics "The Historic Peace Conference of September 11, 1776" Other topics related to central New Jersey American Revolutionary War history may be developed to suit the ocassion.
Payment Negotiable Travel Beyond 50 miles beyond possible with expenses
Address Old Stone Cottage, 893 Main Street, Fords, NJ 08863
Phone 732-738-5522 Email clausenco@aol.com Website  
Book(s) "An American Journey of Hope," "A Spirited War," "General Joseph Bloomfield - A Revolutionary Life," all published by American History Press: http://americanhistorypress.com/
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Alumnus of Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, Class of 1961, with a major in history and French, including additional studies in political science at the Institute of Political Studies of the University of Paris, France, 1960. Graduate studies include French at Columbia University, New York City, 1961 and theology at Drew University, Madison, NJ, 1977. Professionally, President and CEO of The Clausen Company, Inc., Fords, NJ, a leading manufacturer of automotive refinishing products for the automotive aftermarket and Past President of the National Association of Autobody Filler Manufacturers, 1983-1986. Non-professionaly, Trustee for the League of New Jersey Historical Societies, immediate Past President of the Raritan-Millstone Heritage Alliance, Inc., Somerset, NJ, Life member and President Emeritus of the Proprietary House Association, Perth Amboy, NJ, member of The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of New Jersey
Name George Pierson
Topics Colonial Tinsmithing, Genealogy Research in New Jersey
Payment Negotiable Travel 50 miles
Address 1984 Church Ave., Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
Phone 908-490-0274 Email professorgpierson@verizon.net Website None
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Professor of public speaking at Kean University. BA and MA from Montclair Uni. Post MA studies at Lehigh University. Member of numerous historical societies and genealogy societies in New Jersey.
Name Michael Aaron Rockland
Topics New Jersey History; New Jersey Adventure; New Jersey Culture; The New Jersey Turnpike; The George Washington Bridge; Ethnicity in New Jersey.
Payment $350 minimum Travel 100 miles; Travel Expenses Negotiable
Address 11 Farragut Place, Morristown, New Jersey 07960
Phone 973-292-1169 or 848-9329179 Email rockland@rci.rutgers.edu Website http://www.michaelrockland.com
Book(s) "Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike"; "The George Washington Bridge: Poetry in Steel"; "Snowshoeing Through Sewers"; "The Jews of New Jersey: A Pictorial History"; I also write regularly for New Jersey Monthly magazine and, indeed, recently published the special article on New Jersey's 350th Birthday.
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I am Professor of American Studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. I have published fourteen books, four on New Jersey. I have also written some 60 magazine feature stories on New Jersey and am interviewed regularly on radio and television about New Jersey. I have won five major teaching and lecturing awards and five of my books have won prizes or similar national recognition. I was recently awarded the Governor Richard J. Hughes Prize for a lifetime of contributions to New Jersey History and Culture.
Name Michael Russell
Topics The Role of the Clergy and Military Chaplains in Promoting the American Revolution, New Jersey in the American Revolution
Payment $150-200 Travel 30-40 miles
Address Rahway
Phone 732-841-6671 Email mtrussell@aol.com Website None
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Michael Russell was born and raised in New Jersey and can trace his family lineage in the state back to the late 1600s. Michael has a Masters degree in Military History from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont and is currently working on a Doctorate in National Security Studies at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey. Michael spent three years as a Trustee for the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area and is now a member on the Crossroads Advisory Panel. Michael is an active member of the Battlefield Restoration Archaeological Volunteer Organization (BRAVO) and has done archaeological studies at several battle sites in New Jersey including Monmouth and Princeton battlefields, as well as the Battle of the Short Hills. Michael is also a member of the Washington Association of New Jersey.
Michael has delivered his presentations to several organizations in New Jersey. Some include the New Jersey State Society (Central District) of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (annual luncheon), the Presbytery of Elizabeth, and the Perth Amboy Ferry Slip Museum. Michael also created a professional development course on New Jersey in the American Revolution for educators in Bridgewater, New Jersey where he has taught for the past 15 years.
Name Yusuf JP Saleeby, MD
Topics Medicine & Surgery in the Am. Civil War.
Payment Negotiable Travel Depends on distance
Address 128 Summerwind Loop, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Phone 912 656 2297 Email ymsaleeby@gmail.com Website www.saleeby.net
Book(s) I have authored a book on Adaptogen Herbs. "Wonder Herbs: A guide to three adaptogens" (Xlibris, 2006)
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I am a physician, author and collector of medical antiques. I am also a member of the Society of Civil War Surgeons and am for the observance of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War giving lectures on "Medicine & Surgery during the Am. Civil War." It is a hour to 1.5 hr. lecture with an amazing PowerPoint presentation. It covers the practice of medicine and surgery, pharmaceuticals, instruments, prostheses, techniques and statistics regarding morbidity and mortality during the conflict. I discuss the contributions of some memorable surgeons, such as Drs. Letterman, Moore, McGuire and Augusta. I also cover the Union's Sanitation Commission, Pavilion (General) Hospitals, the ambulance service and Hospital Trains.
Additionally, I am offering a small portion of my medical antique collection (some 40 - c.1860's books and instruments) pertaining to the civil war to be placed on display for one to 2 months at the locations in which I am invited to lecture.
My lecture at the Horry County Public Library in Conway, SC recently was very well received and the collection is on public display for the month of April. Should you want additional information on my availability during the years of 2011 through 2015, please inquire by reply email or calling me on my mobile (912) 656-2297.
I also speak on other topics involving Disaster Prep and Integrative Medicine. For more on me visit www.saleeby.net
Dr. Saleeby is a 1991 graduate with a medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta Georgia. Upon completion of post-graduate training at East Carolina University School of Medicine in Greenville, North Carolina, he relocated to Savannah, Georgia to practice emergency medicine. Dr. Saleeby has practiced medicine since 1992 outside of training and is licensed in the states of Georgia and South Carolina, Virginia and North Carolina. From 2000 until 2006 he was appointed as co-medical director of the Emergency Department at Liberty Regional Medical Center, Hinesville, GA. In 2007 he took over as the medical director of the Emergency Department at Marlboro Park Hospital in Bennettsville, SC. He held post as occupational physician at the Juliet Gordon Low Federal Building's Federal Occupational Health center for 6 years while in Savannah.
Dr. Saleeby has a solo Integrative Medicine practice in Coastal SC.
Dr. Saleeby also founded VSN (www.vitasanus.com) in 1998 thus formulating a line of nutraceuticals for his anti-aging practice. This company was sold in late 2006 to another healthcare provider. He also held a post as adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Nursing at Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia. Currently he serves on an advisory board for American Fitness magazine and the Aerobic & Fitness Association of America (AFAA). Additionally he is on the medical advisory board for Beachbody.com.
Dr. Saleeby is a regional speaker on topics of integrative and preventive medicine and has been published widely. He writes medical and health related articles for regional and national journals (JIVE magazine, Enigma, Tea Experience Digest) and maintains a blog on healthcare issues.
The journal American Fitness regularly publishes articles and he is the health writer for a tea journal. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Cortlandt Forum and on regional TV and radio stations. He published his first book in print in early 2006 entitled “Wonder Herbs: A Guide to Three Adaptogens” available on online bookstores and his web site.
Dr. Saleeby had also participated in Olympic style Weightifting with Team Savannah for several years and has earned top place finishes in his 94Kg Masters group at the Georgia Games and Team Savannah Open competition in 2002 & 2003 and took the Silver Medal in the 2004 Senior Master Nationals.
Name Gary D. Saretzky
Topics 19th Century New Jersey Photographers (customized by county or city)
Payment Negotiable Travel New Jersey; Travel Expenses Depending on Distance
Address Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Phone 609-392-4484 Email gary@saretzky.com Website http://saretzky.com
Book(s) None
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Gary D. Saretzky, archivist, educator, and photographer, is Archivist of Monmouth County (1994-) and Coordinator, Internship Programs, Rutgers-New Brunswick History Department (1994-). Saretzky taught the history of photography course at Mercer County Community College from 1977 to 2012 and has been researching 19th century New Jersey photographers for more than thirty years. He has published more than 100 articles, reviews, and exhibition catalogs on conservation of library materials, history of photography, and New Jersey history, and lectures regularly through the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and under other auspices.
Name Janet Sheridan
Topics Colonial Timber Framing in Southwestern New Jersey: The Cultural Implications of Structural Logic; Marshalltown: A lost African American landscape in Salem County; Owl's Nest: A du Pont country estate in Delaware; Reuben Cuff's domestic landscape; Recording buildings and landscapes: A methods primer; Greek Revival in Salem, NJ.
Payment Negotiable Travel 90 Miles
Phone 856 469-4116 Email jlsheridan@verizon.net Website http://sheridanpreservation.com/
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Founder of Preservation Salem, Inc. in 1990, and a preservation consultant since 1996, I earned my M. A. in Historic Preservation from the University of Delaware in 2007. Since then I have been researching the cultural landscape of southern New Jersey from a material culture perspective, particularly vernacular buildings and landscapes. As a consultant, I specialize in graphic documentation, cultural resource survey and National Register. I am a member of the Vernacular Architecture Forum and delivered a paper on colonial timber framing in southwestern NJ at the 2010 conference. I have received three grants from the New Jersey Historical Commission to research African American resources in Salem County: the 1798 home of Reuben Cuff, a nationally significant figure, and Marshalltown, an early nineteenth-century free-black settlement.
Name Lee Smith
Topics Educational reform: A history that reveals a curriculum of unquestionable value and lasting relevance.
Payment Negotiable Travel 75 Miles; Travel Expenses Required
Phone 856 469-4116 Email amandreahoneyfarm@yahoo.com Website None
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As the son of a career military man I have traveled throughout the U.S. been in Europe and out in the Pacific. As a result, I have experienced a variety of cultures and sub-cultures and importantly for this book, a variety of school systems. Beginning with Kindergarten I changed schools 12 times.
While serving my own tour of duty in the military I developed my interest in education when I became responsible for On the Job Training of direct duty assigned personnel. This sometimes required I do things like teach how to read a ruler.
As an education major at Northern Arizona University, I became aware of the educational reform movement and began my quest for personal excellence and a theme that would unite the curriculum and make sense of it. Perhaps I started this a little too soon, after all, until you master the skills of coloring inside the lines anything else is just scribbling.
During the six years I taught in private special education schools and two years spent as a substitute teacher I was shocked and dismayed at the conditions I was expected to teach under and the chaos of the curriculum. Because of this and believing that a person who cannot regulate his or her own life (divorce/child custody) is not fit for a position of public responsibility I quit the profession.
As part of my efforts to provide my students with the best education possible, I have had reason to investigate the history of the educational reform movement. The chapter titled The Failure of Educational Reform is the results of that study.
In Accounting for Learning, I present the practical application of what I have learned and reasoned from that study. This consists of two forms, a combined format for the teachers grade and lesson plan books that is correlated with a similar revision of the students commutative record and school curriculum guide. Together they comprise a complete instructional planning and record system that enhances and accelerates student learning, increases teacher efficiency and meets the needs of No Child Left Behind.
In The Articulation of Instruction, I provide sample curriculums for the user to build upon and produce their own living curriculum.
As the first of two volumes composing A Curriculum of Unquestionable Value and Lasting Relevance, Assuring Learning can stand alone. Its focus is not on methods; it severs no social or political ends. Its concern is for the articulation of instruction and the accounting for and of learning. My purpose is to present to teachers a straightforward plan for the continuity of learning and instruction that can be personalized quickly and at little expense to situation specific needs on different levels ranging from use in a home school to providing national standards. My intention is to provide a continuous rather than ridged format to guide and assist in the planning of group and individual learning experiences. What I am presenting is a simple task analysis of learning written in behavioral terms. For these reasons, I do not consider myself an educational reformer but a conservator.
Name Anthony Waskie
Topics General George G. Meade and his N.J. Lighthouses
Payment None Travel  
Address 2345 E. Dauphin St; Philadelphia, PA 19125
Phone 215-204-5452 Email andy.waskie@temple.edu Website  
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Civil War Era Historian. Professor at Temple University. Historian at Grand Army of the Republic Museum & Library, Philadelphia. Member of Board of Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia; Gettysburg Battlefield Preservation Association. Founding member: Civil War History Consortium of Philadelphia; Union League of Philadelphia; Co-Director of Civil War & Emancipation Studies at Temple (CWEST). Founder & President of the General Meade Society of Philadelphia. Member of the New Jersey Civil War History Association. Pennsylvania Commonwealth Speaker on General Meade; Philadelphia and the Civil War. Researcher; author, lecturer on history related topics. related web sites http//isc.temple.edu/awaskie www.garmuslib.org www.generalmeadesociety.org
Name William Van Natta
Topics Family Genealogy, Using technology to save family history's and the History of the Vannatta's a Dutch family in America since 1654.
Payment Negotiable Travel 50 miles
Address 311 Kelly dr Branchburg, NJ 08853
Phone 908-295-9021 Email bsv131@yahoo.com Website  
Book(s) Will the real William Van Natta please stand up! $10 with $5 of the proceeds donated to the Historical Society participating.
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William Van Natta is a Entrepreneur and Genealogist. He has 31 years of Business experience and recently got the Genealogy Bug. He has amassed a very large family tree of the Van Etten to Vannatta line. He has documented the notables in a 35 minute Documentary which he made from his Computer. And presently is available to Historical Societies to give presentations on how to save family stories and history. William values Historical Societies for which he has learned much of his family's history. For this he wishes to help in their endeavors to save other family histories. William is a member of the Hackettstown Historical Society,Sussex County Historical Society,Warren County Historical Society and also a Trustee at the Jacobus Vanderveer House in Bedminster, NJ.
Name Gordon Thomas Ward
Topics Live Music Performances, Lectures, and Assemblies for Schools, Historical Societies, and Other Community Groups.
  “Story Songs of History”: Presented in brilliant detail, Mr. Ward uses a behind the music format combining enchanting anecdotes, vocals, and a multi-instrumental accompaniment to transport listeners on a captivating journey through many time periods and historic events.
  “Welcome to the Past”: A blend of music and lecture about the local history of Somerset/Morris/Hunterdon Counties including the Lenape, the NJ Encampment at Jockey Hollow during the Revolutionary War, farming, industry, and the “landed gentry.”
  “Rediscovering the Lewis and Clark Trail”: This engaging program draws from the Mr. Ward's book “Life on the Shoulder” and details his entire 1,800 mile journey by canoe and bicycle along the Missouri, Clearwater, Snake, and Columbia Rivers and by foot over the Bitterroot Mountains.
  “Historic Haunts”: This popular program delivers a rich mix of factual history and the sound investigation of ghostly phenomena in NJ, including New Jersey's connection to “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
Payment $300 half day, $450 full day Travel Almost anywhere
Address P.O. Box 226, Pottersville, NJ 07979
Phone 908-295-2391 Email gordonthomasward@gmail.com Website www.gordonthomasward.com
Book(s) Music CD “Welcome to the Past:” $10.00
  Book, “Life on the Shoulder: Rediscovery and Inspiration along the Lewis and Clark Trail,” Lucky Press, $16.50.
  Book, “A Bit of Earth:” This book discusses the relationship of history and a sense of place. History Press, $19.99.
  Book, “Ghosts of Central Jersey:” History Press, $19.99.
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Complete information can be found on my website www.gordonthomasward.com.
Gordon Thomas Ward is a nationally recognized writer, singer-songwriter, and presenter, and a member of local and state historical societies. A lifelong artist and teacher, Mr. Wards works have included songs, books, essays, and poetry, and he's no stranger to newspapers, magazines, radio, and television. He has worked as a ministry programs director for a church, a history teacher in the classroom, and as a group transformation facilitator in the experiential education field where he designed and facilitated team building programs for twenty-two years. Clients have ranged from education groups in international conference settings to major corporations, government groups, and community groups.
His CD “Welcome to the Past” contains thirteen, original, acoustic songs in a folk rock style. Gordon is the author of “Life on the Shoulder: Rediscovery and Inspiration along the Lewis and Clark Trail,” a book of original poetry entitled “Windows,” a timeless meditation on the meaning of childhood's link to history entitled “A Bit of Earth,” which brings the author back to the land where he spent his childhood with echoes of Wordsworth and Thoreau. Mr. Ward's many years of experience with the collection of forensic-based evidence to both dismiss and support claims of hauntings, especially in historic locations, led to his book “Ghosts of Central Jersey.” His most recently published book “Tracing Infinity” is more spiritual in nature and deals with sensing and experiencing the divine in the world around us.
Name Maureen K. Wlodarczyk
Topics Genealogy and family history research; Irish history and roots; DNA testing for genealogical purposes
Payment Negotiable Travel 50 miles
Address Central New Jersey
Phone 908-616-5821 Email maureenwlodarczyk@gmail.com Website www.past-forward.com
Book(s) Past-Forward: A Three-Decade and Three-Thousand-Mile Journey Home (Outskirts Press)
  Young & Wicked: The Death of a Wayward Girl (UltraMedia Publishing)
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Maureen Wlodarczyk is an admitted and unrepentant history and genealogy addict. She is an officer and genealogical researcher with the Flannery Clan organization based in Dublin, Ireland and is a member of the Irish American Writers and Artists organization, the Genealogical Society of New Jersey and the Hudson County Genealogical Society. Maureen has helped many people research and discover their own family history and ancestral roots and offers her genealogical services to the public upon request. She is a frequent speaker on topics of genealogy research, New Jersey history, writing your own family history and self-publishing how-to.
Maureen has a blog (http://www.past-forward.com/blog) with additional genealogical and historical stories. She writes a genealogy column for Garden State Legacy magazine (History & Mystery: Perfect Together) and is a contributing writer with the genealogy e-magazine Irish Lives Remembered.
Maureen is the author of four books, each of those focusing on 19th and early 20th century life in New Jersey. The first, “Past-Forward: A Three-Decade and Three-Thousand-Mile Journey Home” is the story of her 30-year search for her beloved grandmother’s Irish roots and the discovery of nearly 200 years of family history in Ireland and America. The second, “Young & Wicked: The Death of a Wayward Girl,” is the true story of a young, star-crossed criminal couple who lived in Jersey City in the late 1800s and later fled to the Bowery where one of them met a violent death and the other, a second cousin of Maureen’s great-grandmother, was accused of the murder. Her third book, “Canary in a Cage: The Smith-Bennett Murder Case” is historical fiction based on the true story of a sensational 1878 New Jersey murder and the multiple trials that followed when a Monmouth County farmer’s daughter was accused of killing her Jersey City police officer husband. Maureen’s newest book, celebrating New Jersey’s 350th anniversary, is “Jersey! Then . . . Again,” a collection of 36 short stories about authentic New Jersey people and events spanning from the early 1800s through the early 1900s.
Name Joseph Wroblewski
Topics Casimir Pulaski: Campaigns in the Delaware Valley
  The Affair at Egg Harbor: Massacre of the Pulaski Legion
  Thaddeuz Kosciuszko: Hero of Two Revolutions
  Operations of the Queen's Rangers in New Jersey
  Brevet Brigadier General Joseph Karge: New Jersey's Uhlan
Payment Negotiable Travel NJ; Eastern PA
Address Hamilton Township (Mercer County), NJ
Phone 609-587-9640 Email jorobo45@optonline.net Website None
Book(s) None
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Dr. Wroblewski was born in Trenton, NJ, attended Notre Dame High School, received a BA in Social Studies from Trenton State College (The College of New Jersey) in 1967; received a MA in Social Studies also from Trenton State (1972) and attained a Doctorate in Education from Temple University, 1987. Along with his college degrees Dr. Wroblewski was also certified as a Social Studies Teacher in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania along with administrative certification as a Supervisor of Social Studies and a Secondary Principal.
In his professional career, upon graduating from Trenton State, Dr. Wroblewski entered the United States Peace Corps and was sent to Western Samoa as a Social Studies Teacher at Chanel College (1968-69). Upon returning to New Jersey after his Peace Corps Service he taught Social Studies at Notre Dame H.S. from 1970 through 1974. In 1974 he was employed by the School District of Philadelphia in the Office of Research and Evaluation until 1992 where upon he returned to the classroom as a Social Studies Teacher at the School District of Philadelphia's S. A. Douglas High School as a faculty member in their dropout prevention alternative program.
Dr. Wroblewski retired from the School District of Philadelphia in 2002 and returned to the Trenton area and at the present resides in Hamilton Township. For three years Dr. Wroblewski served as a volunteer educational consultant with Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area; and is presently a member of the New Jersey Historical Commission's NJ350 Committee planning for the observance of the 350th Anniversary of the founding of New Jersey
Name Clifford Zink
Topics The Roebling Legacy, one of New Jersey's great stories and a chronicle of America's industrial age: the Roebling family's saga of building the Brooklyn Bridge; the phenomenal growth of the John A. Roebling Son's Company in Trenton manufacturing products that helped shape modern life; building the great cables on the George Washington and Golden Gate Bridges; creating the Mercer, "America's first sports car," and the model company town of Roebling, N.J.; the adaptation of Roebling mills for new uses in Trenton; and the new Roebling Museum.
Payment Negotiable Travel Open
Address Princeton, NJ
Phone 609.439.7700 Email cwzink@gmail.com Website www.cwzink.com
Book(s) The Roebling Legacy, Princeton Landmark Publications, $25.
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Clifford Zink is an historian and preservation consultant based in Princeton, N.J. He received the 2012 New Jersey Authors Award in popular non-fiction from the N.J. Studies Academic Alliance for his book, The Roebling Legacy. In 2011 he received the John A. Roebling Award from the Society for Industrial Archaeology's Roebling Chapter for an outstanding contribution to documenting or preserving the industrial heritage of the greater New York-New Jersey area.
Mr. Zink specializes in architectural, industrial, engineering, and landscape history. He has served as consulting curator at the Roebling Museum, and wrote and directed its orientation film, Roebling Stories. His other books include: Natural Beauty: Somerset County Parks, which received an Agency Showcase Award from the N.J. Parks & Recreation Association; The Monmouth County Park System: The First Fifty Years; The Hackensack Water Works; and Spanning the Industrial Age: The John A. Roebling's Sons Company, Trenton, N.J.
Name John Zinn
Topics Early Baseball in New Jersey (1855-1870); The Thirty-third New Jersey Civil War Regiment; Other New Jersey Civil War topics
Payment None Travel Pretty much the entire state - the further from North Jersey, some payment for travel expenses would be helpful
Phone 973-857-1028 Email jzinn84@comcast.net Website www.zinnbooks.com
Book(s) The Mutinous Regiment: The Thirty-third New Jersey in the Civil War
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Chairman of the Board of The New Jersey Historical Society. Chair of the New Jersey Civil War 150th Anniversary Committee. website - www.zinnbooks.com has full biographical information
Name Melissa Ziobro
Topics The history of Fort Monmouth, NJ's military history; the evolution of communications-electronics, etc.
Payment None Travel Negotiable
Address 532 Montgomery Ave, Toms River, NJ 08757
Phone 732 532 6322 Email melissa.ziobro@hotmail.com Website  
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EDUCATION: Master of Arts in United States History, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey; Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey
• Historian, March 2004 to present
U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Life Cycle Management Command, Fort Monmouth, New Jersey
• Adjunct Professor, September 2007 to May 2009
Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey
• Museum Intern, January 2003 to June 2003
Fort Hancock Museum, Sandy Hook, New Jersey
“A National ‘Black Brain Center’ Nestled in Post-WWII NJ,” 25th Annual New Jersey History Conference, Trenton, NJ, November 2008.
“’The Simple Headquarters of a Grant or Lee Were Gone Forever:’ Gender Integration as an Exigency of Modern Warfare,” 5th International Peace History Society Conference, Georgian Court College, NJ, October 2007.
“Team Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance in Southwest Asia,” Conference of Army Historians, Arlington, VA, August 2007.
• “’Pollyanna’ Perseveres: An Analysis of the Coping Mechanisms Employed By Women Integrating Into the U.S. Army during WWII,” 9th Annual Women’s History Conference, Sarah Lawrence College, NY, March 2007.
“’Skirted Soldiers’ Get the Message Through: An Analysis of the Gender Integration of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, World War II,” 15th Annual Women and Society Conference, Marist College, NY, November 2006.
• “Fort Monmouth, NJ: From Signal to CECOM LCMC,” in Social Science Docket, publication date TBD.
• “The Communications-Electronics Command Life Cycle Management Command tied to Signal Corps,” in Army Communicator, June 2010 Vol. 35 No. 2.
• “Fort Monmouth, New Jersey,” in On Point: The Journal of Army History, Spring 2009 Vol. 14 No. 4.
“AMC CG’s family, fort past, connected,” in Spectra, February 2009 Issue 2.
• “This Manifest Indignity: Hollywood’s Portrayal of the Gender Integration of the Armed Forces in the World War II Era,” in Performing Difference: Representations of the 'Other' in Film and Theater, University Press of America: 2008.
• “William Blair,” in Christopher Sterling, ed., Military Communications from Ancient Times to the 21st Century,” Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2008.
I have also published several dozen articles in the Fort Monmouth newspaper, the Monmouth Message (printed circulation: 9,000 copies), the Aberdeen Proving Ground newspaper, the APG News (printed circulation: 8,900 copies), and the Fort Gordon newspaper, the Signal (printed circulation: 14,000 copies).
AWARDS include the U.S. Army CECOM Command Sergeant Major’s Coin for Excellence; Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; U.S. Army Commander’s Coin for Excellence; First Place, U.S. Army Keith L. Ware journalism competition; and the Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service.