Listings are in alphabetical order (by last name)
Gordon Bond is an independent historian, author, and lecturer who focus is primarily on New Jersey history topics. In 2008, he founded Garden State Legacy (GSL), an online resource for the state’s history and preservation community. He has published six books on subjects ranging from general history to the 1951 Woodbridge train wreck to the first African American voter under the Fifteenth Amendment. He has written numerous articles for GSL and is currently working on a book about Rev. Hannibal Goodwin, who invented roll film in Newark, not only revolutionizing still photography, but making cinema possible.
Mr. Chandler has been involved in American Revolutionary War living history since 1974. He has portrayed infantry, light infantry, whale-boat raider and both mounted and dismounted dragoons. He presently serves as Lieutenant and adjutant of the reestablished “Sheldon’s Horse”, 2nd Regiment Continental Light Dragoons. He has given talks on a variety of subjects to numerous organizations and historical societies.
Rick Geffken has written numerous articles on various aspects of New Jersey history for local newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. An energetic and popular speaker, he has spoken at the New Jersey History & Historic Preservation symposia, Rutgers and Monmouth Universities and dozens of libraries and historical societies throughout the Garden State and has appeared on the New Jersey Cable TV show Family Historian. Rick is a trustee of the Shrewsbury Historical Society, past president, and a trustee of the Jersey Coast Heritage Museum at Sandlass House, former publisher of the Monmouth Connection and a member of the Navesink Maritime Historical Association and the Monmouth County Historical Association. He is currently heading up a project called the New Jersey Slavery Records Index.
Tara Maharjan is the Processing Archivist at Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University. Her work at Rutgers includes arrangement and description (including EAD finding aids), social media and outreach, and curation of the New Jersey Beer Collection. She holds Masters degrees from Simmons College in History and Library Science with a concentration in archiving. Prior to Rutgers, she worked as a Cataloger at the Internet Archive and a cookbook librarian for America’s Test Kitchen. She was a part of the inaugural South Asian American Digital Archive Archivists’ Collective, webmaster and social media coordinator for the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance, and Director of Operations for The Asha Project.
Hana Maruyama is a Ph.D. candidate in American Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and will be joining the University of Connecticut as an Assistant Professor of Digital Public History this fall. Her research examines how the U.S. relied on and reproduced settler colonialism through Japanese American incarceration during World War II and the impact not only on Japanese Americans but also on American Indian and Alaska Native communities. She co-created and co-produced Campu, a podcast with Japanese American oral history organization Densho that uses material culture and oral history to center the day-to-day lives of Japanese Americans in the concentration camps. She formerly worked for American Public Media's Order 9066, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. She is a descendant of Japanese Americans imprisoned at Jerome, Heart Mountain, and Gila River.
An actor and writer, Jeff has performed on countless stages throughout the Metropolitan area. He is a founding member of the Raconteur Radio and Alliance theatre companies, and has performed with several NYC-based companies, including Bon Bock, Creative Voices, and Ten-Grand-and-a-Burger. Jeff has also appeared in award-winning short films made with Off Stage Films, a film production company affiliated with the New Jersey Film School.
As a writer, Jeff has been a featured performer at the Trenton Avant Garde Festival, the Palmyra Tea Room, the Proletkult Poetry Circus, the Court Tavern, the KGB Bar, and the Barron Arts Center. He has had his work published in several periodicals, most recently in noir fiction journal, “Rock and a Hard Place.”
Jeff is a life-long New York Mets fan. We are all entitled to our well-meaning passions and flaws.
Mark Nonestied is the Middlesex County Historian and has been a staff member of the County since 1991. He is the coauthor of several articles and books about Middlesex County and New Jersey History. He has received an Award of Merit from the Archaeological Society of New Jersey for his “scholarship and support of the archaeological excavations research in Middlesex County" and in 2017, was recognized by the New Jersey Historical Commission with an Award of Recognition for his outstanding service to public knowledge and preservation of the history of New Jersey.
Fernanda Perrone is an archivist and librarian with interests in American women's history, Japanese and Korean history, and exhibitions in archives and libraries. Her research has focused on the archives and history of American women religious, particularly in the field of higher education. Since 1992, she has worked as an archivist at Special Collections and University Archives, New Brunswick Libraries (SC/UA), specializing in manuscript collections, especially the documentation of women’s higher education and women’s organizations. Perrone is the Archivist and Head of the Exhibitions Program and Curator of the William Elliot Griffis Collection, Special Collections/University Archives. She received her B.A. and M.A. from McGill University, D. Phil in history from Oxford University, and an M.L.S. from Rutgers University.
Andy Urban is an Associate Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. In 2019, he was Fulbright Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria, where he worked with students on public humanities projects exploring the history of local World War II-era Displaced Persons camps, and their place in Austrian collective and national memory. His current book project focuses on the history of Seabrook Farms, a frozen foods agribusiness and company town in southern New Jersey that recruited incarcerated Japanese Americans, guestworkers from the British West Indies, and European Displaced Persons and stateless Japanese Peruvians during the 1940s and 1950s. Andy’s research on Seabrook Farms is also the subject of an online exhibition hosted by the New Jersey Digital Highway, which he curated with Rutgers’ students, and a 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute that focused on how to incorporate histories of incarceration, relocation, and resettlement during the World War II era into K-12 curriculum.
Andy’s academic writing has appeared in the Journal of Asian American Studies; Journal of American Ethnic History; Journal of American History; Journal of Policy History, Gender and History, The Public Historian; Radical History Review; and American Studies. His opinion pieces have appeared in the Washington Post, Newark Star-Ledger, South Jersey Times, Public Radio International, and Inside Higher Ed.
Eliza Vincz-Lichack earned a BA in art history from Rosemont College with a focus in the socio-economic aspects of fashion in late 18th century America and Europe. She applies her studies to recreate high fashions that started revolutions using the seeming mundane activities such as getting dressed and taking tea to highlight women's active place in politics. She is a mezzo-soprano who enjoys singing pieces from comic operas and popular music from the 18th century with passion. Using recipes from historical treatises on cosmetics and hair, Eliza busts myths on historical hygiene with humor and enthusiasm making history just a little easier to understand.