Montgomery History Speakers Bureau:





Robert (Bob) Bachman received an MA in American Studies from George Washington University, with a thesis titled Takoma Park: 1883-1942 – A Case Study of a Railroad Suburb. His area of specialty is American suburbanization. He’s served as Secretary, Vice President & President of the Board of Directors of Montgomery History and completed a term on the board in 2021; Bob is also the current Chair of the Mary Kay Harper Center for Suburban Studies Steering Committee.



Eric W. Boyle became the Chief Historian for the Department of Energy in March 2016. Boyle earned his Ph.D. in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2007. Before joining the Department of Energy, he served as the Chief Archivist at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, Maryland. He is also a lecturer for University of Maryland’s School of Public Health.


Ralph Buglass, a Montgomery County native and avid history buff, has taught at lifelong learning institutes associated with Johns Hopkins and American universities and Montgomery College. He speaks frequently to community groups, businesses, and other organizations as well as at national conferences. In 2020, with Peerless Rockville, he co-authored Images of America: Rockville, a pictorial history of the city’s 250 years. A retired communications professional, he is a a graduate of Winston Churchill High School and has a B.A. in American history from Cornell and an M.A. in journalism from American University.


Judith (Judy) Christensen has worked as an architectural historian and preservation planner for municipal and county governments, private clients, and historical/preservation groups since 1985. As a contractor, she surveyed and wrote historic site surveys and evaluations for over 400 historical sites in Maryland and Virginia. She has written newspaper articles and other publications on local history and architecture. She was a founder of the Gaithersburg Heritage Museum (now Gaithersburg Community Museum) and is a board member of Montgomery Preservation Inc.  In retirement, she volunteers at the King Barn Dairy MOOseum, on the map and research committee, writing family farm histories as well as speaking and advocating MD preservation.



Tony Cohen is a historian, author, and explorer of the American past.  An early purveyor of experiential history, Cohen launched his career in 1996, walking two months from Maryland to Canada, along a route of the Underground Railroad: the secret route to freedom for American slaves. Cohen’s journey will be chronicled in a documentary, Patrick & Me: A Personal Journey on the Underground Railroad.

Cohen is President of The Menare Foundation, a non-profit preserving the legacy of the Underground Railroad that operates the Button Farm Living History Center, a farm depicting 1850s plantation life in Maryland. 2019 marks the 25th anniversary of Cohen’s book, The Underground Railroad in Montgomery County: A History and Driving Guide, a 40 page monograph published by The Montgomery County Historical Society in 1994. This seminal work was the first comprehensive study of the Underground Railroad in Maryland, and the Greater Washington Metropolitan area, and one that has sparked ongoing scholarship and interpretation within our county’s history, tourism and preservation sectors.




Emily Correll is a former reference librarian with a Bachelors in History from Birmingham-Southern College and an MSLS and an MA in History from the University of North Carolina. She was the School Program Coordinator for the Montgomery County Historical Society from 1994-2010 and was instrumental in getting Montgomery County History Day started.  She still volunteers with the Montgomery History and, like her lecture subject Dora Higgins, is a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Rockville.  She also tutors with Literacy Council.





Katie Dishman has been the corporate archivist at Marriott International since December 2015. Prior to moving to Maryland, she was an archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration in Chicago.  She was also a corporate archivist at General Mills, Anheuser-Busch, and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.  She has a Master of Arts in Public History and a Master of Library and Information Science and is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists.



Jane Griffith Evans lives on Fairview Farm in the Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve. She and her family lived in Laytonsville from 1981–1990, where she served on the Town Council. She taught middle school in Worcester County, MD. She went to help a 4-H and Youth Program in Swaziland, Africa, and then spent another six years as a 4-H and Youth Educator with the Maryland Extension Service in Howard County. She helped organize the Archives Room in 1990 and Laytonsville Historical Center in 1996, serving as its first president. Jane is a 4-H volunteer leader and a member of the Montgomery County Farm Bureau.


Donna Evers is president and broker of Evers & Co. Real Estate and has more than 30 years of experience in the Washington metro area housing market. A self-described “house and history addict,” Donna writes frequently about historic properties and neighborhood development for Washington Life magazine and the Georgetowner. She has co-hosted her own radio show on WMET-1160 AM and appears regularly on local television and radio programs to discuss trends in local real estate. Donna’s passion for wine led her to open Twin Oaks Tavern Winery in Bluemont, Virginia: the 23rd property she has renovated with her husband Bob. With a BA in English Literature from the University of Michigan and an MA in English from the University of California at Irvine, Donna has grown her real estate business to more than 80 seasoned agents, selling the area’s finest properties since 1985.


JEANNE GARTNER                                                                                                           

Jeanne T. Gartner is a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge, was her grandfather. She served in The United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. for 30 years before retiring in July 2006. She was the recipient of the 2016 Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in blog and book format. You can read more on her blog here


Author Barbara Glickman has been an avid and active member of the DC gardening community for many years and is a member of the Acorn Garden Club and Great Falls Gardeners. Her extensive travels have taken her to gardens around the country and the world. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Franklin and Marshall College, a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan, and an MBA in Marketing from George Washington University. She has presented her book to numerous garden clubs, rotary clubs, and libraries. She worked in health care administration for twenty years and has lived in the Washington area for over thirty years.


SARAH HEDLUND                                                                                                     

Sarah Hedlund holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland with a specialization in archives and digital curation. She joined the staff at Montgomery History in the fall of 2016 as Archivist for the Montgomery County Archives, later adding the title of Librarian and Archivist for the Jane C. Sween Research Library and Special Collections in 2017. She has worked as a contract archivist for Ellis Conservation and the Town of Glen Echo, and before that worked as a graduate assistant archivist for the University of Maryland, and at the Archives Center in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Previously, acting as both archivist and researcher, she authored a 75th-anniversary commemorative history of the Kalamazoo Junior Symphony Orchestra in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Sarah moved to Rockville, Maryland in 2015, having worked in Michigan for 20 years as a professional violinist and music teacher.



Clarence Hickey is an interpretive docent with the Montgomery History’s Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine in Rockville, MD, and a re-enactor with the Speakers Bureau. He portrays historic Rockville physician Dr. Edward E. Stonestreet, who practiced medicine for 51 years (1852-1903) and was a Civil War Surgeon with the U. S. Army. Clarence’s living history portrayals, some in first person Chautauqua format, discuss the Doctor’s life and times, medical education, medical practice, and Civil War service; 19th-century medicine; and Civil War medicine and its effects on civilian medical practice. The Chautauqua format includes a first-person appearance and presentation by Dr. Stonestreet (in 19th-century attire), question and answer by the doctor in the 1800s, and question and answer by Clarence, stepping out of character. The performance draws from Clarence’s book Send For the Doctor: The Life and times of Dr. Edward E. Stonestreet, published by the Montgomery County Historical Society in 2009.


Don Housley retired in July 2005, after 36 years teaching U.S. history and serving the last 25 years of his teaching career as chairman of the Social Studies Department at Wheaton High School in Montgomery County, Maryland. Currently, he volunteers in the Office of Archaeology for Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (Montgomery County). Mr. Housley also serves as president of the Mid-Potomac Chapter of the Archeological Society of Maryland and secretary of the Montgomery County Civil War Round Table.


Jim Johnston is a lawyer, writer, and lecturer in Bethesda.  He has been published in the New York Times, Washington PostWhite House History Magazine, Howard University Law Journal, Maryland History Magazine, and many others. He has written four books: The Recollections of Margaret Cabell Brown Loughborough, A Southern Woman’s Memories of Richmond, VA, and Washington, DC, during the Civil War (Hamilton Books, 2009); From Slave Ship to Harvard, Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family (Fordham University, Press 2012); The War Story of Harold Johnston (Amazon, 2017); and, Murder, Inc.,The CIA under John F. Kennedy (University of Nebraska Press, 2020). 


Patrick Lacefield is a Civil War reenactor who shares songs and stories from the War Between the States, wearing both blue and gray, accompanying himself on guitar. His maternal great-great-grandfather served in the Arkansas State Legislature during “independence” and his sons fought with the Arkansas cavalry. On his father’s side, Patrick’s ancestors served in the Tennessee and Kentucky infantries. He participated in the filming of the motion picture Gods & Generals, portraying a soldier from the 20th Maine Regiment. He is a native of Arkansas who grew up in Missouri. Patrick served as Montgomery County Director of Public Information and spokesman for County Executive Ike Leggett for 12 years, in addition to working as Press Secretary and Speechwriter for Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California, and as National Director of Democratic Socialists of America.




Steve LaRocque has been active as a performer, director, and playwright in the greater Washington, DC, area since 1994. He has appeared as an actor in more than a dozen productions at Silver Spring Stage and has had eleven of his one-act plays produced there. He is also a charter member of the Quotidian Theatre Company of Bethesda and has appeared in more than twenty Quotidian productions. A retired Navy officer, he served 29 years on active duty.


Karen Yaffe Lottes is a historian and museum educator. She worked for many years as Education Director for the Montgomery County Historical Society and is currently a museum consultant. She has developed site-specific and county-wide local history programs, including “In Search of Ghosts,” one of the first history-based Halloween programs in the Washington, D.C. area. In Search of Maryland Ghosts: Montgomery County is Karen’s first book, although she has published extensively on the history of Montgomery County, MD in MCHS publications as well as in local newspapers. She lives in historic Washington Grove, MD with her family and several furry companions.



Kathie Mack has called Montgomery County home since 1975. She loves history, knitting, and the performing arts. When she gets up on stage herself these days, it is usually to sing in nursing homes.


Julianne Mangin is an independent researcher, writer, family historian, and cemetery preservation advocate. She is a retired librarian who worked as a website developer at the Library of Congress from 1998 to 2011. Prior to that, she worked at the National Agricultural Library from 1984 to 1997. She holds a Masters degree in Library Science from Catholic University. In 2018, Ms. Mangin was a volunteer for the Montgomery County Cemetery Inventory Revisited, for which she performed the survey for Aspin Hill Memorial Park, formerly known as Aspin Hill Pet Cemetery. She continues to advocate for the preservation of the century-old cemetery by researching, writing, and maintaining a blog called, “Pet Cemetery Stories.”





Claire McDonald is a former Federal executive. She earned her Master of Library and Information Sciences from the University of Maryland in 2017. She is the Town Archivist for Garrett Park, MD and a volunteer librarian at Montgomery History’s Jane C. Sween Research Library. Claire has been a family historian for over 30 years. Her company, Out of the Attic Family Archives Consultants, LLC specializes in helping families preserve and protect their family treasures for future generations.



Eileen McGuckian is an historian, author, and recognized leader in historic preservation at the local, regional, and state levels. A founder and past president of Peerless Rockville, her 2001 book, Rockville: Portrait of a City, chronicles the history of her adopted home town. Other publications include The Sesquicentennial of Rockville: Local Government at 150 Years (2010) and narratives about the Rockville Pike, County churches and cemeteries, and Rockville in the 1920s. Her experience in history and preservation spans four decades with Rockville and County historic commissions, the Maryland Historical Trust, and nonprofits such as Montgomery Preservation, Peerless Rockville, Coalition to Protect MD Burial Sites, and Higgins Cemetery Association. Eileen’s current passion focuses on historic burial sites.



Ms. Lorraine Dutcher Minor has been researching her family for over 25 years. She is past president of the Genealogical Society of the Montgomery County Historical Society, has served as chair of the Education Committee, and is currently Co-Program Chair. She completed the National Genealogical Society home study course and several Family History courses from Brigham Young University and attended the National Institute on Genealogical Research. She teaches classes and speaks locally on basic genealogical subjects, and as a volunteer for the Washington DC Family History Center in Kensington, MD, she leads the Beginners Special Interest Group. Concurrently, she is researching her ancestors from Maine, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Lithuania, and Poland and helping her husband with research in Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia.


An amateur geologist and mineral collector, Jeff is an expert on the mineralogy and mining history of Montgomery County.


Jill Newmark is a historian who works for the National Library of Medicine at NIH.


A native of Montgomery County, William Offutt is a retired public school and Montgomery College teacher. He is the author of Bethesda: A Social History and A History of Montgomery County as well as numerous articles for local newspapers and for Montgomery History. He and his wife live in Bethesda.





Robert (Bob) Plumb is a resident of Montgomery County and a long-time member of Montgomery History’s Speakers Bureau. After a career with GE and Fannie Mae, he wrote Your Brother in Arms: A Union Soldier’s Odyssey. Published by the University of Missouri Press in 2011, it was released in paperback format in 2013.  His second book, The Better Angels: Five Women Who Changed Civil War America, was released in March 2020 by Potomac Press, a division of the University of Nebraska Press.  His writing has also appeared in the Montgomery County Story, the Washington Post, and the Washington Post Magazine.  He holds a BA in history from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an MA from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. From 2014 to 2017 and in 2019 he studied writing in summer residence at Yale. He is a member of Montgomery County Civil War Round Table, The Civil War Round Table of the District of Columbia, and the Society of Civil War Historians.


Dorothy Pugh has had a lifelong interest in history which she was able to turn from hobby to vocation when she volunteered for many years at the Montgomery County Historical Society’s Library and Archives as an assistant librarian and researcher. She has researched and written extensively about the history of Montgomery County, MD. Her article “Ghost Stories of Montgomery County,” published in the Montgomery County Story, led her to the realization that most paranormal happenings can be tied into the history of a house or place, thus creating an intriguing story.


Candace Ridington has an M.A. in English and American Literature and taught at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa, and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is the author of RUBICON, a treatment of the love affair between Emily Dickinson’s brother Austin, and Mabel Todd, who completed the first editions of Dickinson’s poetry in the 1890’s. She has taught Elder Hostels on Emily Dickinson. Candace’s focus now lies in dramatic presentations of selected female characters. She writes the scripts and performs each role as well. Characters include Emily Dickinson, Louisa May Alcott, Olivia Twain, Clara Schumann, and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Candace has also created a dramatic presentation about the Underground Railroad featuring dramatic, cameo-like glimpses of people, both anonymous and known, who were involved. This includes Louisa May Alcott who also served as a nurse at the Georgetown Union Hotel Hospital during the Civil War. Candace plays each role.



Steve Roberts has been a journalist for more than 50 years, covering some of the major events of his time, from the antiwar movement and student revolts of the 1960s and 1970s to President Reagan’s historic trip to Moscow in 1988, to twelve presidential election campaigns. Steve graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude in 1964, then spent the next 25 years with the New York Times. Steve and his late wife, TV journalist Cokie Roberts, wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column, and they published a book together titled From This Day Forward. Steve also writes a bi-monthly column, “Hometown,” for Bethesda Magazine, and as a life-long baseball fan, he reviews sports books for the Washington Post. As a broadcaster, Steve appears regularly as a political analyst on the ABC radio network and is a substitute host on NPR’s Diane Rehm show. Since 1997, Steve has been the Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, where he has taught for the last 25 years.



Ms. Rosenvold began her foray into Civil War History after watching the movie Gettysburg to spot some friends who were extras. Her interest in history was piqued when she didn’t recognize several of the main characters and she has studied 19th Century American history ever since.  Ms. Rosenvold has a Masters of History with a Civil War concentration, specializing in Clara Barton and Lt. General James Longstreet’s lives and roles during the Civil War.  She has volunteered at Antietam National Battlefield, led the staff of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in operating the Pry House Field Hospital Museum, and managed that museum’s project of developing and opening Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office in Washington D.C.  Ms. Rosenvold has conducted living history camps, portrayed Clara Barton on the Discovery Channel’s Civil War 360, hosted two episodes of American Artifacts on CSPAN-3 American History, and given many programs on several different aspects of the Civil War.  As a Clara Barton/Civil War scholar, Ms. Rosenvold offers lectures, guided tours, PowerPoint presentations, and first-person portrayals (in period dress).  




Susan Cooke Soderberg is a public historian and free-lance writer living in Germantown, Maryland. She has a BA in Art History from the College of William and Mary and an MA in American Studies from George Washington University. She is retired as a historian with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and has written several books on state and local history, as well as numerous scholarly articles. She was a researcher and consultant for the Emmy Award winning documentary, “Life in a War Zone: Montgomery County in the Civil War,” produced by Heritage Montgomery. Currently, Susan is president of the Germantown Historical Society, an advisor for the King Barn Dairy Mooseum, a Commissioner on the Maryland Military Monuments Commission, and is working on a biography of Josiah Henson, one of the models for Uncle Tom in the famous book, who was enslaved in Montgomery County.




Mark Thorne is the Program Manager for the Woodlawn Museum at Woodlawn Cultural Park, and responsible for the development and delivery of public interpretive programming focusing on the historic site.  He is the former Director of Visitor Services for National Children’s Museum (NCM).  His museum career began in 1985 when he joined NCM as a youth intern serving as an Exhibit Educator in the museum exhibits.  Throughout his years at NCM, Mark held various positions such as Director of Museum Operations directly overseeing the development and management of all museum public programs and staff. As Director of Guest Services, he oversaw all earned revenue sources including box office, reservations, commissions, and event rentals.  In the position, Director of the Museum Without Walls, he developed and directed all community and school outreach programs, and serves as part of the team responsible for securing government funding for the new museum.  Mr. Thorne, a native Washingtonian, attended Norfolk State University, and completed his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of the District Columbia. He is also a National Association of Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide.




Judith (Judy) Welles is a writer and former journalist who has authored local history books about the area in which she lives including Cabin John: Legends and Life of an Uncommon Place and Lilly Stone.  She also wrote a worklife e-book for Kindle, Get a Life, Try This!  Judy was media relations manager for PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM and a speechwriter for U.S. Cabinet members.  She has chaired Montgomery County’s Commission on Aging, been a Board member of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Trust for the national park, and is a speaker for Montgomery History. 





Ms. Whitley researches African American history in Montgomery County, MD and the greater Washington, DC area.  She is co-author of “Tracing a Bethesda, Maryland, African American Community and its Contested Cemetery” (Washington History, Fall 2017) and has spoken at the DC History Conference on the survivors of the failed Île à Vache colonization effort (2018) and on Georgetown’s little-known itinerant preacher Rev. Jacob Ross (2019).   





Anne Burke Wolf grew up in Laytonsville, graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park. She taught in Montgomery County Public Schools and at Howard Community College. In the 1970s, she worked with Sugarloaf Regional Trails, researching homes and families for the Inventory of Historic Sites. Anne helped write two previous Laytonsville history booklets and has an abiding interest in learning more about people who once lived in Laytonsville. She is an active member of the Laytonsville Historical Society, creating websites and a database, and documenting past residents of the town.