GSL Speaker's Bureau

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Double Trouble Village, Pinelands Industries, Lost Towns of the Pine Barrens

Andrew Anderson is the historian at Double Trouble Village State Historic Site at Double Trouble State Park. He is available to speak to your Adult, College, and High School groups most weeks Tuesday through Saturday mornings and early afternoons. Additional days and times may be arranged based on availability.

NEED: Screen, Electric Outlet

FEE: $50

TRAVEL: 25 miles of Bayville, NJ

VIRTUAL: Yes

Women’s Suffrage and the 19th Amendment, Prohibition, World War I, the Spanish Influenza, Newspapers and Genealogy, and the History of US Presidential Elections

Brian Armstrong is an independent historian, researcher and author who frequently lectures throughout the state on local history. He was born in Flemington New Jersey and grew up in Stanton, New Jersey. Armstrong received a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from American University in Washington, D.C. He was President of the South River Historical & Preservation Society for ten years and is now the Vice-President, Central Region, for the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey.

In 2015, Armstrong co-wrote the Arcadia Book, South River, with Stephanie Bartz and Nan Whitehead. On August 19, 2019, his book, The Franklin Park Tragedy. A Forgotten Story of Racial Injustice in New Jersey,” was published by The History Press. Armstrong frequently writes articles for the Bar Harbor Historical Society in Bar Harbor, Maine where his mother’s family lived for several hundred years. He is currently working on a book about the resort town for release in 2021. 

NEED: Screen, Electric Outlet, Table

BOOKS: The Franklin Park Tragedy. A Forgotten Story of Racial Injustice in New Jersey,” was published by The History Press. ($20)

FEE: $100

TRAVEL: 100 miles of Mount Laurel, NJ

VIRTUAL:

New Jersey Methodists, camp meeting revivalism, religious resorts on the Jersey Shore, immigrant colonies in the Pine Barrens, historical Bayshore resorts.

Samuel Avery-Quinn is a University College Senior Lecturer at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. He is the author of Cities of Zion: The Holiness Movement and Methodist Camp Meeting Towns in America and multiple articles on American religious history and historical landscapes. Having grown up in Vineland, his New Jersey research has included work in Methodist camp meeting communities, speculative towns in the Pine Barrens, early 20th-century immigrant settlements, and the resort histories of Bayshore communities. 

NEED: None, table for laptop

FEE: Negotiable 

TRAVEL: Throughout NJ

VIRTUAL: Yes

The Delaware and Raritan Canal; Celebrate New Jersey; New Jersey: The Invention State; Alice Paul and the Fight for Suffrage and New Jersey Originals

A lifelong resident of the Garden State, 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. Linda has written two books on the D&R Canal and three children's picture books: "Bridgetenders Boy," "Hidden New Jersey," and "Alice Paul: Champion of Women’s Suffrage." She has also written "A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone" and "New Jersey Originals."

NEED: Screen, Lectern, Electric Outlet, Table for displaying books and table for the projector/computer

BOOKS: 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); New Jersey Originals: Technological Marvels, Odd Inventions, Trailblazing Characters & More (History Press, 2018); Alice Paul ($15)

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: 100 miles of Somerville, NJ

VIRTUAL: No

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"

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.”

NEED: Screen, Lectern, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: "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; "A History of Submarine Warfare Along the Jersey Shore" $21.99

FEE: $150-$300

TRAVEL: 25 miles of Wall Twp., NJ

VIRTUAL: Yes

“'Wicked Woodbridge & Crazy Carteret': Vice in New Jersey’s Oldest Township,” “The Wreck of The Broker” (1951 Woodbridge train wreck), “'To Cast a Freedman’s Vote': How a handyman from Perth Amboy made Civil Rights history." (Thomas Mundy Peterson), “'Made By My Own Hand': Exploring New Jersey's folk grave marker tradition" (with Stephanie M. Hoagland), “18 Pence,” “A Nervous Fever,” “Pinpointing Parker’s Print Shop” (James Parker)

Gordon Bond is an independent historian, author, and lecturer. He is the founder of www.GardenStateLegacy.com. He also runs his own freelance graphic designs business, Gordon Bond Designs.

NEED: Screen, Lectern, Electric Outlet, Table

BOOKS: ";To Cast a Freedman's Vote': Thomas Mundy Peterson at the Intersection of Suffrage, Citizenship, and Civil Rights" $20, "Man Failure: The Story of New Jersey's Deadliest Train Wreck" $30, "Hidden History of North Jersey," Hidden History of South Jersey," "Wicked Woodbridge & Crazy Carteret," $20, "James Parker: A Printer on the Eve of Revolution" $30

FEE: $150-$300

TRAVEL: 50 miles of Newark, NJ

VIRTUAL: Yes

"Burlington County: Rooted in Agriculture"; "Cambell's Soup Company: More Than Just Soup"; "Robert Mill, architect"; "Ellis Parker and the Lindbergh Kidnapping"; "Burlington County and the American Revolution"; "Margaret Morris: Diary of 1776-1777"; "Samuel Leeds Allen: Inventor"; "The Jersey Devil"; "Victorian Holiday Traditions"

Marisa Bozarth has a B.A. in history from Lebanon Valley College, PA. She is the museum curator of history for Burlington County and her topics focus mainly on Burlington County, although many appeal to a wider New Jersey audience.

NEED: Screen, Electrical Outlet

FEE: None

TRAVEL: 50 miles of Mount Holly, NJ

VIRTUAL: Yes

Celebrating the Jersey Shore, New Jersey Shipwrecks, Great Storms of the Jersey Shore, "Josephine" (Photographs and reading from "Josephine: from Washington Working Girl to Fisherman's Wife. A Memoir 1917-1959)

Margaret Thomas Buchholz published The Beachcomber Newspaper on Long Beach Island for 35 years, then sold it to Jersey Shore Newsmagazines and continued as editor. This allowed her time to write. She is co-author of "Great Storms of the Jersey Shore" (1993 & 2019), which The New York Times called "one of the best documented compendiums ever published of what it meant to be there." She edited "Shore Chronicles: Diaries and Travelers' Tales from the Jersey Shore 1764-1955" (1999), "a real eye-opener," as described by Booklist. She is the author of "New Jersey Shipwrecks: 350 Years in the Graveyard of the Atlantic" (2004), which won the Foundation for Coast Guard History award, "a brilliantly researched chronicle of shipwrecks," Island Album: Photographs and Memories of Long Beach Island" (2006), "Josephine: From Washington Working Girl to Fisherman's Wife" (2012), "a luminous biography of a spirited woman and her journey through the first half of the 20th century.” She also edited the anthologies "Long Beach Island Reader” (2015) and "Long Beach Island Chronicles” (2018), (all Down The Shore Publishing). Her essays about the Jersey Shore have also been included in the anthologies "Four Seasons at the Shore" and "Shore Stories."

NEED: Projector, Screen, Lectern, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: See biography

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: Throughout NJ

VIRTUAL: Yes. “Great Storms of the Jersey Shore” available together with Scott Mazzella, who updated book in 2019.

The German American Bund, Nazi Spy in NJ, Nazi Spy in Bergen County, Nazi Spy in Glen Rock, NJ, WWII 

James Calaski completed his undergraduate studies at William Paterson University of New Jersey in 1998. He served with the Glen Rock New Jersey Police Department for over twenty years, receiving numerous awards and citations. He continued his studies and received a Master of Arts degree in History at William Paterson University of New Jersey in May 2013.

While researching his thesis topic, the German American Bund, he came across documents regarding a resident of Glen Rock named Carl Schiphorst who lived there during the 1930s. He was a leader of the Bergen County Unit of the Bund as well as the target of a 145 page FBI investigation suspecting Schiphorst of being a Nazi agent. For over 5 years, D/Sgt. Calaski has been researching Carl Schiphorst, his investigation, internment, and ultimate repatriation to Germany, a story which illustrates the plight of thousands of German families during WWII. D/Sgt. Calaski first presented his findings to the public in conjunction with the Glen Rock Historical & Preservation Society in April 2015 and has been presenting to Historical Societies, libraries, civic organizations and other groups ever since with very positive reviews. His lecture is always in demand and in 2020 he began presenting virtually due to the pandemic. He is available in person or virtually for groups and also lectures through the Ridgewood Community School, where individuals can register for his class at an individual rate. 

NEED: Projector, Screen, Electric Outlet

FEE: $150-$300

TRAVEL: 50 miles of Wyckoff, NJ, further with expenses

VIRTUAL: Yes

Kate Macy Ladd, Natirar, The Kate Macy Ladd Convalescent Home, Far Hills, NJ

Meryl Carmel is a writer, historian, and nature lover. She was wholly unprepared for the perfect storm that developed when her three lifelong interests collided in 2007, never anticipating that her visit to the Somerset County Park called “Natirar” would lead to ten years of research in pursuit of the little-known story of New Jersey philanthropist Kate Macy Ladd.

The author’s work literally involved finding Kate’s living descendants as well as the descendants of some of her most devoted employees, a quest which took her to many far flung locations. Her travels made it possible to gain access to an array of family photographs, letters, diaries, and memorabilia; she also discovered her own unlikely link to Kate.

An enthusiastic gardener and explorer, Carmel is a former teacher, curriculum specialist, and museum director with degrees from Beloit and Edgewood Colleges in Wisconsin and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her graduate studies emphasized the role of women in our nation’s past. 

NEED: Screen, Lectern, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: "Finding Kate, the Unlikely Journey of 20th Century Healthcare Advocate Kate Macy Ladd"

FEE: $150-$200

TRAVEL: Consider most locations; travel expenses commensurate with distance

VIRTUAL:

Logistics of the Underground Railroad, John Woolman and the Quakers, 35th Regiment of the Union Soldiers, Jack Sherrod, personal family history of famous Union Soldier, Timbuctoo to Timbuctoo and other black settlements, Slavery in the new world

Alvin Q. Corbett, who was born and raised in Wilson, North Carolina, is a historian, educator and lecturer. Corbett holds a bachelor's degree from North Carolina A&T State University and a master's from Stevens Institute of Technology. He served as Vice President of Board of Directors for the Underground Railroad Museum of Burlington County, NJ (2014-2017); has been invited to be a visiting scholar at New Jersey's Rutgers University; is an active member of the Salem and Camden County, NJ Historical Societies; and is a friend of the Peter Mott Underground Railroad Museum of Lawnside, NJ. Corbett also served as Assistant Curator for the Mattye Reed African-American Heritage Museum on the campus of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical (A&T) State University in Greensboro, NC. In 1984, Corbett became one of the first museum digital archivist in the country.

Corbett created, Jack Sherrod LIVES! which is an educational art experience showcasing Jack Sherrod's evolution from a slave, to a Civil War Union soldier, and ultimately, a free landowner in Wayne County, North Carolina. Sherrod descendant, Alvin Corbett, created Jack Sherrod LIVES! to engage the community in African-American history; to honor and preserve Sherrod family heritage; and to share the extraordinary life and legacy of his great-great-grandfather, Jack Sherrod.

Corbett also served as a speaker at Rutgers University' Global Timbuctoo Symposium on the topic of the Logistics of the Underground Railroad.

NEED: Projector, Screen, Lectern, Electric Outlet

FEE: $100-$200

TRAVEL: 100 miles of Eastampton, NJ

VIRTUAL:

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

Dr. David A. Cowell is the former Curator, Zenas Crane homestead, West Caldwell, President, Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association, past-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, Hamburg Antiques Center, President, Assoc. Antiques Dealers of New Jersey.

NEED: Projector, Screen, Lectern, Electric Outlet, two 6 or 8 foot tables for the illustrated lectures

FEE: $150 plus travel

TRAVEL: Throughout New Jersey

VIRTUAL: Yes

History of Athletics (All Sports), History of Education (Colleges/Universities), Catholic New Jersey, Irish New Jersey, French New Jersey, Radio History, etc.

Alan Delozier currently works as University Archivist and Special Collections Education Coordinator - Seton Hall University; Executive Director - New Jersey Catholic Historical Commission; State Historian - New Jersey Ancient Order of Hibernians, and Vice President of the South Orange Historical Preservation Society.


NEED: Screen, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: Seton Hall Pirates - A Basketball History (Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2002) and Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark (Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2011)

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: Open

VIRTUAL: Yes

In Flew Enza: The 1918 Flu Epidemic in Philadelphia and New Jersey

When There Were Witches: An Exploration of the Salem Witch Trials (can include audience participation in a witch examination)

Mickey DiCamillo, president of the Historical Society of Moorestown, is a research librarian and archivist who has served in some of the region's most renown institutions including The Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania's Lippincott Library. He has published reviews in the Journal of Film and History, has written for the Encyclopedia of Philadelphia, and has delivered lectures for audiences large and small. He keeps audiences engaged with a flair for story telling and a focus on the artifacts that help us understand how history is created.

NEED: None

FEE: $150-$250

TRAVEL: 60 miles of Moorestown, NJ

VIRTUAL: Yes

REVOLUTIONARY WAR LECTURES

Offers a series of over 20 lectures focusing on the founding of our country 

The 5 most popular lectures are: 

GEORGE WASHINGTON, NEW JERSEY, AND THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR 

“REMEMBER THE LADIES”: WOMEN DURING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

REMEMBERING THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION Mark Twain once said, “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story”. How do you remember the founding of our country?

LESSER KNOWN HEROES OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

“PAINTING” THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

You can learn more about Joel, his lectures, and where he will be lecturing, on his website (click button below).

Joel Farkas is a graduate of The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) He is a retired business owner and was an officer in The United States Army. He currently is a volunteer docent for The National Park Service at Washington’s Headquarters in Morristown. As a hobby, Joel collects autographs and has original paper, documents, etc signed by many of our country’s founders


NEED: Electrical Outlet

FEE: In-person starting at $150; virtual (Zoom) $100

TRAVEL: 20 miles of Morristown, NJ. Will consider further distances on an individual basis

VIRTUAL: Yes

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.

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."

NEED: Projector, Screen, Lectern, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: 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

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: Anywhere in New Jersey

VIRTUAL:

Lost Amusement Parks of the Jersey Shore; Hidden History of Monmouth County, NJ; Quakers & Slavery in NJ; NJ’s Submarine Inventors: Simon Lake & John Holland; The Morris Family, NJ Founding Family; Slavery Stories from New Jersey; Historians of Monmouth County

Rick Geffken is an author and historian retired from careers in teaching and the computer industry. He has written numerous articles on various aspects of New Jersey history for local newspapers, magazines, historical societies, and newsletters. Rick has presented historical papers at the New Jersey History & Historic Preservation in 2014 and 2015. He has participated in Symposia for groups such as the Navesink Maritime Historical Association, and he has appeared on the New Jersey Cable TV show, Family Historian.

Rick has spoken about New Jersey historical topics – Lost Amusement Parks; Quakers & Slavery in NJ; NJ’s Submarine Inventors: Simon Lake & John Holland; The Morris Family of NJ, Slavery in New Jersey - at dozens of historical societies and libraries. He has been a featured speaker at the Trent House Museum, the Quaker Meeting of Shrewsbury, the Battleground Historical Society, and other organizations. He is a Trustee of the Shrewsbury Historical Society; Past-president and a Trustee of the Jersey Coast Heritage Museum at Sandlass House; and a member of the Monmouth County Historical Association.

Rick is currently heading up a project called the New Jersey Slavery Records Index under the auspices of Monmouth University of West Long Branch, NJ.


NEED: Screen, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: The Story of Shrewsbury Revisited, 1965-2015; Lost Amusement Parks of the North Jersey Shore; Highland Beach, Gateway to the Jersey Shore, 1888-1962; Hidden History of Monmouth County; To Preserve & Protect, profiles of people who recorded the history and heritage of Monmouth County, New Jersey. Stories of Slavery in New Jersey.

FEE: $200 (includes signed books)

TRAVEL: within NJ (post-pandemic)

VIRTUAL: Yes

NEW JERSEY in the CIVIL WAR: Fiction versus Fact. Did New Jersey back the Confederates?

NEW JERSEY'S MODERN GOVERNORS: The Track Record since 1945. Were the governors a bunch of nonenities?

THE AMERICAN COWBOY: Myth versus Reality. Was the cowboy a superman?

VIOLENCE on the FRONTIER: Reputation versus Reality. Was the frontier West torn by violence?  

William Gillette 


NEED: None

BOOKS: None

FEE: $150-250

TRAVEL: N.J.; + mileage

VIRTUAL:

Progressive era education, esp manual training programs, Bordentown Manual Training and Industrial School, John Dewey and W.E.B. Du Bois: Icons of Education, NJ historian Marion Thompson Wright, Grimkes in New Jersey (under development)

Connie Goddard., Ph.D., is a journalist and historian of education with a particular interest in progressive era reforms. She has taught in colleges, schools, and prisons in Chicago, New Jersey, and Romania. Currently, she is writing about three distinctive manual training schools circa 1900 in Chicago, New Jersey, and North Dakota. 

NEED: Projector, Screen

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: 50 - 60 miles depending

VIRTUAL:

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

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.

NEED: Electric Outlet

BOOKS: Owning New Jersey: Historic Tales of War, Property Disputes & the Pursuit of Happiness. The History Press $20.00

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: Everywhere; Expenses Negotiable

VIRTUAL:

New Jersey in Economic History; Garden Fantasy: Myths of New Jersey's Past; Black New Jersey, 1650-present

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.

NEED: None

BOOKS: The Path to Freedom, Suburban Erasure, The American Economy, Planning Future Cities, Industrial Segregation, and Cities Imagined

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: 100 miles of West Long Branch, NJ

VIRTUAL:

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.

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.

NEED: Projector, Screen, Lectern

BOOKS: 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.

FEE: $300

TRAVEL: anywhere in New Jersey or New York

VIRTUAL:

The Lehigh Valley Railroad Across New Jersey, The Railroad Navy of New York Harbor

In 2009, Ralph A. Heiss wrote the book, "The Lehigh Valley Railroad Across New Jersey", published by Arcadia under their "Images of America" series. Ralph frequently gives presentations at various Prototype Railroad Modeling conventions across the Northeast, and is currently working on a second book about the Lehigh Valley Railroad in New Jersey.


NEED: Screen, Lectern, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: The Lehigh Valley Railroad Across New Jersey, Arcadia Publishing, 2009

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: 30 miles of South Plainfield, NJ

VIRTUAL: Yes

The 1913 Paterson Silk Strike

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.

NEED: None

BOOKS: Around Haledon: Immigration and Labor by Angelica M. Santomauro and Evelyn M. Hershey, Arcadia Publishing, 2008.

FEE: $100

TRAVEL: New Jersey & Metropolitan Area

VIRTUAL: Yes

New Jersey skiing history

Elizabeth Holste is the ski historian for the state. The history of alpine skiing goes back to the early 1900s in the state. There were ski areas throughout the entire state.

NEED: None

BOOKS: "Skiing In New Jersey?"

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: 20 miles of Randolph, NJ

VIRTUAL:

More than 40 Lectures: Monmouth, Mays Landing., Freehold, Highanld Pk Lib., Oaktree. Research for online clients. Articles for Monmouth. County. Gene. Soc. and Pres. thereof. Lectures: Strategic Plan'g., Genealogy and Its Handmaiden, Brainstorming, Evidence, Armchair Detecting, Genograms., Finding Sources, etc.

Bea Denman Howley

NEED: Projector, Screen, Electric Outlet

FEE: $100

TRAVEL: Up to 35-40 miles from Highland Park, NJ

VIRTUAL:

History of Picatinny Arsenal; Archaeology of Picatinny Arsenal; How to do Archaeology; Archaeology Basics; Cultural Resource Management; Historic Preservation; Section 106 Basics

Jason J. Huggan, R.P.A. is the Env. Affairs Division Chief and Garrison Archaeologist for Picatinny Arsenal. He works within the Directorate of Public Works. He has been with Picatinny for 13+ years and prior to this held similar Cultural Resource positions at Fort Lee, VA and Fort Irwin, CA. Mr. Huggan has his Master's degree in Archaeology and Heritage from the University of Leicester, UK and has worked in over 15 states across the continental U.S. with over 15 yrs of experience in cultural resource management.

NEED: Screen, Lectern, Electric Outlet

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: 50-75 miles of East Bangor, PA

VIRTUAL: Would consider it with enough notification to prepare virtual presentation

I have two ready to go presentations for students and adult groups - "Flags over the Colonies" where we look at the progression of flags used during the colonial period using physical flags. The other is on Colonial Cartography, where I show via powerpoint the progression of mapping north America and New Jersey during from the 1500s through the early Republic period.

Ira Jersey is an American Revolution enthusiast and armature historian focusing on the New Netherlands and the War for Independence. He is the Chair of the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area, a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Holland Society of New York, the Association of Blauvelt Descendants, and the Sons of the Revolution. He is also a soccer fanatic and will always discuss that passion with whomever asks.

NEED: Electric Outlet

FEE: None

TRAVEL: 30 miles of Lawrenceville, NJ

VIRTUAL:

Local and regional history of African Americans in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delmarva Peninsula (Civil Rights, Civil War, Education, Labor, Politics, and Popular culture)

Dr. James E. Johnson specializes in The U.S. Civil War, African American Studies, and Social Studies Teacher Education. A native Philadelphian and former industrial worker and community activist, Dr. Johnson is currently an adjunct professor at Rowan University in the Department of Language, Literature, and Sociocultural Education.

NEED: None

FEE: $300

TRAVEL: 50 miles of Clayton, NJ

VIRTUAL:

"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."

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.

NEED: Screen

FEE: $250-$450

TRAVEL: Negotiable; Tri-State Region

VIRTUAL:

The New Jersey Cranberry, , Blueberries- New Jersey's Wonder Fruit , The Jersey Tomato , Apples - Dumplings, Cider and Jack , Corn - Simply A-Maize-ing , Fun & Food Along the Jersey Shore , The New Jersey Greenwich Tea Party , Strawberry Fields in New Jersey , NJ's Agricultural Inventions, Innovations, and Discoveries

Judith Krall-Russo presents her food and tea history programs in a storytelling fashion. Whether she is speaking about the Jersey tomato, blueberries or her beloved beverage, tea, Judith weaves humor and anecdotes throughout the presentation. The audience is unaware that they are learning and leave feeling entertained and inspired.

Many of her listeners comment on how they are motivated to pull out those long forgotten cook books, discover new recipes, or purchase a new teapot in order to brew some loose leaf tea for close friends.

Judith Krall-Russo, historian, educator, speaker, and cook continually adds to her program list and enriches her programs through attending classes, research, and interviewing experts in their field.

NEED: Lectern, Electric Outlet

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: 65 miles of Fords, NJ

VIRTUAL:

1920 Tea Rooms (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)

Maureen O'Connor 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

NEED: Projector Screen, Electric Outlet

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: Anywhere in NJ; Travel Expenses Depending on Distance

VIRTUAL: No

Ten Moral Moments in the Life of Abraham Lincoln, The Rise of Lincoln, John & Abigail Adams: A Love Story, FDR & The Women who Loved Him, The Crossing: 1776. 10 Days That Saved America, The Life & Murder of President James A. Garfield, The Real Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962: The day we all almost died, Gettysburg: 15 Decisions That doomed the confederacy.

Glenn LeBoeuf has been a History/Biography lecturer since 1984. References gladly provided. Specializing in Lincoln & Washington's character.

Spoke to J&J, Prudential & Morgan Stanley execs. 


NEED: None

FEE: $250

TRAVEL: 50 miles of Lincroft, NJ , greater negotiable

VIRTUAL: Yes

BRIDGE BUILDER IN PETTICOATS: Emily Warren Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge

NOBODY OWNS THE SKY: Fascinating Stories of Forgotten Female Aviators

A W.A.S.P. TAKES WING: The Women Airforce Pilots of World War II

"CRAZY DAISY" Juliette Gordon Low, Intrepid Founder of the Girl Scouts

MOTHERS OF INVENTION

REMEMBERING THE LADIES: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates

PICKETS & PERSISTENCE, WAR SERVICE & WOMAN SUFFRAGE

RECLAIMING OUR VOICE: New Jersey's Overlooked Role in the Fight for Woman Suffrage

OUR RIGHTS TOO! Overlooked Women of Color in the Fight for Women's Rights

Carol Simon Levin is an author, storyteller and program presenter based in Bedminster N.J.

Whether she is impersonating the woman who helped to build the Brooklyn Bridge, pioneering women in aviation, the founder of the Girl Scouts, or the many tireless champions who fought for women's rights in this country, or engaging families in a rousing Halloween Hootenanny of songs and stories, Carol always strives to create exciting programs that engage her audience's interests and expand their horizons.

She specializes in women's history and the history of technology and is the author of Remembering the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates and the Garden State Legacy article "Reclaiming Our Voice: NJ's Role in the Fight for Woman Suffrage."

She is happy to bring her presentations to libraries, senior centers, historical societies, and women's clubs as well as schools, camps and other venues. For more information, check out her website tellingherstories.com. Additional programs and resources for children and teachers can be found at: www.carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com

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.

NEED: Screen or TV Monitor, Electrical Outlet

BOOKS: "Remembering the Ladies: From Patriots in Petticoats to Presidential Candidates" and the Garden State Legacy article "Reclaiming Our Voice: NJ's Role in the Fight for Woman Suffrage" -- links to both at www.tellingherstories.com

FEE: $125 plus travel

TRAVEL: Flexible, Depending on Distance

VIRTUAL: Yes

Neighborhood Nukes- The Nike Missile Program and New Jersey's Cold War Legacy

Richard Lewis is a photographer since the 1970's and recently have been photographing abandoned historic sites including cold war Nike missile batteries around the state of New Jersey.

NEED: Screen, Electric Outlet

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: 50 miles of Medford, NJ

VIRTUAL:

RCA Labs and 6 Inventions that Changed the World; David Sarnoff, RCA, and the American Century; Inventive Spaces at RCA; A Life History of Television; What We Assumed about Wireless before Titanic; How Frankenstein went Electric; A Scientist under Suspicion: Vladimir Zworykin, the FBI, and the Politics of High Technology

Dr. Alexander Magoun, outreach historian for the IEEE History Center in Piscataway, is one of the world's leading authorities on the histories of RCA and consumer electronics, from phonographs to televisions. Starting with his dissertation on the evolution of the phonograph record and continuing with ten years of directing the David Sarnoff Library in Princeton, he has researched their significant connections to the Garden State, and the many connections between New Jersey and U.S. and global history. Dr. Magoun has written and lectured extensively for a wide range of audiences, from middle school students and retirees to engineers and scholars, in ten states and eleven countries.

NEED: Projector, Screen, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: "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

FEE: $150-$250

TRAVEL: Negotiable

VIRTUAL: Yes

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.

Hassan (Sam) Mahmoud is 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. 

NEED: Screen, Electric Outlet

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: 40 miles; Travel Expenses Required

VIRTUAL:

Revolutionary War Events - (Talks customized for actions in your specific area.) Presentations based on books include:

"Revolutionary New Jersey" - Towns and Crossroads of the American Revolution. Covers role of over 100 NJ towns in the War;  "Searching for Private Yankee Doodle" - Describes the lives of common soldiers in the American Revolution; "The Forgotten Revolution" – The stories of many overlooked and forgotten Revolutionary War sites in the Northeast US; "The War Man" – True story of a soldier who fought from Quebec to Yorktown during the entire 8 years of the War;"The Portrait of an American Family" Study tracing family back 19 generations in Europe and America; Finding and Tracing Revolutionary War Soldiers (Lecture - Genealogical research)

Robert A. Mayers's books are based on research of obscure original sources overlooked earlier historians. As a descendant of Patriot soldier, Corporal John Allison, the Revolution is personal to Bob Mayers. He is an active member of several 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 hardcore history fans. His audiences often comment that they regret that during their school days they tuned out history as distant and dull.

NEED: Screen, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: Visit him at wwww.revolutionarydetective.com and amazon.com/author/bobmayers

FEE: $150-$300

TRAVEL: Unlimited with fee adjustment

VIRTUAL: No

"Bog Iron and Baseball, The Brooklyn Bridegrooms at Allaire 1898" other topics about Baseball at the Jersey Shore

Russ McIver

NEED: Projector, Screen, Electric Outlet

FEE: $100

TRAVEL: NJ, NYC, PA

VIRTUAL:

A New Jersey physician in the Kingdom of Siam; New Jersey radiology: the first decade; Take oxygen and die, take arsenic and live (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; 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; Poliomyelitis: Newark 1916: "The Grip of Terror"; Subjects for medical groups also available

Sandra Moss M.D., M.A. (History) is 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, 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, Newark Historical Society, libraries, community centers, veterans' groups, senior living facilities. My research is focused on the history of medicine in New Jersey and is aimed at both physician audiences and general audiences. I have contributed close to forty articles, chapters, and reviews to a wide variety of medical and historical journals, including several New Jersey history publications, encyclopedias, and Choice Magazine (a resource for academic librarians). I am past president of the Medical History Society of New Jersey and of the American Osler Society. All my presentations include PowerPoint illustrations.

NEED: Projector, Screen, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: I have published four books on the history of medicine in New Jersey (all available at Amazon):

The Country Practitioner: Ellis P. Townsend's Brave Little Medical Journal

Edgar Holden, M.D., of Newark: Provincial Physician on a National Stage

Poliomyelitis: Newark 1916:"The Grip of Terror"

FEE: None

TRAVEL: 20 miles of Metuchen NJ

VIRTUAL:

"Greetings from Morristown," based on my Arcadia Images of America Postcard Book, Morristown

Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika has had a lifelong love of history. During her career working in museums she has worked at a number of Morristown's historic sites including Acorn Hall, Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Historic Speedwell and Macculloch Hall Historical Museum and Gardens. She currently works as the Grants Coordinator at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit.

NEED: Projector, Screen, Electric Outlet

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: 75 miles of Mount Arlington, NJ

VIRTUAL:

Practical Preservation of Photographs, Document Digitization and ephemera for eternity, Early History of Fairleigh Dickinson University, History of Rutherford New Jersey, History of Photography, Bee Keeping for Preservation and Profit, Practicing Historic Preservation in your community, Recording, Writing and Publishing History, How to Write and Publish History Books with Arcadia and History Press, General Robert Erskine: Mine Master and Mapmaker of the American Revolution, Walking tours of Paterson, Rutherford and New York City, How to Develop an Exciting Walking Tour, Architect Edgar I. Williams his brother the poet Dr. William Carlos Williams and their hometown of Rutherford, NJ, The Assistant Photographer and Commercial Photography as a Career, The Revolutionary War in Southern Bergen County...or not so much, Why and How to Get Involved with Habitat For Humanity.

William “Billy” Neumann is a commercial photographer with 25+ years of competitive experience in NYC while teaching as an Adjunct Professor of Photography with School of Visual Arts. For five years he was chairman of Rutherford’s Historic Preservation Commission, is currently Chair of the Bergen County Historic Preservation Advisory Board, a PNJ Board Member and graduated Drew University’s Historic Preservation Certification Program as a CHP.

Billy is a popular speaker on many topics regarding history, historic preservation, photography, preserving photographic materials, writing and Bergen County. Billy has authored two history books and administers 20 Facebook sites. He produces walking tours through Paterson, NYC and his historic hometown of Rutherford where has lived all his life on the remnant of a large 135 yr old farm 8 miles west of Times Square. He laughs way too much maybe because he sleeps outside on a porch from March to November. Neumann is a 30 yr volunteer for Habitat For Humanity, advocates for public libraries, public radio and arts organizations. He admits to keeping bees and being a love slave to a certain Golden Retriever. His religious believe is that Motown is the ultimate American musical genre and there should be a Tambourine Hall of Fame

NEED: Projector Screen, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: Rutherford: A Brief History (The History Press) , Rutherford: Images of America (Arcadia Pubs.), Revolutionary Bergen County, The Road to Independence (The History Press) 

FEE: $100-$300 negotiable!

TRAVEL: 100 miles of Rutherford, NJ

VIRTUAL: Yes

“Picturing” Your Research—Finding, Procuring, and Preserving Images; Organizing (and Staying Sane with) Your Genealogy; I’ve Clicked on a Million Leaves—Now What?

Michelle D. Novak is President of [MND] (www.mnd.nyc), a NYC Brand-Design agency and a graduate of RISD and BU Genealogical Research. She is a Trustee of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey; the Genealogical Society of Bergen County, NJ; and is Editor of the GSBC’s national award-winning newsletter, "The Archivist."

NEED: Projector, Screen, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: A Great Conveniency, A Maritime History of the Passaic River, Hackensack River, and Newark Bay

FEE: None

TRAVEL: Northern New Jersey, Central New Jersey, Southern New York State

VIRTUAL:

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

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. 

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 New Jersey Center for Water Science and Technology where he serves as the analytical chemist and the Go-To person for all historical questions.

NEED: Projector, Screen, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: A Great Conveniency, A Maritime History of the Passaic River,  Hackensack River, and Newark Bay. 

Rails to Sterling Forest: The History of the Erie's Greenwood Lake Division. 

FEE: None

TRAVEL: Northern New Jersey, Central New Jersey, Southern New York State

VIRTUAL: Yes

Discover the extraordinary number of native Indian gifts to the world: Why genealogists are shocked that Europeans were not as advanced as Western Hemisphere Indians; To be educated in the 21st century the Doctrine of Discovery is essential 

Known as the1492guy, Dave Patterson always leaves his audiences inspired to take action about the "Myths of 1492." Through extensive research he has compiled and organized the real truths of 1492 in a way that is unforgettable to his listeners and readers.

Dave takes you on a fascinating journey delivered with passion – the same type of conviction that caught his attention in 1999 after first hearing Ray Fadden’s message. Dave was driving his car listening to the radio and it was during that moment listening to Ray that something changed in Dave. Since then, his attitude has never been the same.

He loves and cares for his subject, as well as the people he speaks and writes for; that’s why his communication is clear, fun, and practical.

Get ready to go back in time and gain new perspectives on today’s civilization. The experience will have you looking at the amazing pre-Columbian narratives from a positive point of view, as Dave fills in critical knowledge gaps left by our mainstream education. Without going back to a point of origin and correcting many misconceptions, the problem-solving and complaint processes of today may be doomed to keep repeating the same errors and flawed solutions.

Are you prepared to go beyond guilt and pity?

When you are ready for a deeper understanding, you will finally learn why our approaches haven’t worked. Realize exciting new truths awaiting you in the1492guy, Dave Patterson’s offering, “500 Years of Lies: Discover the Extraordinary Number of Native Indian Gifts to the World.”

NEED: Projector, Screen, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: 500 Years of Lies is $15 U.S.

FEE: $1,800

TRAVEL: Currently no limit. Negotiable.

VIRTUAL:

"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 occasion.

Donald Johnstone Peck is an 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-professionally, 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

NEED: Lectern

BOOKS: "An American Journey of Hope," "A Spirited War," "General Joseph Bloomfield - A Revolutionary Life," all published by American History Press

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: 50 miles of Fords, NJ; further with expenses

VIRTUAL: No

Colonial Tinsmithing, Genealogy Research in New Jersey

George Pierson is a 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.

NEED: Projector, Screen, Electric Outlet

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: 50 miles of Scotch Plains, NJ

VIRTUAL:

Historic Preservation - Best Practices, Downtown Revitalization, National Historic Landmarks in NJ, Local Historic Preservation Laws and Ordinances, Protection of Historic Sites, HP Commission Training, Municipal, State, & Federal Preservation Laws, Advocacy Strategies, Public Outreach, Thomas Paine, Crossroad of the American Revolution National Heritage Area in NJ, How to get Grants and Fundraising, Restoration Planning and Procedures, Archaeological Methods and Procedures

Peter Primavera has worked professionally in NJ history, preservation, and archaeology for 42 years. Directed over 3,000 studies and reports. He has conducted research in every NJ County, and most of the municipalities. He founded the National Landmarks Alliance and is on the Nation Board of Preservation Action. He has studied at Penn, Rutgers, and Harvard Universities. He founded the Cultural Resource Consutling Group in 1984, and Peter Primavera Partners in 2010.

NEED: Screen, Lectern, Electric Outlet

FEE: $500

TRAVEL: 250 miles of Summit, NJ

VIRTUAL:

David Brearley: The Most Important Founding Father That We Don't Know.

Tom Pyle

Princeton University AB, American History, 1976

Treasurer, Princeton Battlefield Society

Senior Deacon, Mercer Lodge No. 50, NJ Free & Accepted Masons

Former banker and business executive

NEED: Lectern, Electric Outlet

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: 50 miles of Princeton, NJ

VIRTUAL:

The George Washington Bridge, Poetry in Steel; Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike; Showshoeing Through Sewers (Jersey adventures); The Jews of New Jersey: A Pictorial History

After a career in the diplomatic service Michael Aaron Rockland joined Rutgers as a dean and later the founder and chair of the American Studies Department, where he is a full professor. He is the author of sixteen books and some sixty feature stories for New Jersey Monthly magazine. He has had five Fulbright distinguished lectureships and spoken in some 28 countries abroad and is a  recipient of the Governor Richard J. Hughes Award for "a lifetime of contributions to New Jersey history and culture." 

NEED: Lectern, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: All of my books on New Jersey are available for puchase at my talks. 1) G.W.B. book, $30 2) Turnpike book, $25, 3) Adventure book, $20 4) Jews of New Jersey $25.

FEE: $300 minimum

TRAVEL: 100 of Morristown, NJ

VIRTUAL: Yes

American Civil War Medicine. History of Medicine c. 1860s. Herbal Medicine

Yusuf JP Saleeby, MD is an historical researcher on medicine and surgery during the American Civil War; and also lecture on luminaries in medicine during that time: Drs. Hunter H. McGuire (CSA); Simon Baruch (CSA); P F Porcher (CSA); Jonathan Letterman (US): Alex Hammond (US); others.

Also lectures on Herbal medicine (then and now) and Functional (FxMed) & Integrative Medicine.

NEED: Projector, Screen, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: I have authored a book on Adaptogen Herbs. "Wonder Herbs: A guide to three adaptogens" (Xlibris, 2006)

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: Depends on distance from South Carolina

VIRTUAL: Possibly

19th Century New Jersey Photographers (customized by county or city), 19th Century NJ Women Photographers , The Blues Scene in the Delaware Valley

A complete list of lectures is available on http://saretzky.com/lectures.html 

Gary D. Saretzky, archivist, educator, and photographer, was Archivist of Monmouth County (1994-2019) and Coordinator, Internship Programs, Rutgers-New Brunswick History Department (1994-2016). Saretzky taught the history of photography course at Mercer County Community College (1977-2012) 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 has lectured regularly under the auspices of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities (2003-2020) and other organizations.

NEED: Screen, Lectern Electric Outlet, Enthusiastic audience, any size.

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: New Jersey; Travel Expenses Depending on Distance from Lawrenceville, NJ 

VIRTUAL: Yes

Beyond the Sea: The Life and Times of Bobby Darin presented by the Official Bobby Darin archivist sanctioned by the Bobby Darin Estate

Jimmy Scalia is the official Bobby Darin archivist and works in cooperation with the Bobby Darin estate. As well as cataloguing photographs, artifacts, and the artist's legendary songbook, Scalia continues to preserve Darin's legacy by producing and releasing new material.

He is the re-release producer of The Bobby Darin Milk Shows, co-producer of the albums Aces Back to Back and Songs From Big Sur, and producer of the DVD Seeing is Believing. He has produced the Buddy Greco albums Back to Basics, Absolutely Live and Vegas Live Tonight.

NEED: Electric Outlet

BOOKS: Bobby Darin "Seeing Is Believing" DVD

FEE: $300

TRAVEL: 100 miles of Lodi, NJ

VIRTUAL:

Educational reform: A history that reveals a curriculum of unquestionable value and lasting relevance.

Lee Smith 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.

NEED: Screen, Lectern, Electric Outlet

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: 75 Miles; Travel Expenses Required

VIRTUAL:

Monmouth County, the Bayshore, Twin Lights, Congressional Medal of Honor recipients from Freehold and Highlands, Quest for a lost/stolen Medal of Honor, Prohibition, Highlands, NWS Earle, Atlantic Highlands abortionist, Atlantic Highlands Casino in the Park, Mount Mitchill, the largest draft board in NJ during World War II and its Chairman, a Newark News Reporter

Highlands resident Muriel Smith traveled in RV 10 YEARS VISITED ALL 50 STATES, (returned to NJ as the best of them!) former newspaper editor, award winning journalist in investigative, news and feature writing, Reporter for weekly newspapers for 60 years, member Monmouth County Historical Commission, several historical societies, wrote self-help book for widows after death of spouse. Mother, grandmother, great grandmother, Mount St. Mary's graduate (North Plainfield)  

NEED: Lectern

BOOKS: "Hidden History of Monmouth County" $20.00

"The Reporter and the Draft" $10.00

FEE: Expenses Only

TRAVEL: 75 miles of Albany, NY

VIRTUAL:

Food and history, with an emphasis on wedding food rituals, History of American cook books, History of American dining habits, American dining etiquette, American women's domestic roles.

Claire Stewart graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, and worked as a professional chef for over twenty-five years. She was chef tournant at Rainbow Room, as well as executive sous chef at the Yale Club of New York City. She was executive chef of the Continental Club, and a chef to NYC's first family at Gracie Mansion. Stewart is an associate professor, teaching culinary arts, at New York City College of Technology, City University of New York. 

NEED: Screen, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: As Long as We Both Shall Eat : A History of Wedding Food and Feasts (author) $31.00

Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover's Guide to New York City (contributor) $15.00

We eat What? A Cultural Encyclopedia of Unusual Foods in the U.S. (contributor)  

Consumption and the Literary Cookbook (contributor) 

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: 10 miles

VIRTUAL: Yes

War of 1812 and New Jersey, Embargo of 1807-09, Jewish farmers, anti-immigrant and anti-Irish Catholic political movements in NJ. 1830-1870, and arrival of the Irish and the nativists respond, 1820-52; NJ aid to Ireland during the Great Hunger

Harvey Strum is a professor of history and pol sci at Sage College of Albany 29 years. Given talks on the War of 1812 and anti-Catholic politcal movements at Kean U and at Drivers Museum. Written articles about embargo, War of 1812, NJ in 1790d, and anti-immigrant political movements. Most recent article will appear as chapter 2 in History of Catholicism in NJ. Previous articles on NJ in NJ History, Cape May Magazine, Encyclopedia of NJ History, North Jersey Highlander, Princeton Recollector and Atlantic County History Society Yearbook.

NEED: Lectern

FEE: $100 minimum

TRAVEL: 250 miles of Albany NY

VIRTUAL: Yes

The Lives and Legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright

John Thomas Tassini

Officer USMC - Korea

BA and JD Rutgers

Retired from IBM

Retired from Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

NEED: Lectern

FEE: $75 plus expenses

TRAVEL: 40 miles of Lakewood, NJ

VIRTUAL:

Stranger Stop and Cast an Eye: An Introduction to New Jersey's Historical Burial Grounds; "A Monument to Fallen Royalty": Rediscovering Joseph Bonapartes Point Breeze Estate in Bordentown, New Jersey; Archaeology and the Delaware Indians, a 12,000 year Odyssey; Envisioning New Jersey: A New (Visual) History of the Garden State; "Fever!" The History and Archaeology of the Philadelphia Lazaretto, a Precursor to Ellis Island; Cannons by the Courthouse: Memory, Commemoration and the Material Culture of Conflict in Modern Suburbia

Richard Veit, Ph.D. is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs in the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology at Monmouth University. Rich is a North American historical archaeologist whose research focuses on the Middle Atlantic Region between the late 17th and early 19th centuries. His work focuses on commemoration, symbolism, vernacular architecture, and military sites archaeology. He has authored or co-authored numerous articles and reviews and eight books including Digging New Jersey’s Past: Historical Archaeology in the Garden State (Rutgers Press 2002), New Jersey Cemeteries and Tombstones History in the Landscape (co-authored by Mark Nonestied, Rutgers Press 2008), and New Jersey: A History of the Garden State (co-authored with Maxine Lurie, Rutgers Press 2012). In 2007 he was the recipient of Monmouth University’s distinguished teacher award. He regularly presents on topics relating to historical archaeology and New Jersey history and has been a TED speaker.

NEED: Screen, Electric Outlet

FEE: $200-$300

TRAVEL: 100 miles of South Plainfield, NJ

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Health Care and the Civil Rights Movement; Black Physicians in the Jim Crow South; Black Soldiers in Confederate Prisons; Black POWs in Korea

Tom Ward is an award-winning historian and Assistant Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences at Farmingdale State College-SUNY. A noted authority on issues of race and health care in the American South, he is the author of Black Physicians in the Jim Crow South (2003) and Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and its War on Poverty (2017), along with numerous articles and reviews. His work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the The New York Times and The Atlantic, and he regularly speaks at events throughout the nation. He is currently involved in a book project on Health Care and the Civil Rights Movement.

A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Dr. Ward and now lives in Northport, New York, with his wife and three sons. He received my B.A. in history and political science at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, his M.A. in history at Clemson University, and his PhD in history from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

NEED: Projector, Screen, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: Black Physicians in the Jim Crow South $20

Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and its War on Poverty $35

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: 150 miles of Farmingdale, NY

VIRTUAL:

General George G. Meade and his N.J. Lighthouses

Anthony Waskie 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

NEED: None

FEE: None

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Family Genealogy, Using technology to save family history's and the History of the Vannatta's a Dutch family in America since 1654.

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.

NEED: None

BOOKS: Will the real William Van Natta please stand up! $10 with $5 of the proceeds donated to the Historical Society participating.

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: 50 miles of Branchburg, NJ 

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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.”

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. His second album is expected to be released in the fall of 2017. 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.

NEED: Screen, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: 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, "Tracing Infinity" Engage Faith Press, $18.00.

Book, “Ghosts of Central Jersey:” History Press, $19.99

FEE: $225 90-minute program, $300 half day, $450 full day

TRAVEL: Almost anywhere

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Individual programs are available that focus on the major cultural events of a given year between 1960 and 1974. The presentation for 1960, for example includes the Cold War, Television, Presidential race, African Countries Independence, Civil Rights, Elvis, Ali, The Beatles, The Pill, The Twist and Playboy. Also available is a talk 1980: Jimmy Carter’s Problems, Afghanistan, Iran, Inflation, The Miracle On Ice. 

Other topics include: The Early Days Of Radio; The Early Days Of Television; Title IX, June 23, 1972 (equal access by women to college education); 1919: The World Series Is Fixed; American Territories; The Super Bowl; George Washington in Barbados; Presidential Impact on Sports; Women In Sports; Why America Has Cajun Culture; The Politics Of Sports Business; Football In America; Do Athletes’ Protesting Social Issues Have An Impact On Society; Ted Turner; The Space Race; Baseball In The American Culture, Literature, Song, Movies; How Westchester County, NY Provided A Launching Pad For The Sport of Golf; The Olympics In Europe, 1936 And 1972 And Its Global Non-Sports Impact; Florida: The Beatles Meet Cassius Clay

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Evan Weiner is an award-winning journalist and recognized global expert of the "Politics of Sports Business". He has a daily video podcast called The Politics of Sports Business. In the United States, he has been a radio commentator, TV pundit on MSNBC, and ABC. He is also an author of 11 books and is a frequent college speaker. He has been a regular on BBC radio as well as Talk Sport London and has been quoted in Bolivian and Australian newspapers. From 1988 until 1992, Evan was a member of the Minnesota North Stars radio broadcast team. In 2007, Evan was selected by the United States Department of State to speak at Texas A & M -George Bush Presidential Library to explain how the American government partners with sports addressing 16 hand selected foreign nationals. He won the 2010 Ronald Reagan Media Award from the United States Sports Academy. In 2015, Evan was featured on the documentary, “The Sons of Ben" about the economic fall of Chester, Pennsylvania and how the city thought a soccer team would be a key to economic revival.

NEED: Lectern

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: 50 miles of Mount Vernon, NY

VIRTUAL: Yes

Genealogy and family history research; Irish history and roots; DNA testing for genealogical purposes; Self-Publishing how-to

Maureen Wlodarczyk is an author, columnist, genealogist, speaker and admitted history and genealogy addict. She was selected for 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2020 Excellence-in-Writing awards by the International Society of Family History Writers & Editors (ISFHWE). She is the author of 7 books, each having family history as a pivotal element, including: Scarlet Letter Lives, a National Indie Excellence Award finalist, Birthless: A Tale of Family Lost & Found and her newest, Impostor: A Tale of Identity Lost & Found. Maureen’s writing is informed and inspired by her work in rediscovering true stories of people and events lost to time through her work as a genealogist and history researcher. Maureen has helped many people discover their family history and provides genealogical research services to the public. She is a frequent speaker about a variety of genealogy-related and historical topics. 

NEED: None

BOOKS: Past-Forward: A Three-Decade & Three-Thousand Mile Journey Home; Young & Wicked: The Death of a Wayward Girl; Canary in a Cage: The Smith-Bennett Murder Case; Jersey Then . . . Again; Scarlet Letter Lives; Birthless: A Tale of Family Lost & Found; Impostor: A Tale of Identity Lost & Found. 

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: Negotiable

VIRTUAL: Yes

New Jersey and the War of Independence; 1st and 2nd New Jersey Cavalry, Civil War

Joseph Wroblewski

Doctorate in Education, Retired Social Studies Teacher; volunteer docent Morven Museum, Princeton

NEED: Projector, Screen, Electric Outlet

FEE: None

TRAVEL: 50 miles of Hamilton Township, NJ

VIRTUAL:

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.

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.

NEED: Projector, Screen, Electric Outlet

BOOKS: The Roebling Legacy, Princeton Landmark Publications, $25.

FEE: Negotiable

TRAVEL: Open

VIRTUAL:

Baseball History: Early New Jersey Baseball: 1855 to 1880; Brooklyn Dodgers History; New Jersey and the Civil War; The Collections of the New Jersey Historical Society

Since 2007 John Zinn has been an independent historian with a special interest in baseball history and the Civil War. He holds BA and MBA degrees from Rutgers University. John is the chairman of the board of the New Jersey Historical Society and was the chair of New Jersey's Civil War 150th Anniversary Committee. He is a Vietnam veteran. 

NEED: None

BOOKS: The Mutinous Regiment: The Thirty-Third New Jersey in the Civil War

The Major League Pennant Races of 1916

Ebbets Field: Essays and Memories of Brooklyn's Historic Ballpark

Charles Ebbets: The Man Behind the Dodgers and Brooklyn's Beloved Ballpark

A Cradle of the National Pastime: New Jersey Baseball 1855 to 1880 

FEE: $100-$150 

TRAVEL: Pretty much the entire state - the further from North Jersey, some payment for travel expenses would be helpful

VIRTUAL:

For a complete list of available speaking topics, see here.

 Melissa Ziobro is the Specialist Professor of Public History and the primary point of contact for the public history minor. Her service to the University includes administration of the Monmouth Memories Oral History Program and the Department’s social media and newsletter. She serves as the campus coordinator for the National History Day program, and the faculty advisor for the History and Anthropology Club.

Melissa currently serves as the President of Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region and as the editor for New Jersey Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, a joint venture of the NJ Historical Commission, Rutgers University Libraries, and Monmouth University. She works regularly with public history organizations such as the Ocean County Historical Society, NJ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation, Preservation NJ, InfoAge Science History Learning Center and Museum, Monmouth County Park System, Monmouth County Historical Association, Monmouth County Historical Commission, Middlesex County Office of Culture and Heritage, National Guard Militia Museum of NJ, and more.

She worked as a command historian at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Fort Monmouth, NJ from 2004-2011.

NEED: None; I can provide a complete audio visual presentation if facilities are available/if desired. 

BOOKS: None

FEE: $100-$150

TRAVEL: Negotiable

VIRTUAL: Yes

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