Speaker’s Bios


Pat joined the Historical Society in 1980 and became a Library Volunteer in 1986. Ten years later, she was hired as a Librarian. She holds a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State, where she was advanced to candidacy for an MBA in Finance. She moved to Maryland in 1977 and began doing professional genealogical research for others. She has since abstracted and published ten volumes of Frederick County Land Records and one volume of Montgomery County Deeds. She also served as editor and publisher of Western Maryland Genealogy, for five years. She is available to assist our library researchers in their local history and genealogy quests and is also a participant in our Speaker’s Bureau.



Bob Bachman received an MA in American Studies from George Washington University.  His thesis was 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 is currently a regular member of the Board as well as the Chair of the Montgomery History 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. He is also a docent at Montgomery Parks’ restored Kingsley schoolhouse in Clarksburg’s Little Bennett Park. A graduate of Winston Churchill High School, he has a B.A. in American history from Cornell and an M.A. in journalism from American.


Judith 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 sites 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 currently serves as museum historian and on the collections committee. She is Executive Director of Montgomery Preservation Inc. and is also on the board of the Montgomery County Alliance for Heritage Tourism and the Montgomery County MOOseum.



Tony Cohen is a historian, author, and explorer of the American past.  An early purveyor 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, to be released in 2019.

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. 



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, Va.-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 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.


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 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’s Special Collections and University Archives. In 2016, she was awarded an Archival Internship for the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, working 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 there for 20 years as a professional violinist and music teacher.


Clarence Hickey is an interpretive docent with the Montgomery County Historical Society’s (MCHS) Stonestreet Museum of 19th Century Medicine in Rockville, MD, and a re-enactor with the MCHS 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. His 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 Chatauqua 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, 19th Century Physician & Civil War Surgeon, Montgomery County, Maryland, 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, www.jameshjohnston.com, is a writer and lawyer in Washington DC. His articles on history, books, law, and technology have appeared in The Washington Post and Washington Post Magazine, The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, Legal Times of Washington, L Magazine and the Montgomery County Historical Society Story. His history writings encompass such diverse topics as Yarrow Mamout, who is the subject of one of the best, early, African-American portraits, and Confederate General John McCausland, who claimed that he could have captured Washington DC in July 1864 if he only had more men. Most recently, he published a book on the Loughborough family entitled, The Recollections of Margaret Cabell Brown Loughborough: A Southern Woman’s Memories of Richmond, VA and Washington, DC in the Civil War. To learn more about this book and the Loughborough family visit his blog at http://margaretsrecollections.wordpress.com.


Patrick Lacefield is the spokesman for the Montgomery County Executive and 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 infantry. Recently, 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.


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.


Eileen McGuckian holds a BA degree from the University of Maryland, an MA from Western Maryland College, and a Master of Philosophy in American Studies from George Washington University. She is an accomplished historian, author, and recognized leader in historic preservation at the local, regional, and state levels. She is the founder, past president, and immediate past Executive Director of Peerless Rockville Historic Preservation, Ltd. Her 2001 book, Rockville: Portrait of a City, is a signature project of Rockville’s Millennium Celebration. Eileen has written numerous other articles and books on local and state history, including The Sesquicentennial of Rockville: Local Government at 150 Years published in 2010. She has served on numerous boards and commissions, including the Maryland Historical Trust, Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission, Rockville Historic District Commission, Montgomery County History Consortium, and the Rotary Club of Rockville.


Ms. Lorraine Dutcher Minor is a past president of the Genealogy Club of the Montgomery County Historical Society and has served as chair of the Education Committee. Ms. Minor has 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 is a volunteer at the Washington DC Family History Center in Kensington, MD and teaches classes and speaks locally on basic genealogical subjects. She is currently doing research on her ancestors from Maine, New York, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio and helping her husband with research in Tennessee and Kentucky.


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 the Montgomery County Historical Society. He and his wife live in Bethesda.



Robert Plumb is a resident of Montgomery County and a long-time member of the Historical Society and its 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 again in 2013 in softcover format.  His writing has 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 the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.  Annually from 2014 to 2017, he attended the Yale University Writing Conferences in residence.  He is a member of the Montgomery County and the Capitol Hill Civil War Round Tables 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 wife, TV journalist Cokie Roberts, write a nationally syndicated newspaper column, and they have 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 spy some friends who were extras.  Not recognizing some of the main characters piqued her interest 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 Soderberg is a public historian with the Germantown Historical Society (Maryland), and the Friends of Oakley Cabin and the Underground Railroad. She has written several historical documents including: A Guide to Civil War Sites in Maryland: Blue and Gray in a Border State; The Met: A History of the Metropolitan Branch of the B&O Railroad; Lest We Forget: A Guide to Civil War Monuments in Maryland; Who Was Who of the Civil War Correspondents; and A History of Germantown, Maryland. Susan is a Commissioner on the Governor’s Commission of Military Monuments, on the Board of the Germantown Historical Society, and holds membership in numerous national and local historical associations. Susan was one of two researchers for the 2011 film “Life in a War Zone: Montgomery County in the Civil War,” produced by Heritage Montgomery.



Judith 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 the Montgomery County, Maryland, Commission on Aging, been a Board member of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Trust for the national park, and is a speaker for the Montgomery County Historical Society. 



Paige Whitley holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Chinese and Linguistics from Georgetown University, and Master’s degree from UCLA; she has lived in China for more than 10 years.   After returning to the area from Beijing in 2013, she became involved in researching the local history of the River Road area in Bethesda/Chevy Chase, and is co-author with David Kathan and Amy Rispin of “Tracing a Bethesda, Maryland, African American Community and its Contested Cemetery” (Washington History, Fall 2017). More recently she presented “Living through Slavery, Civil War & Colonization: What Happened to the Colonization Survivors of Île à Vache, Haiti?” which traced survivors to the D.C. area (D.C. History Conference, Fall 2018). A self-professed genealogy “geek”, she is constantly amazed at the interconnections between people and the “small world” we share, both past and present.


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.