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Speakers & Historians Biographies

Virtual Teacher Institute: July 7-10, 2020

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Speakers & Historians:

Garry Adelman

A graduate of Michigan State University and Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Garry Adelman is the award-winning author, co-author or editor of 20 books and 50 Civil War articles. He is the vice president of the Center for Civil War Photography and has been a Licensed Battlefield Guide at Gettysburg for 25 years. He has conceived and drafted the text for wayside exhibits at ten battlefields, has given thousands of battlefield tours at more than 60 sites and has lectured at hundreds of locations across the country including the National Archives, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. He has appeared as a speaker on the BBC, C-Span, Pennsylvania Cable Network, American Heroes Channel, and on HISTORY where he was a chief consultant and talking head on the Emmy Award-winning show Gettysburg (2011) and Blood and Glory: The Civil War in Color (2015).  He works full time as Chief Historian at the American Battlefield Trust.


Kara Boehne-Miele

Kara Boehne-Miele is the High School Librarian and Library Department Chairperson for the Cumberland Valley School District in Mechanicsburg, PA.  She collaborates with teachers from all content areas on research projects and methods for incorporating technology into instruction and student experiences. Prior to her tenure in librarianship, Kara served as a middle and high school music teacher and marching band instructor in Frederick County, Maryland.  She is a 2001 graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Music Education, received her Master of Library Science with a concentration in School Library Media from the University of Maryland in 2007, and recently earned a graduate certificate in Online Teaching and Learning from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.  She is currently pursuing her certification as a school administrator.


Dan Davis

Dan Davis is a native of Fredericksburg, VA where his love for the Civil War began on childhood trips to local battlefields. He is a graduate of Longwood University with a bachelor’s degree in Public History. Dan has worked as a Ranger/Historian at Appomattox Court House National Historical Site and the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. He is the author or co-author of numerous books and articles on the Civil War and is a regular contributor to Emerging Civil War. He currently resides in Fredericksburg.


Adam Foreman 

Adam Foreman is the Student Programs Specialist at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Adam received his master’s degree from the University of Louisiana, participated in the Public History Institute at Yale University, and completed a Museum Studies certificate from Northwestern University. He has worked with The National Trust for Historic Preservation, The Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, and served as Director of Melrose Plantation. Adam has been with The National WWII Museum since 2015, first managing public programs now as state coordinator of the National History Day contests in Louisiana, director of both Normandy Academy and Student Leadership Academy, and manager of Get in the Scrap! the Museum’s national service learning project.  Currently, Adam is a member of the national education committee for AASLH on the semiquincentennial of the American Revolution.


Dr. Chris Mackowski

Chris Mackowski, Ph.D., is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of Emerging Civil War. He is the series editor of the award-winning Emerging Civil War Series, published by Savas Beatie, and the “Engaging the Civil War” Series, published in partnership with Southern Illinois University Press. Chris is a professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, NY, and historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge, a historic property on the Spotsylvania battlefield in central Virginia. He has also worked as a historian for the National Park Service at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, where he gives tours at four major Civil War battlefields (Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania), as well as at the building where Stonewall Jackson died. Chris has authored or co-authored a dozen books on the Civil War, and his articles have appeared in all the major Civil War magazines. Chris serves on the national advisory board for the Civil War Chaplains Museum in Lynchburg, Virginia.


Javier Martinez 

Javier Martinez is a former Marine Corps Officer, having served 10 years in the Active and Reserve Forces. For the last 15 years he has taught US History, AP US History, and Military History at a rural high school 65 miles west of Chicago. Javier is also a National Trainer for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's Character Development Program (CDP) which uses the stories of our nation's Medal of Honor Recipients to teach youth about what it means to live the Core Values of Courage, Commitment, Citizenship, Sacrifice, Integrity, and Patriotism. The CDP is used in schools across the country in classrooms ranging from Elementary to High School.


Pete Miele

Pete Miele is Chief Operating Officer and Director of Education at Seminary Ridge Museum and a past Instructor in the History/Philosophy Department at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.  In his current position, he designs opportunities for museum visitors and distance learners to engage with the Civil War era and its long shadow.  Prior to his current position, he worked at Seminary Ridge Museum as both Visitor Services and Education Coordinator and Visitor Services Assistant and was employed for two years at Northern Valley Regional High School District in Old Tappan and Demarest, New Jersey.  He is a 2014 graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Arts in Applied History and a 2011 graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey with Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education.


Mia Nagawiecki

Mia Nagawiecki is Vice President for Education at the New-York Historical Society. She oversees all education initiatives at the museum, which serve over 200,000 students and teachers annually through inquiry-driven programs that enliven the teaching and learning of history. She has worked on the development of all N-YHS curriculum guides since 2009, and conceived of and is directing the Women & the American Story project, the first-ever comprehensive U.S. women’s history curriculum website (wams.nyhistory.org). Nagawiecki has designed and led hundreds of workshops, institutes, and credit-bearing courses for K-12 educators in New York and across the nation. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the City University of New York’s MA in Museum Studies program. Nagawiecki holds a BA in history from Barnard College and a Master’s in American studies from Columbia University.


Connor Townsend 

Connor Townsend is the Associate of Audience Development at the American Battlefield Trust. Her work includes the creation of the Trust’s social media content, managing the Trust’s Youth Leadership Team, and organization of the Trust’s annual day of volunteering, Park Day. Townsend is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Community and Public Health. In her previous employment, she was the coordinator of a nationwide peer to peer education intuitive that at its peak was active on 75 college campuses and enrolled 700+ student peer educators.


Adrienne G. Whaley

Adrienne G. Whaley is an educator and history-lover who currently serves as Senior Manager of K-12 Education at the Museum of the American Revolution. Adrienne earned her Bachelor's degree in African American Studies and her Master's in Education, and previously served as Curator of Education and Public Programming at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. She has worked in both art and history museums and loves the potential for objects, artifacts and primary source documents to enrich student learning experiences. She carries her love of history and for uncovering the stories of common people into her spare time as an avid genealogist researching her own family history.


Jake Wynn

Jake Wynn is the Director of Interpretation at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office. He is a 2015 graduate of Hood College, with degrees in history and communications arts. He has formerly worked with Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, the Tourism Council of Frederick County, and the Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area. He writes independently on Pennsylvania history at the Pennsylvania in the Civil War blog and the Wynning History blog. 


Adam E. Zielinski

Is a writer and historian from New Jersey. A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, he has been published with the Journal of the American Revolution and several other historically-based outlets. He spent four years as a special education instructor and helped develop Social Studies content with his district. He has since moved to curriculum and test development and has served as a researcher and writer on various projects with the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia and the American Battlefield Trust. An accomplished musician and a hobbyist cartographer, he spends his free time on Long Beach Island surfing. His first book, a biography on British mapmaker John Hills, is currently finding a publisher.