Historians

  • Jay Jorgensen is President and co-founder of the Robert E. Lee Fellowship, and an experienced tour guide of American Revolutionary War sites and Civil War battlefields. He is the author of many articles on the Revolution and several books on the Civil War including Gettysburg’s Bloody Wheatfield.

  • KEITH KEHLBECK is Executive Director of Distinguished Restaurants of North America and is a writer with extensive experience in marketing, speechwriting, annual reports, communications and market analysis, and historic preservation. He is the author of Gone to God: A Civil War Family’s Ultimate Sacrifice. He is currently researching a large collection of letters home from a Doughboy in France.

  • LTC Lee F. Kichen, USA-Ret is a retired Armor officer who served in command and staff positions in Armor, Armored Cavalry and Mechanized Infantry units.  He has served on the faculties of  Slippery Rock University and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff  College.  He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the United States Air Force Air War College.

  • STEVEN W. KNOTT -  Retired U. S. Navy Captain Knott is currently assigned to the U. S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he teaches military history, theater strategy, and campaign formulation.  In 2009, he was awarded the Admiral William F. Halsey Chair of Naval Studies to recognize his superior academic contributions to the college. His other awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (seven awards), as well as several unit and operational awards.

  • George Kranz is a middle and high school teacher and a guest speaker to various high school  classes on the subject of World War I. Previously he was a Florida parole and probation officer working primarily with youthful offenders. His interest in World War I was sparked by the discovery of an old chest in the attic of a relative's house that contained a treasure trove of items owned by a WWI veteran who had served on the Western Front. Since then, he has been collecting WWI memorabilia including original U.S. uniforms, metals and equipment, and original and reproduction German uniforms, metals and equipment.  

  • Bob Krick, retired Chief Historian at Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania National Military Park, is widely regarded as the leading authority on the Army of Northern Virginia. He is the author of many books including Stonewall Jackson at Cedar Mountain; Conquering the Valley: Stonewall Jackson at Port Republic; The Smoothbore Volley That Doomed the Confederacy: The Death of Stonewall Jackson and Other Chapters on The Army of Northern Virginia; and most recently Civil War Weather in Virginia.

  • Gary Kross is a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide and one of the most popular tour leaders of the battle of Gettysburg. A leading tactical authority on the battle, he has authored the annual Gettysburg issue of Blue & Gray Magazine for many years, and serves as that magazine’s associate editor.

  • Robert J. Laplander is the leading authority on the ‘Lost Battalion’ of the 77th Division and the author of Finding the Lost Battalion: Beyond the Rumors, Myths and Legend of America’s Famous WW1 Epic. He is featured in the television event The Great War; a 6-hour, 3-part record of America’s contributions in WW1 presented as part of the American Experience series for PBS in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of the war. Laplander has provided professional development lectures for the US Army to both the old 77th Regional Readiness Command and the 78th (Training) Division and is a partner in the US WW1 Centennial Commission, managing both Doughboy MIA, a site which tracks all missing US service personnel from the war, and The Lost Battalion portions of the Commission’s web presence. He is also the author of The True Story of the Wooden Horse, an account of the POW escape from Stalag Luft III during World War II.

  • John R. Maass is a historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. and an adjunct professor of history at Norwich University. He is the author of North Carolina and the French and Indian War: the Spreading Flames of War; Defending a New Nation, 1783-1811 (U.S. Army Center of Military History);  The Road to Yorktown; and most recently, George Washington's Virginia.

     

  • Dana MacBean is a leading authority on the 1864 Valley Campaign and is the co-author of A Shenandoah Sketchbook: James E. Taylor Draws the Valley. He recently retired as the exhibit coordinator of the Marine Corps Museum at Parris Island, South Carolina.