Professor Emeritus of History at Plymouth State University, John Allen was awarded the International Skiing History Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. He serves as historian for the New England Ski Museum in Franconia, and is the author of several books, including From Skisport to Skiing: One Hundred Years of an American Sport, The Culture and Sport of Skiing from Antiquity to World War II, and A Historical Dictionary of Skiing. Allen has served as a consultant to several ski history documentary films.
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Patrick D. Anderson, Gibney Distinguished Professor at Colby-Sawyer College, is a cultural historian who teaches American studies, film, and Native American studies courses. His research on indigenous peoples has taken him to the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, the American Southwest, and Central and South America. Anderson has also written about Hollywood filmmaking and the Academy Awards and hosted a televised film review program, "Reel Talk." He has degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Michigan.
Cristina Ashjian is an art historian and an independent scholar based in Moultonborough, where she is presently the chair of the Moultonborough Heritage Commission. Her current research focuses on late 19th and early 20th century country estates. Ashjian holds an MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and a PhD in Modern Art and Architecture from Northwestern University.
Aaron Blais is a history teacher at Exeter High School. In his capacity as a teacher, he directs the Veteran Outreach Initiative, a program designed to bring curriculum to NH high schools that incorporates students' interviews of veterans into learning objectives. He also helped develop public programs focused on discussions of Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s film, The Vietnam War. He is a US Army veteran of Iraq.
Marek Bennett teaches music and comics in New England and the world beyond. He holds an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Keene State College, and is a rostered teaching artist with the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. His work includes the graphic novel The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby and the NH history webcomic Live Free and Draw. His historical band The Hardtacks received a 2016 "Best of NH" award from NH Magazine.
Chris Benedetto has taught history courses at Granite State College since 2009. He has published numerous articles on New Hampshire history and co-authored the book Union Soldier of the American Civil War: A Visual Reference. In 2013, Chris was presented with a "Good Steward" Award from the Campus Compact for New Hampshire for his continuing contributions to community education and historical preservation. He has also been a member of various American Revolution and Civil War re-enactment organizations for over twenty years.
From 2009-2011 Suzanne Brown conducted literature and medicine conversations in Maine for staff in veterans hospitals.
Raised in the Lakes Region, Dan Billin earned a BA in Communications from Brigham Young University. He worked as a newspaper reporter for the Valley News in Lebanon, New Hampshire for seventeen years. Billin's passion for history and nose for a story led him to uncover a wealth of detail about the shocking and largely forgotten tale of the birth and death of Noyes Academy.
Adam Boyce, a 10th-generation Vermonter and lifelong student of history, has been a popular Humanities to Go presenter since 2005. Beginning in 1991, when Boyce started dancing, fiddling, calling and playing the piano, he has made a study of nearly every aspect of traditional New England dancing and music history. Boyce has also been a regular on fiddle contest circuits as a judge, piano accompanist, and as a competitor.
Steve Blunt is an award-winning musician and storyteller with over 20 years experience in education and the arts. He has been selected seven times as a grant-funded artist for the NH State Library's "Kids, Books, and the Arts" program and is committed to sharing traditional folklore and history with audiences of all ages. He holds an MA in Teaching of English from Teachers College at Columbia.