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 six books focusing on aspects of New Jersey history and has written a large number of articles and reviews for GSL. His latest book, "To Cast a Freedman's Vote," tells the story of Perth Amboy's Thomas Mundy Peterson, the first African American to vote under the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1870. He is presently working on a book about the Rev. Hannibal Goodwin's invention of roll photographic film and patent battle with George Eastman's Kodak. He and his wife, architectural historian and conservator Stephanie Hoagland, study New Jersey's folk grave marker tradition.
When he's not researching and writing, he runs his own freelance graphic design business, Gordon Bond Designs. He combines this with his interest in NJ history as the designer of exhibits for Middlesex County Office of Arts and History, the Abraham Staats House in South Bound Brook, and the Historical Association of Woodbridge Township.
Bond is a native of New Jersey, living with his wife and two cats in Newark's historic Forest Hill neighborhood.