James Smith first became interested in the Battle of Gettysburg on a family trip at the age of thirteen. Being raised in the state of Pennsylvania, it made it easy to commute to the location several times a year. With each time visited, the passion grew within this young man. Since then, he has become the lead historian of the Jefferson Township Historical Society and the curator of their museum. He spends much of his time researching the genealogy of the citizens of the township and creating a historical description of all its former citizens, while maintaining a strong emphasis on the Civil War in particular.
In his spare time, he collects Civil War artifacts and continues to work on his own genealogy to this day. He enjoys being outdoors, giving lectures at local high schools about the war, and documenting historical occurrences that go on within the township. He is currently working on his second and third books
about the Battle of Gettysburg with Gettysburg Publishing.
Kathryn Porch is a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Department of State. Born and raised in
Florida, Kathryn’s love for the Gettysburg battlefield led her to Gettysburg College where she graduated with a B.A. in
English in 2002. She worked several jobs just out of college but found her way back to Gettysburg as Operations Coordinator for the Gettysburg Foundation, where she was instrumental in the completion of the Museum and Visitor Center. In 2009, Kathryn joined the Department of State and to date has served diplomatic tours in Ghana and Kyrgyzstan.
Mr. Phil Laino is a well respected author and are we glad to have him here at Gettysburg Publishing. Phil brings a vast amount of knowledge about the Battle of Gettysburg in his latest book " The Revised and Expanded Gettysburg Campaign Atlas". Mr. Laino's first edition can be found in most Civil War collections and universities across this country and internationally, as well as many military institutions.
If you want a roadmap of the Gettysburg Campaign then this is the book you need.
Steven Floyd first became interested in Civil War and Gettysburg history while reading National Geographic Magazine centennial articles as a boy. Growing up in California he thought he would never have the opportunity to visit eastern Civil War battlefields or Gettysburg, yet now spends upwards of two weeks on the Gettysburg battlefield yearly. After a 35-year career as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Steve in retirement spends time researching state libraries and archives for information on Gettysburg monuments and state monument commissions, seeking the thrill of discovery of heretofore unknown information. He is a member of various local Civil War roundtables, the Adams Country Historical Society and the National Museum of the Civil War in Harrisburg. Steve lives in Gettysburg.
Sue Boardman, a Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide since 2000, is a two-time recipient of the Superintendent’s
Award for Excellence in Guiding. Beginning in 2004, Sue served as historical consultant for the Gettysburg Foundation
for the new museum project as well as for the massive project to conserve and restore the Gettysburg cyclorama. Sue currently serves as the Leadership Program Director for the Gettysburg Foundation. Her program, In the Footsteps of Leaders has been well-received by corporate, non-profit and educational groups. Sue is a native of Danville, PA and an Honors Graduate from Penn State/Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing. A 23 year career as an ER nurse preceded her career at Gettysburg. Sue served as President of the historic Evergreen Cemetery Association as well as adjunct instructor for Harrisburg Area Community College and Susquehanna University. Her articles have been published in several Civil War journals.
Scott Mingus, a scientist and executive in the global paper industry, holds patents in self-adhesive
postage stamps and bar code labels. The Ohio native graduated from the paper science and engineering program
at Miami University. He was part of the research team that developed the first commercially successful selfadhesive
U.S. postage stamps.
The York, Pa., resident has written twelve Civil War books. His biography of Confederate General
William “Extra Billy” Smith won the 2013 Nathan Bedford Forrest Southern History Award as well as the Dr.
James I Robertson, Jr. Literary Prize, and was nominated for the Virginia Literary Award for Non-Fiction. He
also wrote several articles for Gettysburg Magazine. Scott maintains a blog on the Civil War history of York
County (www.yorkblog.com/cannonball). He received the 2013 Heritage Profile Award from the York County
Heritage Trust for his many contributions to local Civil War history.
He also has written six scenario books on miniature wargaming and was elected to the hobby’s
prestigious Legion of Honor. His great-great-grandfather was a 15-year-old drummer boy for the 51st Ohio
Infantry, and other family members fought in the Army of the Potomac at Antietam and Gettysburg.Type your paragraph here.
Patricia (Pat) Rich was raised in southern Maryland, on the outskirts of the nation’s capital, and just down the road from the Surratt House and Tavern. She developed an early interest in history which would eventually lead to her meeting and marrying her husband, a like-minded individual. Starting with a honeymoon in Gettysburg nearly 30 years ago, they have become regular visitors, spending many hours on the battlefield. It was during these visits that Pat began taking photographs and sharing them in forums and on social media. A graphic designer by trade, she created the Gettysburg Landscapes Calendar (now in its fifth year), showcasing battlefield scenery. Her calendar, photo prints, notecards, and other souvenirs are being sold in shops throughout town, including Gettysburg Publishing and More. Pat loves books, movies, and music, and touring and photographing historical locations. She currently resides in North Point, MD, an area rich in War of 1812 history, with her husband and two furry, feline children.