Historians

  • Harold Baumgarten is the author of D-Day Survivor: an Autobiography. A riflemen in Company B, 116th Regiment, 29th Infantry Division, he was wounded five times on Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasion. His story inspired Steven Spielberg's opening scene in the film "Saving Private Ryan." Of the 30 men of  the 29th Infantry Division aboard Baumgarten's landing craft on D-Day, only two survived.

  • Ed Bearss, historian emeritus of the National Park Service, is the most well known battlefield guide in America and leads military history tours year-around of the Civil War, American Revolution, American West, and World War I and World War II in Europe. He is acclaimed as one of the stars of Ken Burns's award-winning PBS series, The Civil War. In 1956, he helped locate and raise the ironclad gunboat Cairo, one of the most significant artifacts of the Civil War. He is the author of several books including Hardluck Ironclad: The Sinking and the Salvage of the Cairo; and, with James McPherson, Fields of Honor: Pivotal Battles of the Civil War

  • Brandon H. Beck is retired Professor Emeritus of Shenandoah University & Director of its McCormick Civil War Institute. He is the author of 10 books on the Civil War including The Three Battles of Winchester: A History and Guided Tour; Third Alabama!: The Civil War Memoir of Brigadier General Cullen Andrews Battle, CSA; The Battle of Okolona: Defending the Mississippi Prairie; and Holly Springs, Van Dorn, the CSS Arkansas and the Raid That Saved Vicksburg

  • Sue Boardman is a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide and received the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Guiding in 2005 and 2006. In 2002, Sue joined the Gettysburg Foundation’s Museum Design Team and since 2004 she has served as historical consultant for the Gettysburg Foundation. From 2005 to 2008, she served as research historian for the Gettysburg Cyclorama conservation project, and is the author of The Battle of Gettysburg Cyclorama: A History and Guide. In 2007, she developed the Gettysburg Foundation’s leadership program In the Footsteps of Leaders. She currently serves as Leadership Program Director, and leads tours for corporate, nonprofit and educational groups.

     

  • Nora Brooks retired from Union County, North Carolina Public Schools in July, 2011 after 26 years teaching AP US History, Civil War History and Revolutionary War History. She has been presenting historical drama since 1996. Her historical characters include Mildred Childe Lee, the youngest daughter of General Robert. E. Lee, Anna Morrison Jackson, widow of Stonewall Jackson, and Julia Dent Grant, wife of Ulysses S. Grant.

  • Thomas Y. Cartwright, a leading authority on the Battle of Franklin, is the director of tours for the Lotz House Civil War Museum in Franklin, Tennessee. He is well-known for his television appearances on A & E, Civil War Journal, and the Discovery Channel.

  • Chip Cather, of Winchester, Virginia, is a railroad historian who focuses primarily on the Baltimore & Ohio (B & O) Railroad.

  • MELISSA S. CODY is a textile artist from the Navajo Nation of northern Arizona. Her current work fuses eclectic contemporary themes and traditional Navajo tapestry design. Images of her works have been published in American Craft Magazine, Western Art Collector Magazine, Santa Fe Magazine, Native Peoples Magazine and Southwest Art Magazine/ Her recent career achievements include receiving the “Best of Show” award at the 2014 Autry National Center show in Los Angeles, and “First Place” at the 2013 Southwestern Association for Indian Arts show in Santa Fe.

  • LOLA S. CODY is a widely renowned Navajo weaver and the mother of the accomplished textile artist, Melissa Cody. Lola recently won the “Best of Show” award at Santa Fe’s Indian Market for her 8’ x 13’8” rug woven in a Grey Hills design.

  • Rob Dalessandro is the Deputy Secretary for Headquarters Operations at the American Battle Monuments Commisson, and the Chair of the World War I Centennial Commission. He has served as the Chief of Military History at the United States Army Center of Military History at Fort McNair, Washington, DC, and Director of the Army Heritage Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is the co-author, with Gerald Torrence, of Willing Patriots: Men of Color in the First World War; with Michael G. Knapp, co-author of The Organization and Insignia of the American Expeditionary Force, 1917-1923 and, with Rebecca Dalessandro, co-author of American Lions: the 332nd Infantry Regiment in Italy in World War I.